|Episode:||Hold That Tiger|
|Original Airdate:||September 24, 1965|
|Written by:||Richard M. Powell|
|Directed by:||Robert Butler|
|Produced by:||Edward H. Feldman & Bernard Fein|
- Colonel Hogan - Bob Crane
- Corporal Louis LeBeau - Robert Clary
- Corporal Peter Newkirk - Richard Dawson
- Sergeant James Kinchloe - Ivan Dixon
- Sergeant Andrew Carter - Larry Hovis
Camp Personnel Edit
Guest Stars Edit
Plot Details Edit
Colonel Klink boasts to Hogan and his men during an evening roll call that Germany is developing some new and powerful weapons, including the new Tiger tank, which he claims would help to shorten the war, thus leading to a German victory. After roll call is over, Hogan quickly asks Klink if the tanks of the aforementioned Panzer Division are west of the camp; Klink tells him no, before Hogan goes into his barracks. Klink's boast leads Hogan and his men to start coming up with an elaborate scheme so that they can get their hands on one of the new Tiger tanks, from which they would make blueprints that they would then send over to London. Eventually, Hogan comes up with a plan.
The prisoners are soon working on an inside wall of Barracks 2, when Schultz appears. After he asks what is going on, Hogan tells Schultz that they are going to put in a picture window that would give the prisoners a sweeping view of the delousing station. A Waffen-SS officer, actually Newkirk in disguise, than appears, addressing Schultz. A panicking Schultz then calms down after seeing that it is Newkirk, but as he sees him leave with LeBeau to have the uniform worked on a bit more, Schultz becomes curious and asks Hogan why Newkirk is wearing the uniform. After being told the reason why by Hogan, a now very panicky Schultz leaves. Later Hogan enters Klink's office to protest to Klink about his men being interrogated by a Gestapo officer. Corporal Langenscheidt soon appears, after knocking on Klink's door several times, to inform Klink that a Gestapo officer wants to leave the camp, but he can't since there doesn't seem to be any record of him actually coming in. Klink tells the Senior Lance Corporal to let the Gestapo officer go, having no clue that it is actually Newkirk in disguise.
Hogan, moments before a new roll call is to begin, briefs his man in his office on what they are going to do when Newkirk arrives at camp with the captured Tiger tank, including LeBeau escaping the camp during the confusion that would be caused by the tank's arrival, so that he would be able to switch places with the underground agent who would later take the tank's blueprints to London. The men then go out for roll call.
During roll call, one of the prisoners is soon discovered missing by Schultz. As he starts to report this to Klink, one of the new Tiger tanks suddenly enters Stalag 13, which LeBeau uses as the moment to escape as planned, driven by a German officer who is claiming that he has been sent to help put down a prisoner revolt. The officer is actually Newkirk, still disguised as the Waffen-SS officer, but now wearing a tanker's helmet on his head. Klink, although presented papers which claims that the officer has been ordered to crush the non-existent revolt, argues with the still disguised Newkirk about him calling for a tank. Hogan then informs Klink that one of his men has escaped. Klink then calls for the prison camp guards to start looking for the escaped prisoner, while Newkirk says that he would assist in the search with the tank. At the same time, the other prisoners are ordered back into the barracks. Moments later, Newkirk quickly drives the tank into Barracks 2, watched by a shocked Schultz, who then joins in the search for the escaped prisoner. Once the tank is inside the Barracks, Hogan's men start to dismantle it, with blueprints of the pieces to be made inside the tunnels.
Later, Sergeant Carter reenters Barracks 2, quickly informing Hogan that the search for LeBeau is still going on. The surprised prisoners then hear a knock coming from under the rising bed entrance, which is under one of the bunk beds, which confuses them even more. After the bottom part of the bed has rose up, LeBeau appears, soon informing Hogan and the others that he has come back through the emergency tunnel because the agreed to plan just wouldn't work. After being lectured by Hogan, LeBeau informs him that the underground contact is with him and waiting for permission to enter. Hogan tells the contact to come up, who turns out to be - Tiger, a female French resistance fighter, soon revealing to the others why LeBeau has thought that the original plan wouldn't work now. Hogan blows his stack upon seeing that she is the agent who would be taking the completed blueprints out of the camp, before he watches his men start to argue over whose bunk Tiger would be sleeping in.
