M*A*S*H episode
“Movie Tonight”
MASH episode 5x22 - Movie Tonight - Hotlips sings
After the film projector showing "My Darling Clementine" breaks down, in the attempt to provide entertainment while Klinger tries to fix it, Maj. Houlihan sings a rousing rendition of "C'est Magnifique" in the episode "Movie Tonight".
Season 5, Episode # 22
Number (#119) in series (256 episodes)
Guest star(s) Enid Kent
Judy Farrell
Jeffery Kramer
Carmine Scelza
Network: CBS-TV
Production code: U824
Writer(s) Gene Reynolds, Don Reo, Allan Katz, and Jay Folb
Director Burt Metcalfe
Original airdate February 22, 1977
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Movie Tonight was the 119th episode of M*A*S*H, the 22nd in the fifth season of the show, which originally aired on CBS-TV on February 22, 1977. It was written by Gene Reynolds, Don Reo, Allan Katz, and Jay Folb and directed by Burt Metcalfe.


Colonel Potter hopes a Western will be the cure for the 4077th's morale problem. But during the show, the staff of the camp is forced to make its own entertainment during the frequent film breakages.

Full episode summaryEdit

Without any wounded to take care of, the 4077th is bored and cranky. A simple session of cleaning up the O.R. leads to the staff yelling at one another. Col. Potter gets so frustrated he walks out on all of them. But Father Mulcahy, coming from Seoul, brings some good news: a movie that Potter requested and he is clearly very excited about. He's so excited, in fact, he announces that his "all-time favorite movie" will be shown after dinner.

The crankiness continues through dinner--everyone's in such a bad mood, no one's talking, so dinner is a tension-filled event. But Potter comes in and announces the night's movie is the classic Henry Fonda picture My Darling Clementine (1946). This--and Potter's enthusiasm--seems to cheer everyone up.

Later, the movie starts, to the cheers and applause of the audience. Unfortunately, just a few minutes into the picture, the film goes off the reel and the screen goes dark. As Klinger fixes the film, Col. Potter organizes a community sing-along, and after some cajoling they all sing "The Tennessee Waltz."

The film starts again, and runs for another few minutes, when--at a crucial scene--it goes out again. The crowd starts to get really annoyed, when Father Mulcahy--via piano--breaks into "Gee Mom, I Want To Go Home", causing everyone to sing along, and add their own specific sets of lyrics. Radar then does some impressions, followed by everyone doing impressions of Father Mulcahy (Radar doing the best job), ending with Hot Lips singing a song all on her own, getting so wrapped up in the performance she doesn't even stop after the movie starts up again.

During the film's climactic shoot-out, everyone gets in on the act, play-pretending shooting each other, with them all falling over in mock agony. It leads to everyone laying on the floor as the movie rolls on. The festive mood is broken when a jeep arrives carrying wounded, snapping everyone into action.

Research notes/Fun factsEdit

  • Hawkeye and B.J. sing a duet "We work on patients during the day and on nurses during the night." B.J. working on nurses is more in keeping with Trapper John attitude toward women.
  • There is a dark moment that was meant to sound funny after the "Gee Mom, I Want To Go Home" scene. After Radar's impressions, Frank decides to add on his own verse to the song. He stands and sings that he'd like stab Hawkeye and B.J. right in the heart. As expected, this does not go over well with the rest of the staff.
  • The song Margaret sings is "C'est Magnifique", written by Cole Porter in 1953 for the musical Can-Can.

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