|Episode:||Rockets or Romance|
|Original Airdate:||April 04, 1971|
|Written by:||Arthur Julian|
|Directed by:||Marc Daniels|
|Produced by:||Edward H. Feldman, William A. Calihan & Jerry London|
- Colonel Hogan - Bob Crane
- Corporal Louis LeBeau - Robert Clary
- Corporal Peter Newkirk - Richard Dawson
- Sergeant Andrew Carter - Larry Hovis
- Sergeant Richard Baker - Kenneth Washington
Camp Personnel Edit
Guest Stars Edit
- Guard - Kenneth Du Main
- Radio Operator - James Savett
- Major Heintzen - Norman Alden
- Lily Frankel - Marlyn Mason
Story Notes Edit
- This is the one hundred and fifty-sixth produced episode of the series, but is the one hundred and sixty-eighth and last episode to be shown on television, and is also the twenty-fourth and last episode shown for the Sixth Season.
- This is the last episode of the series, both production wise and chronologically.
- This is the final episodic appearance for Bob Crane as Colonel Hogan, Werner Klemperer as Kommandant Klink, John Banner as Sergeant Schultz, Robert Clary as Corporal LeBeau, Richard Dawson as Corporal Newkirk, Larry Hovis as Sergeant Carter, Kenneth Washington as Sergeant Richard Baker and Leon Askin as General Albert Burkhalter.
- CBS aired this, the series finale, a month before most of its other shows wrapped up their seasons. Hogan's Heroes was to become a victim of the network's massive overhaul for the 1971-72 season. (Other casualties included Here's Lucy, The Beverly Hillbillies, and The Ed Sullivan Show.)
Timeline Notes and Speculations Edit
- This episode takes place in late April of 1945, not long before Stalag 13 is liberated by the Allies. The work detail is filling shell hole craters in the road outside of camp. The Germans, both Wehrmacht and SS panzer, are positioning units in and around Stalag 13 for combat. Included among these are mobile rocket launchers; hence the involvement of our heroes in the action. Lastly, Hogan tells his underground contact that he has been at Stalag 13 for three years (1942 to 1945).
- Klink tells Hogan the Allies will be stopped before they can capture Munich - which was captured on April 30, 1945.
- As Hogan is waiting for Frankel to arrive, he hears sounds coming towards the door. He positions himself to one side of the door so he can surprise whoever comes inside. The only problem with Hogan's plan is that he is now standing directly in front of a window -- frosted like most indoor set windows on the show, but a moving shadow would have been visible. If there had been any German soldiers outside, they could have easily shot him.
- When Hogan meets Frankel at the lookout, he is surprised to find she is a woman. He shouldn't be, though, as they'd worked together before in Six Lessons from Madame LaGrange.
- The mobile rocket launcher used in this episode, which we have seen often in previous episodes, looks nothing at all like a German Meillerwagen or Vidalwagen -- assuming these are supposed to be V-2 rockets or the like.
- Burkhalter says that the rockets will be launched at England to coincide with a Luftwaffe blitz. After Operation Bodenplatte in January 1945 the Luftwaffe was too weak to blitz any place. The last significant bomber-type attacks on England happened during the early 1944 Operation Steinbock which is what Burkhalter might have been referring to -- except that V-2 strikes did not begin until September.
- Rockets or Romance at TV.com
- Rockets or Romance at the Internet Movie Database
- Rockets or Romance episode capsule at Webstalag 13
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