|Episode:||The Safecracker Suite|
|Original Airdate:||March 25, 1966|
|Written by:||Laurence Marks|
|Directed by:||Howard Morris|
|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
- Alf the Artist - Walter Burke
- Major Kronman - Anthony Eustrel
- Captain Guenther - Booth Colman
- Burgermeister - Eric Lord
- Soldier - Christopher Riordan
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Colonel Klink's old friend, Major Hans Kronman, comes to Stalag 13 for a visit, where he is quickly arrested by the Gestapo. Before he is dragged away from the building, Kronman slips something to Colonel Hogan. Examining it later in the barracks, it turns out that it is the key to a hotel's safe deposit box. Kinch appears from the tunnel with information from London on Major Kronman. He is believed to be a member of a conspiracy to kill Hitler. Unfortunately, Hogan and the gang have to write him off. They consider the possibility of going to the hotel to open the box with the key. The job of cracking the hotel's safe is too big for Newkirk to handle, so he suggests a professional job, done by a man he once knew, Alfie the Artist. Alf is a professional safecracker, practicing for 40 years "with time off for bad behavior." London finds him and sends him in for the job. Hogan gets Klink's cooperation in the matter by saying that whatever is in that box could incriminate Klink as a possible member of the conspiracy, and by turning over the key, he would appear to be trying to cover up for himself. Hogan has Klink throw a party at the hotel in town so that the prisoners can get there and have Alf do his thing. The party is interrupted by the same Gestapo man who had arrested Kronman, but he soon leaves after a quick look around. Alf blows the safe, the prisoners get the contents, and the job is done. Inside the safe is a list of people that Kronman was going to contact. Hogan 'sells' the list to Klink in exchange for extra privileges, but Klink tries to revoke them after he has the list. Hogan counters by asking what made Klink so sure there isn't a copy of that list, winning Hogan and his men back their new extra privileges.
Story Notes Edit
- This is the twenty-eighth produced episode of the series, but is the twenty-seventh episode to be shown on television.
- The title is a pun based on Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky's ballet, The Nutcracker Suite.
- A wedding ring on Larry Hovis' left hand is seen during the episode as his character, Sergeant Carter (who is unmarried) is seen eating dinner.
- One of the actors who is normally seen only as a background prisoner is used as a guard by the door to Klink's office.
Timeline Notes and Speculations Edit
- A date of late April or early May of 1943 would naturally tie into the initial roundup of anti-Hitler conspirators by the Gestapo. This would have been the group headed by Colonel Hans Oster of the Abwehr. This might also be the earliest possible date that news of the anti-Hitler conspiracy would have reached our heroes.
- Alfie the Artist, the British safecracker being flown in to help Hogan, is dropped by parachute outside of Stalag 13. The plane that delivers him is a postwar C-46 Commando, showing postwar USAF insignia and colors.
- The Safecracker Suite at TV.com
- The Safecracker Suite at the Internet Movie Database
- The Safecracker Suite episode capsule at Webstalag 13
- The Safecracker Suite episode on YouTube
- Hogan's Heroes Fanclub
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