The next day, Tiger is shown being fitted by Newkirk for some bulky civilian clothing inside Hogan's office, within which would be sewn the tank blueprints. Newkirk is somewhat reluctant to place the measuring tape across Tiger's bust during the fitting before she decides to help him by doing it herself. After Tiger and Hogan has an argument over her being there, she is informed by him that the dismantled tank would be put back together in the soon to be closed rec hall, and it would be used to help cover her escape. This impresses her. Schultz then appears, soon walking past Tiger and telling Hogan that Klink wants to see him, who is mad because there seems to have been no real escape the previous night. It takes a while before he realizes that Tiger, a woman, is in the room, causing him to panic for a while, before he finally leaves.
Inside Klink's office, Hogan is reprimanded for telling Klink that a prisoner is missing only for him to be found at roll call that morning, and for that the rec hall would be closed to the prisoners for a week. After that, Klink then asks Hogan if he has seen the tank and if he or his men have seen it leave. When Hogan informs Klink that they has been locked up in their barracks, Klink asks him if his men have even taken a peek through the windows. Helga then appears, telling Klink that he has a call from General Hofstader, who is asking about the tank. Klink picks up his phone, and speaks with the General, soon telling him that, truthfully, he has never asked for it, and while it has been there, he has been involved with a prison escape attempt that wasn't and that it was gone when he and his men came back. He then tells the General that he would look for it. After the call, Hogan asks if the Germans are missing a tank. Klink suspects that the tank is still inside the camp and that he would have his men look everywhere for it, including the prisoners. Hogan leaves after hearing this, telling Klink that he is sure that the tank would reappear.
Later, after LeBeau has finished making a complaint to Kinchloe about his coffee pot being used as a listening device, Kinch informs Hogan that General Hofstader was on his way to get the tank back. Hogan then informs Newkirk that he might as well prepare the tank for its exit. As Newkirk leaves, Tiger and LeBeau walks into Hogan's office, with Tiger now in the bulky trainwoman's uniform. After she models it, and Hogan is told by LeBeau that the blueprints are sewn into the uniform, Kinch leaves Hogan's office, wishing Tiger luck. Hogan then tell LeBeau to give her some fatigue clothes that would go over the uniform for roll call. LeBeau gives her the clothes, and after also wishing her good luck as well, he leaves. When she has a little trouble trying to put on the overalls, Hogan tries to help her, but she informs him that she could put them on by herself. Once dressed, she apologizes for the trouble that she has caused Hogan by being there, but she then tells him why she has taken the assignment: she has heard a lot of good things about his group and wanted to see it for herself. After being there for a while, she could now see why they have such a high reputation. The two then hears the bell for roll call, and after being reminded by Kinch, they go out and join the others. Soon, Tiger is seen standing with the prisoners outside Barracks 2.
During this roll call, an angry General Hofstader arrives at the stalag in his staff car, along with his staff, soon demanding to know the whereabouts of the still missing tank. The General and Klink are soon arguing over the tank's location, while Schultz is getting very nervous over the fact that Tiger is standing with the prisoners, in Newkirk's spot. Hogan promises Schultz that Newkirk would be back soon, just as Newkirk starts the tank inside the rec room. As Klink tries to convince the General not to tell Berlin about the missing tank, he tells the General that he is sure that the tank would reappear. Which it does, as it suddenly bursts out of the rec hall, soon headed towards Klink and the General. The General quickly steps in front of the tank, demanding it to stop. When it doesn't, he gets out of its way, along with his staff and the camp's guards, while the prisoners follow them around, to help sow even more confusion.
During this general confusion, as the tank burst through the front gate, soon followed out of camp by the General and his staff, Tiger, after kissing Hogan, escapes from the camp with the plans.
Later, Klink and Hogan are once again inside Klink's office, with Klink watching Hogan cracking a walnut with his helmet. Klink, after taking back his helmet and placing it back onto his desk, asks Hogan what has just happened. Hogan answers by saying that it is all a Gestapo plot to blemish Klink's perfect record because they are jealous of him back in Berlin. As he waits for a reply, Hogan pours himself some sherry from a decanter and then drinks it. Klink is disbelieving of Hogan's explanation as he watches Hogan take some walnuts from his desk. Hogan then leaves Kink's office, with Klink staring at him as the episode ends.
