Hogan's Heroes

Trivia, Quotes, Notes and Allusions

Quotes (917)

  • Wagner: This man is operating an Underground apparatus so vast and so complicated as to stagger the imagination. Under the very nose of Colonel Klink! Klink: (chuckles nervously) Colonel, spies are notoriously unreliable. Hogan: A spy? He's not one of us? Wagner: Too bad you didn't find it out sooner.

  • Wagner: There is a man here who does not belong here, who has escaped in!

  • Col. Hogan: I'll be at the communications center. Wagner: You mean there's more? Col. Hogan: Keeps us off the streets.

  • Helga: Oh, I have not had nylons in months. Col. Hogan: I understand there's a war on.

  • Col. Hogan: (to Newkirk) Pass the word around, football game is off. Vladimir: Oh no, Colonel, I was supposed to play fullback today. Col. Hogan: Fullback? Now I know we've got to get the game canceled.

  • Schultz: I see nothing!

  • Hogan: Nasty lot, that Himmler crowd.

  • Hogan: Just where do you think we might have hidden a Tiger tank? Klink: It is impossible for you to hide a Tiger tank, therefore I suspect you!

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Notes (637)

  • Larry Hovis portrayed Lieutenant Carter is this first episode, and then he was cast as the recurring character, Sergeant Andrew Carter. Larry Hovis was credited with 166 appearances in total.


  • This episode marks the first of 17 appearances from Jon Cedar from 1965 to 1971.
    Jon Cedar’s most familiar role was that of Corporal Langenscheidt

  • This episode marks the only appearance from Leonid Kinsky.

    This episode marks the only appearance from Richard Sinatra.

    This episode marks the first of 67 recurring appearances from Leon Askin as Burkhalter.

    This episode marks the first of 22 recurring appearances from Cynthia Lynn as Helga in 1965 and 1966; two more episodes she(Cynthia) played unrelated roles in 1968 and in 1971.

  • This is the only episode in which we see Albert Burkhalter as a colonel, after this episode he is promoted to general.

  • This episode appears first on the VHS collection's "Roll Call" volume.

  • This episode marks the first of eight appearances by Stewart Moss. He only plays Olsen in half of these.

  • This episode marks the first of seven unrelated appearances by Noam Pitlik.

  • Helga, in one scene, is shown with the prisoners in the tunnels (thus making her a full-fledged spy). Once the regular series starts it was presumably decided that it would better if Klink's secretary was merely willing to look the other way for certain things and not really be aware of all of Hogan's Heroes' activities.

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Trivia (190)

  • In this episode only, the "Coffee Pot" was to listen in on Klink's telephone, not the listening bug with obvious microphone in the Hitler photo in Klink's office. Hogan explains to Carter ... "This is our phone tap, when the red light goes on Klink's office is phoning outside..."

  • Colonel Hogan tells the informer that the German delivery truck does not have dogs but in reality a recording of barking dogs, Hogan then underlines his remark by saying, "The record is in stereo so it's very convincing" This is a anachronism because stereo recordings did not become commercially available until the early 1950s.

  • Hogan's first kiss in the series is with Helga at her desk, just outside of Col Klink's office. While it is only a small peck on the lips now, later in the series they become longer and in different areas (such as Klink's car).

  • The first character to speak is Sgt. Hans Schultz, when his is counting the prisoners. The first word spoken is "eins" (German for one). The first spoken English words are "Oh, Schultz," as Newkirk falls into the arms of Sgt. Schultz.

  • The first character and German seen in the series is Sgt. Hans Schultz. Following him is Cpl. Louis LeBeau as the first hero seen.

  • This episode was shot in black and white, in contrast with the rest of the series, which was shot in color.

  • Schultz sees many aspects of the prisoners' plans, including Newkirk in a Gestapo uniform, the tank's special hiding place, and the female allied agent.

  • This is the first episode filmed and broadcast in color.

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Allusions (80)

  • Newkirk references "Hands Across The Sea" while trying to get close to Tiger. This is an 1899 Sousa military march dedicated to America's Allies in war time.

  • Explaining why there is a woman in the barracks, Hogan says the underground agent is "Tokyo Rose." Tokyo Rose is the name given by American forces in the South Pacific during World War II to one or more women broadcasting Japanese propaganda.

  • Perhaps someday, as a fallen hero, I shall be carried off to Valhalla across the saddle of a beautiful German war maiden… Valhalla refers to a place in ancient Norse mythology. It was the place reserved for those who fell in battle with glory and honor. They lived in paradise and trained for the final battle between good and evil, known as Ragnarok.

  • Hogan: We like to play these things like 'Eliza crossing the ice.' It keeps us on our toes. 'Eliza crossing the ice' refers to a scene in Uncle Tom's Cabin, by Harriet Beecher Stowe, in which an escaping slave has to carefully cross an icy river to take herself and her children to safety.

  • When Schultz delivers new prisoners to Stalag 13, Hogan states that he is from "Welcome Wagon." Welcome Wagon is a group which welcomes folks to their new neighborhood with gifts and offers of local services. The organization was founded in 1928.

  • Traveler's Aid: Hogan calls Klink 'our local Traveler's Aid man.' The Traveler's Aid Association is an organization dedicated to helping people who are stranded while traveling. Their website can be found here.

  • Klink: "And if I find any Bing Crosby records, I'll smash them, too." A sly allusion to the fact the show was produced by BCP -- Bing Crosby Productions.

  • Hogan: If they had that many troops at the Battle of the Marne, you people wouldn't have lost the First World War. There were two Battles of the Marne, the first (September 1914) stopped the initial German offense and set up four years of trench warfare, the second (July - August 1918) was the last offensive of the Germans in World War I. Hogan could be referring to either.

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