Hogan's Heroes

Season 1 Episode 5

The Flight of the Valkyrie

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Aired Friday 8:30 PM Oct 15, 1965 on CBS
9.4
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The Flight of the Valkyrie
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Because of all the "funny business" going on Klink brings in Colonel Crittendon to replace Hogan as officer in charge of POWs. His arrival louses up plans to help a German baroness escape to England.

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  • Hogan's plan to help a Baroness escape Germany is interrupted when Colonel Klink brings in British Colonel Crittendon, who is unaware of Hogan's setup, to be the senior prisioner of war for Stalag 13.moreless

    8.8
    Despite the fact that I find Colonel Crittendon to be nothing more than annoying, the overall episode works well playing Colonel Crittendon's stuffy by the book way of running things with Hogan's, play it by ear, operation. As annoying as Bernard Fox is, the episode is still on par with many others as Hogan and his men not only try and come up with another crazy scheme to get a German Baroness out of Germany and back to London, but to keep Colonel Crittendon oblivious to the operation being run out of Barracks 3. In this episode Colonel Klink shows a rare display of his secret affection for his secretary Helga when he briefly serenades her with his violin playing Wagner's, Ride of The Valkyries.



    In the end, Klink's plan fails as Colonel Crittendon bungles repeated attempts to escape bringing unwanted attention and stress to Klink and in the end he relents and ships Crittendon back to his former camp.moreless
Werner Klemperer

Werner Klemperer

Col. Wilhelm Klink

Bob Crane

Bob Crane

Col. Robert Hogan

Richard Dawson

Richard Dawson

Cpl. Peter Newkirk

Ivan Dixon

Ivan Dixon

Sgt. James (Ivan) "Kinch" Kinchloe ( seasons 1 - 5 )

Larry Hovis

Larry Hovis

Sgt. Andrew Carter (episode 2+)

John Banner

John Banner

Sgt. Hans Schultz

Louise Troy

Louise Troy

Lili

Guest Star

Frank G. Tallman

Frank G. Tallman

Pilot

Guest Star

Bernard Fox

Bernard Fox

Colonel Crittendon

Recurring Role

Jon Cedar

Jon Cedar

Corporal Langenscheidt

Recurring Role

Walter Janowitz

Walter Janowitz

Schnitzer

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (6)

    • Schultz: (brings in Lili) Where did she come from? Don't tell me, but wherever it was, put her back!

    • Klink: You know, Helga… you know that the whole of our beautiful national soul, our culture is expressed in the Ride of the Valkyries.
      Helga: As a warrior, you must feel it deeply.
      Klink: I do. Perhaps someday, as a fallen hero, I shall be carried off to Valhalla across the saddle of a beautiful German war maiden… such as you, my dear Helga.
      Helga: Are you volunteering for active duty, Herr Kommandant?
      Klink: Be quiet and listen to the music.

    • Klink: Was it really Col. Crittenden who was responsible for yesterday?
      Hogan: Well, let's put it this way--we had to lose him. He was bad luck.

    • Newkirk: I'd love to see his face when he cuts that wire.
      Carter: So would I. Timber.
      Newkirk: I only hope that he doesn't get hit by the plane.
      Carter: Why?
      Newkirk: 'Cause he'd break a prop, that's why.

    • (Kinch and Lebeau hear noises)
      Hogan: Digging?
      Kinch: Sounds like it.
      Lili: Is it one of them?
      Hogan: Worse--I think it's one of us.

    • Lili: Colonel, I will be safe here?
      Lebeau: Not if I can help it.

  • NOTES (4)

    • This episode marks the first of eight related appearances from Bernard Fox, portraying Colonel Crittendon.


      This episode marks the first of three unrelated appearances from Louise Troy.
      Louise Troy was married to William Klemperer from 1969 to 1975.


      This marks the only appearance from Frank G. Tallman.


       

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

    • When Klink talks to Hogan in his office, he refers to several other events happening in previous episodes, including the tank in the rec hall from "Hold That Tiger" and the train blowing up from "The Late Inspector General".

    • This is the first appearance of Bernard Fox as Colonel Crittendon. A British buffoon, Crittendon will return numerous times in the series, always to the dismay of Hogan and his men. Bernard Fox has guest starred in numerous series over the decades, but is best known as Dr. Bombay on "Bewitched" (1964-1972).

  • ALLUSIONS (2)

    • 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.

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