Story Notes Edit
- This is the third completed episode of the series, but the second episode to be shown on television.
- This is the first episode shown in color.
- The episode's title is probably a reference to the pre-1920 jazz standard, Tiger Rag, which includes the words, "Hold that Tiger", in the song.
- The series' more normal title sequence is shown for the first time.
- Colonel Hogan's airman hat sitting atop of Colonel Klink's spiked helmet is shown with the end credits for the first time.
- This is the first time that the term, Stalag 13, is used in the series.
- The rising bed entrance into and out of the tunnels, under Barracks 2, appears for the first time.
- During this episode, Klink comes out of his office and salutes. This clip is (re)used in the opening montage/credits throughout the rest of the series.
- Sergeant Schultz mentions that he's married in this episode.
- The bulletin board appears in the episode.
- Newkirk's Hands Across The Sea comment as he tries to get close to Tiger is a reference to an 1899 Sousa military march that is dedicated to America's Allies during the war.
- Two historical figures are mentioned in this episode: Mata Hari and Tokyo Rose.
- This is the first episodic appearance of Jon Cedar as Corporal Langenscheidt.
- This is the first episodic appearance of Arlene Martel as Tiger.
- This is the first appearance of Larry Hovis as a series regular. This is his character, Carter, first appearance as a Sergeant.
- Since Larry Hovis (Carter) has just joined the series as a regular cast member, they do not have any footage of him yet, so they film him working the antenna for the radio as his name comes up during the opening montage. It runs right after the footage credits of Ivan Dixon (Kinch) - always the radio man - shown running the radio. This lasts until episode 4 when they switch over to the 'Carter mixing chemicals' scene as his footage credits.
- The shot of the guard working his searchlight in one of the gate towers became one of the iconic stock shots of the series. It was reused for the new series color titles, and also sometimes turns up in other WWII-based movies and series of the late 1960s and early 1970s - such as the The Rat Patrol episode, "The Double Or Nothing Raid."
- The tension you see between Hogan (Bob Crane) and Newkirk (Richard Dawson) in this episode and for the rest of the series was for real. Crane had beaten out Dawson in auditions for the part of Hogan. The animosity between the two eventually became so great that Dawson declined to attend Crane's funeral.
Timeline Notes and SpeculationsEdit
- It is implied that Newkirk was drafted into the RAF.
- The episode centers around the development and deployment of a new Tiger tank by the Wehrmacht. Historically, this was most likely the original Tiger Mark I ('Panzerkampfwagen VI'). It entered service in August 1942, and quickly built up a fearsome reputation among the Allies. There is an outside possibility that it was the Tiger I's successor, the King Tiger (Panzerkampfwagen VIB). It was undergoing prototype testing in 1943.
- However, it is abundantly clear that the tank in question bears no resemblance to either a Tiger I (Pz VI) or King Tiger (Pz VIB). Its correct identity as an American tank (M7 Priest) is listed down thread.
- Newkirk (In shock): Steal a German tank?
- Hogan: We'll give it back... after we take it apart and make blueprints.
- Kinchloe: Well, how do we get a hold of it?
- LeBeau: How do we get it in here?
- Newkirk: Where are we going to hide a tank?
- Carter: Where do we take it apart?
- Hogan: Look... I got the idea of stealing it, right? The rest is detail.
- Schultz: What? What is? What? What? What is? What? What is what?
- Hogan: Remodeling, Schultz. You see, we knock out this wall here, put in a picture window, which gives us a sweeping vista to the delousing station. Then, with some Danish modern pieces in place of... Or what would you think of Provincial, Schultz?
- Schultz: Please, Colonel Hogan!
- Hogan: How else would we get the tank in?
- Schultz: Tank? Tank? Tank? Tank? Tank? Tank?
- Hogan: So we can take it apart.
- Schultz: Oh no! (as he closes his eyes) I don't see anything! I hear nothing! Nothing!
- Schultz: What a relief? If the Gestapo would uncover what's going on in here. (Finally realizing that Newkirk is in a SS officer's uniform) Colonel Hogan...
- Hogan (Looking at Schultz): Hmm?
