Kommandant Gertrude

Trivia, Quotes, Notes and Allusions

Quotes (7)

  • Klink: Don't come to attention; I'm just passing through. Newkirk: Wasn't even considering it.

  • Gertrude: Moving the guard towers is not necessary? Hogan: Oh, there's never been a successful escape from Stalag 13. Gertrude: Ja, so Klink has told me. And told me. And told me.

  • Klink: Oh, excuse me. Schultz is drowing in the punch bowl again. Fraulein Richter: Is there, uh, a chance that he might, uh, play the violin? Hogan: When you joined the Underground, you knew you were risking torture.

  • Gertrude: I would like you to meet my fiancé. Major Wolfgang Karp, this is Colonel Wilhelm Klink, Kommandant. Karp: Herr Kommandant. Klink: Major Karp. Any fiancé of Gertrude's is a fiancé of mine. Uh, I mean a friend of mine.

  • Hogan: How'd it go? Fraulein Richter: Oh, that violin. I thought I'd scream! Hogan: It's Klink's version of the Chinese water torture.

  • Klink: What is this remarkable fascination I have for women? Why do they want me? Why, Hogan? Hogan: Oh, I don't know. Could be your brains, your charm, your wit, your military bearing. Klink: Yes? Hogan: Could be. I doubt it. Klink: Dismissed!

  • Newkirk: That's the smallest general I ever saw. Hogan: Maybe we oughtta throw him back.

Notes (2)

  • Kathleen Freeman played Gertrude Linkmeyer, General Burkhalter's sister, in all four episodes of the series. Kathleen Freeman had a total 291 credits from television, film and theater dating back to 1948.

    This episode marked the only appearance from both Lee Bergere and Johnny Haymer.
    Johnny Haymer had a total 84 acting credits dating back from 1956 and he appeared in 20 M*A*S*H episodes as Sgt. Zelmo Zale.

    This episode marks the only appearance from Leslie Parrish, born Marjorie Hellen, with 73 acting credits dating from 1955. Leslie Parrish was a model until 1959 using her given name, thereafter starring as Leslie Parrish.

  • This episode appears fourth on the VHS collection's "High-Strung Kommandant" volume.

Allusions (1)

  • Hogan compares Klink's violin solo to Chinese water torture. This alludes to a slow, methodical process in which water is dripped onto an enemy's head with the intent of eventually rendering him insane. This method has never been directly attributed to Chinese usage; indeed it was first used in 16th Century Italy.