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Tribute to Harry Morgan, Col Potter M*A*S*H* | Goodbye, Farewell and Amen

Like so many people, I grew up watching M*A*S*H* and loved each and every character and episode.  Harry Morgan, born April 10, 1915 died on December 7, 2011, was best known for his role at Colonel Sherman T. Potter in M*A*S*H* (1975–1983).  His other roles were as Pete Porter in both December Bride (1954–1959) and Pete and Gladys (1960–1962), Detective Bill Gannon on Dragnet (1967–1970), Amos Coogan on Hec Ramsey (1972–1974), and AfterMASH (1983-1984). Additionally, Morgan appeared in more than 100 films.

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There are many inconsistencies throughout the entire show – but these are what makes the show more interesting!  M*A*S*H* addicts LOVE this stuff!  It’s almost like solving a puzzle to find the goof’s.  One I have not been able to solve myself is that there are supposedly three episodes in which you are able to catch a glimpse of Radar’s deformed hand.  I have not been able to determine which episodes these are.  Additionally, I think there needs to be a M*A*S*H* Network created where all they do is show every single episode, starting from the first movie all the way to “Goodbye, Farewell and Amen” continually – and in order.

First some mish-M*A*S*H* trivia about Colonel Potter, to be followed by videos of scenes featuring Potter:

 

*  M*A*S*H* ran for 11 seasons for a total of 251 episodes.  Colonel Potter made his appearance in the second episode of Season 4 – much to Frank and Margaret’s disappointment squashing their dreams of running the camp.

S4E7 Dear Mildred:  Goof: In this episode Radar gives Col. Potter a horse. In this episode the horse is referred to in the masculine gender. Later the horse was given the name of Sophie and said to be a female.

S4E14 Mail Call, Again:  Potter learns his grandchild is a girl instead of the grandson he had hoped for. In “Mail Call Three” however, he gets his wish. He shows Radar photos of his “grandson Cory.”

S4E24 The Interview:  During his interview, Col. Potter (Harry Morgan) mentions former silent film star Francis X. Bushman. In real life, Morgan is married to Barbara Bushman, his granddaughter.

S5E9 The Korean Surgeon:  While in Potter’s office, we see several of his paintings on the wall, including one of Hawkeye. However, it will not be until the following episode, Hawkeye Get Your Gun, that Potter paints Hawkeye’s portrait.

S5E16 Ping Pong:  In this episode Col Potter lives in Nebraska, but usually he lives in Missouri.

S6E9 Images:  Col. Potter says he has been married for 38 years in this episode. But in Dear Mildred, he told Radar he had been married for 27 years.

S6E15 The Smell of Music:  After Colonel Potter talks Saunders out of commiting suicide with the gas mask in the OR, he never turns off the gas before they leave the OR.

S7E9 Baby, it’s Cold Outside:  Colonel Potter says that Sonia Henie does a triple axel in her film but Sonia never did a triple axel. She could do a single axel, but the first woman to do a double axel was Carol Heiss in 1953, which would be after the movie in this episode was filmed.

S7E10 Point of View:  In this episode, Colonel Potter says he has been married for 35 years – but in “Dear Mildred” it is 27 years and in “Images” it is 38 years.

S8E6 Period of Adjustment:  Colonel Potter asks Father Mulcahy “You wouldn’t lie to a Presbyterian, would you?” – but in Colonel Potter’s first appearance, Change of Command (Season 4) he says he is a Methodist.

S8E22 Dreams:  Col. Potter appears in five different dreams in this episode, more than any other character. In addition to his own, he also appears in BJ’s, Klinger’s, Mulcahey’s, and Winchester’s dreams as well. His appearance in Winchester’s dream is cut from the syndicated version of this episode.

* S10E15 Pressure Points:  In the episode, when Dr. Freedman asks, “How old are you?” Colonel Potter responds, “62.” He also often states in other episodes that he snuck into WWI underaged. He would have to have been born in 1903 at the latest to be underaged in 1917. If he were 62, he would have to have been born in 1891.

* S10E20 Picture This:  In the scene where Col. Potter is painting Charles and Margaret, Charles calls him “Col. Potty”.  The painting created in this episode would appear in spinoff series ‘AfterMASH’.

* S11E16 Goodbye, Farewell and Amen:  Towards the end, Col. Potter reminisces about the time Hawkeye and B.J. dropped Winchester’s drawers in the OR. This actually happened in “Bottoms Up” from season 9.

* S11E16 Goodbye, Farewell and Amen:  When saying goodbye to Col. Potter Hawkeye and BJ gives him a parting gift from the heart: a salute. (Video below)

*  Colonel Potter fought in the Spanish American War, World War I, World War II, and the Korean War. At age 15 he joined the cavalry, lying about his age to enlist. When World War I started he was married, his mother-in-law moved in with them, and the war started the next day.

*  One of Col. Potter’s guilty pleasures was watching Doris Day perform, onstage or onscreen. He’d seen all her movies, but never took his wife Mildred to one.

*  After Harry Morgan and Mike Farrell both joined the cast for the fourth season, they both appeared in each and every episode, with the exception of 1 (“Hawkeye”).

*  Jeopardy! Apr. 9, 2007:  $800: “Harry Morgan earned eight Emmy nominations as this Colonel, scoring a win in 1980.” One of the contestants correctly answered “Who is Colonel Potter?”

This first video is his first appearance on M*A*S*H*, first episode third season, starring as General Steele (“three E’s, not all in a row”).  It was this episode that got him noticed and later returning at Colonel Potter when Colonal Blake left the show.

Harry Morgan as General Steele


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M*A*S*H – Colonel Potter & Colonel Flagg


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M.A.S.H – Colonel Potters Rant S10E16


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MASH – There’s a long long trail S4E2


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In Honor of Harry Morgan Colonel Potter in MASH
This is the episode when Colonel Potter arrives for duty at the M*A*S*H* 4077 and meets Klinger


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And lastly, the final episode which brought tears to every M*A*S*H*-lovers eyes as the show came to an end.

We will all miss you, Harry Morgan, but through the magic of M*A*S*H*, you will forever live on.  Goodbye… farewell… and amen.

Colonel Sherman T. Potter – Goodbye, Farewell & Amen – Tribute


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Trivia References:
TV.com | M*A*S*H*
IMDb

3 Comments »

  1. Wow, you really were a fan! Loved all this and all the folks on M*A*S*H. Wonderful show, wonderful cast, and I can’t imagine anyone but Morgan presiding over that camp. With all of his characters, I always had the feeling he was someone I’d really like in person.

  2. Excellent homage! I love M*A*S*H. I haven’t been able to see a show in years and one of these days, I’ll get the box set of DVD’s. In the mean time, your clips were a wonderful gift. Thanks!

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