This hilarious show will deliver many laughs as you watch loverboy Hogan and his bunch of tricksters; outwit Col. Klink, and the Gestapo. While, granted, this is not a real-life premise. We all know that POWs didn't did by with things like this; but I think that is the whole point. The POWs in the war couldn't put it over on the Germans; but Hogan can at least get a little revenge for them, albeit comedic revenge on television. Anything in life is easier to handle once we come to the place that we can poke fun at it and laugh hardily.
Recommend this product?
Col. Hogan [played by Bob Crane], and Englishman Newkirk [played by Richard Dawson; who later played host of Family Feud game show], Frenchman LeBeau [played by actual concentration camp ex-POW Robert Cleary], and explosive expert Carter [Larry Hovis],communications man Kinch [Ivan Dixon]; used Stalag 13 as of more an espionage headquarters than as being prisoners in a prisoner of war concentration camp.
Col. Klink the camp's commandant is an ineffective, kisser-upper whose main goal in life is to avoid the Russian front. He is played masterfully by Werner Klemperer; who truly can play the violin and now conducts orchestras in Europe. Col. Klink's overweight apathetic head guard Sgt. Schultz [John Banner] is aware of the true goings on at the camp but Schultz is the originator of the 'Cover-your-butt' mentality; he bribes easily for strudel; chocolate bars or whatever. And his famous line is "I know nothing, I see nothing, I hear nothing!"
Great fun show that highly recommend; but don't sit and try to analyze it.