- Schults: What is he doing in the uniform? Colonel Hogan! Please. Oooohhhh, you went too far. I must report this. It would be worth my life if I do not report this.
- Hogan: It's only until tomorrow. Then he's gonna take it off again.
- Schultz (slightly relieved): Aaahhhhh!
- Hogan: After he steals the tank.
- Schultz (Starting to panic): Ooooohhhh!!!!!
- Hogan: From the Panzer division.
- Schultz: (Panicking more as he heads towards the door): Aaaaaahhhhhhhhh!!!!!!
- Hogan: And brings it here into the barracks.
- Schultz (panicking): Oh, I see nothing! I was not here! I did not even get up this morning! (Schultz then leaves.)
As Colonel Hogan is talking to Colonel Klink in the Klink's office, complaining about a Gestapo officer harassing his man, Corporal Langenscheidt enters the room, reporting that a Gestapo agent wishes to exit the camp:
- Langenscheidt: He has a pass, but they have no record of him entering.
- Klink: What do I care? If he wants out, let him out. The sooner the better!
After Schultz has discovered that one of the prisoners was missing, he asks Hogan for help:
- Klink (yelling): Reeeeeeport!
- Schultz: How can I make a report when number fifteen is missing?
- Hogan: Look at the bright side - fourteen are here.
- Newkirk: Well, where are these rebellious prisoners? The Tiger tank shall smash them, flat... like pancakes!
- Klink (confused): Rebellious prisoner? There are no rebellious prisoners here! They are tame... I have tamed them!
- Newkirk: Then why did you request a tank?
- Klink: I did not!
- Newkirk: You question the word of a Gestapo officer?
- Klink: Certainly not!
- Newkirk: Here are my orders! (Takes fakes orders out of his pocket and throws them to Schultz)
- Klink (looks at the faux orders after being given them by Schultz): They are certainly authentic. I...
- Newkirk: Could there be any doubt?
- Klink: Not a doubt in the world!
- Hogan: Sir... request permission to speak?
- Klink (looks at Hogan, frustrated): No! Yes!
- Hogan: I regret to inform you sir that one of my men seems to have escaped.
- Klink: Escaped??
- Hogan (faking being apologetic): He receives a letter from home today, sir. His girl sent him a, uhm, candid snapshot.
- Newkirk: So! These are your tame prisoners!
After a still disguised Newkirk has driven the Tiger tank into Barracks 2, and as the prisoners start to dismantle it:
- Newkirk: All I wanted was an oil change!
After Tiger's arrival at the camp, as Hogan figures out where to put her up for the night:
- Hogan (angry that his group may be compromised by her being there): Look, this is no game. Guys risk their lives escaping from other camps... We sneak them in here... They depend on us to get them out of Germany... Our whole operation can go right down the drain just cause they send us a woman.
- Tiger (also mad): I have had many more missions, more dangerous then this. And they did not send me - I volunteered.
- Hogan: All right, so you're Mata Hari, but this is an all-male camp! Just where, for instance, do we put you up??
- Newkirk: 'ey, in the spirit of hands across the sea and all that, eh, I hereby volunteer to share my cubicle.
The other prisoners then chime in while an angry Hogan listens in frustration.
- Hogan: What's the matter, Newkirk?
- Newkirk: The matter is, Colonel, a gentleman's tailor is a gentleman's tailor and what we've got here is no gentleman.
As Hogan continues to object to Tiger being the one to take the blueprints to London while she was being fitted for a uniform:
- Hogan: Do the best you can. We got to get her out of here tonight looking like a German civilian. Some kind of a bulky uniform to carry these blueprints.
- Tiger: Colonel. Women work as crew on German trains...
- Hogan (exasperated): I don't care if you put on a kimono and go as Tokyo Rose! Let's just ad lib the whole thing, huh?
- Tiger: Why not? The worst that can happen to you is you get one week in solitary. All I can get is shot!
- Hogan: All right, all right, just have her ready for roll call tonight. The diversion is the tank coming out of the rec hall. And, then you take off after that.
- Tiger (surprised): I thought it was in pieces?
- Hogan: It is in pieces. We're going to put it back together in the rec hall. After the Germans padlock the place.
