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DVD TV Show Reviews
I've always loved this show, so I am very happy to have it
on DVD. When I was a pre-teen, I just loved Bob Crane (well, to be fair, I
liked a lot of handsome actors, and still do!). The show is smart and
funny. It still stands up today; it's not dated at all, since it took
place in the 40's but was written in the 60's. It was just like M*A*S*H in
that sense, but without any social commentary or preachiness.
It's still amazing to me that they would make a "funny" TV
show about a Nazi concentration camp, especially since most of the viewers at
that time remembered the war very clearly. I suppose what made it work is that
the "bad guys" were all idiots and fools. There were very clearly-drawn
lines between the good guys and bad lines. The only sympathetic German to
speak of was Schultz, and he was not a Nazi, just a soldier putting in his time.
He was easily bribed and helped the good guys all the time, anyway. He
only cared about not getting into trouble.
Sure, the show was not very realistic, but it was just
funny, so it didn't matter. Although it was loosely based on the serious
movie "Stalag 17", it was not very serious. Mostly it was about how the
good guys chased women and got their secret missions done (and they always got
them done!). I'm sure that folks who like military movies enjoyed the
suspense of the military stuff, but to me it is just fun!
There were no extras, which is a shame. Some of the
cast is still alive (lead actor Bob Crane was murdered), so it would have been
nice to see some interviews with them, if nothing else.
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