M*A*S*H: "The Interview"


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In "The Interview," TV journalist Clete Roberts guest-starred as a newsman who visits the 4077 M*A*S*H unit where he conducts interviews with the "cast" about their wartime experiences.  This episode was presented in black-and-white to emphasize its documentary style; the use of black-and-white turned out to be apropos when it became an instant classic.  The inspiration for the show came from legendary broadcast journalist Edward R. Murrow's famed visit to the real Korean front for the '50s documentary series See It Now. "The Interview" was series creator Larry Gelbart's last M*A*S*H episode.

TV Guide's Book of Lists ranked this episode as one of the 100 Greatest Episodes of All Time (at #80), one of just two M*A*S*H episodes listed (the other was "Abyssinia Henry" at #20).  Vince Waldron's Classic Sitcoms: A Celebration of the Best in Prime-Time Comedy called "The Interview," one of "the [series]'s most effective stylistic departures.  A passionate and often chilling look at war through the eyes of reasonable men and women who find themselves stuck in a most unreasonable situation."

"The Interview" aired as the last episode of the fourth season of M*A*S*H on February 24, 1976.

Written & Directed by: Larry Gelbart

Produced by: Gene Reynolds and Larry Gelbart

 

Highlights
Alan Alda on the way improvisation was incorporated into the classic M*A*S*H episode "The Interview"
01:46
Writer Larry Gelbart on how classic M*A*S*H episode "The Interview" was conceived, written, and created
03:18
Editor Mili Lerner Bonsignori on the See It Now report that would later inspire the classic M*A*S*H episode "The Interview"
02:08
Stanford Tischler on the classic M*A*S*H episode "The Interview"
00:56
Burt Metcalfe on the hour-long season seven episode of M*A*S*H: "Our Finest Hour" inspired by season four's "The Interview"
01:23
Jamie Farr on the M*A*S*H episode "The Interview"
01:20
Who talked about this show

Alan Alda

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Alan Alda on the way improvisation was incorporated into the classic M*A*S*H episode "The Interview"
01:46

Mili Lerner Bonsignori

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Editor Mili Lerner Bonsignori on the See It Now report that would later inspire the classic M*A*S*H episode "The Interview"
02:08

Jamie Farr

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Jamie Farr on the M*A*S*H episode "The Interview"
01:20
Jamie Farr on the M*A*S*H episode "The Interview"
00:26
Jamie Farr on the M*A*S*H episode "The Interview"
01:03

Larry Gelbart

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Writer Larry Gelbart on how classic M*A*S*H episode "The Interview" was conceived, written, and created
03:18

Burt Metcalfe

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Burt Metcalfe on the hour-long season seven episode of M*A*S*H: "Our Finest Hour" inspired by season four's "The Interview"
01:23
Burt Metcalfe on William Christopher as "Father Francis Mulcahy" on M*A*S*H
03:01

Harry Morgan

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Actor Harry Morgan briefly on the experience of doing the classic M*A*S*H episode "The Interview"
00:35

Gene Reynolds

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Gene Reynolds on classic M*A*S*H episode "The Interview"
04:45

Stanford Tischler

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Stanford Tischler on editing the classic M*A*S*H episode "The Interview"
00:56

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