- Tiger (smiling): Sounds wild.
Newkirk tries to act as peacemaker.
- Newkirk: Colonel never misses. Everything under control. Always!
- Tiger: Except his temper.
After Shultz have noticed Tiger inside Barracks 2:
- Schultz: No, no.
- Hogan: Tokyo Rose.
- Schultz: Oh, Colonel Hogan, this time you went too far... (breaks off while closing his eyes) What am I saying?? I see nothing! Nothing!!
After Klink has finished talking with the Panzer Division commander about the now missing Tiger tank.
- Hogan: Lose a tank?
- Klink: If the tank did not leave the camp, it is still here. If it is still here, your men may have hidden it. Now, we shall search this camp. Inch by inch, barracks by barracks, prisoner by prisoner.
- Hogan: Colonel Klink. Now, 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!
A German general arrives at the camp looking for the now missing Tiger tank, while not seeing a prisoner revolt which was the reason that the tank had been sent to Stalag 13 in the first place. The general looks at Klink:
- Klink: General Hofstader. How nice to see you?
- General Hofstader: Where is my tank, Klink??
- Klink: It hasn't come back yet?
- General Hofstader: Klink, I release a tank to you to put down a riot by prisoners. I see no riot, I see no tank! All I see is a Colonel about to become Corporal!
- Klink: But, General Hofstader, we've searched the grounds, the barracks, the prisoners...
- General Hofstader: (sarcastically): The prisoners?? No one had it in his pocket?? We are talking about a Tiger tank, Klink, not a toy dump truck!!
Schultz sees Tiger standing with the other prisoners, in Newkirk's spot:
- Schultz: Please, Colonel Hogan... you push me too far.
- Hogan: What's the matter Schultz? All fifteen not here?
- Schultz: Fifteen are here, but it is not Newkirk, it doesn't even look like Newkirk... (indicating Tiger) ...in any important respect.
- Hogan: Really?
- Schultz: Please, Colonel Hogan, I do not wish to interfere in your private life, but I must insist...
- Hogan (interrupting Schultz): Schultz, you have my word that Newkirk will be here...any time now.
Schultz stifles a groan while Hogan looks towards the rec hall.
Hofstader is heading back to his staff car, with a pleading Klink following him:
- Klink (pleading): General Hofstader, it will not be necessary for you to report this to Berlin! The tank will turn up, any time now!
(As they talk, Newkirk is in the rec building, starting up the tank.)
Klink, Hofstader and the general's aides hear some noises coming from the rec building. This was quickly followed by the tank bursting out of the building. As the tank heads towards them:
- Klink: See, I told you it would turn up!
As Tiger and Hogan embrace and kiss just before she leaves the stalag during the confusion caused by the escaping Tiger tank, Schultz steps in front of them:
- Schultz: Colonel Hogan... Colonel Hogan... kissing prisoners is verboten!
Klink asks Hogan what had just happened:
- Hogan: The Gestapo!
- Klink: The Gestapo?
- Hogan: Colonel Klink... you never had an escape at Stalag Thirteen. That's a record that not even the Gestapo can match.
- Klink: True. But, I, I...?
- Hogan: It's a plot to discredit you in Berlin.
- Klink: But why?
- Hogan: Your efficiency is showing them up.
- Klink: No!
- Hogan: You have a better theory?
- Klink: But this in incredible. What can I do?
- Hogan: Well, perhaps, one of these days, we might just be able to arrange an escape. Nothing big - fifteen or twenty men.
- Klink (stares at Hogan, then narrows his eyes): Do you realize that what you are suggesting, Colonel Hogan, is treason!
- Hogan: See? You're too perfect. That's why they hate you.
Klink is bewildered by Hogan's comment.
- The tank used in the episode is actually an American-built M7 self-propelled gun and not an actual Tiger, but the world's only operational Tiger is located in England, and would have been prohibitively expensive for such a low-budget show to transport for filming.
- The 3rd Panzer Division mentioned in the story should actually be the 3rd SS Division Totenkopf, based on the uniforms that are worn in the episode by General Hofstader, his staff, and by Peter Newkirk when he is in disguise. In turn, the 3rd SS Division Totenkopf, which is a Waffen-SS Division, is at the time a Panzergrenadier Division.
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