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Metcalfe (Burt) collection of M*A*S*H scripts
PASC.0017  
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Description
Collection consists of script materials related to the television series M*A*S*H. Includes outlines, story lines and various draft versions of scripts.
Background
M*A*S*H, based on Robert Altman's 1970 film (which in turn was based on Richard Hooker's novel), premiered Sept. 17, 1972; it was set at the 4077th M*A*S*H (Mobile Army Surgical Hospital) Unit located a few miles from the front line in wartime Korea; it did not receive high ratings in the first season's Sunday time slot but was moved to Saturday night in the second season (1973-74) where it zoomed to fourth place and remained a top ten show for all but one of the next nine seasons; in it's eleven seasons and 251 episodes, the series depicted the horror and futility of war; Larry Gelbart and Gene Reynolds produced the show during its first few seasons (1972-76), Burt Metcalfe produced the show during the latter seasons; regular cast members included Alan Alda, Wayne Rogers, McLean Stevenson, Loretta Swit, Larry Linville, Gary Burghoff, William Christopher, Jamie Farr, Harry Morgan, David Ogden Stiers, and Mike Farrell; the series ended in 1983 while it was still popular.
Extent
32.0 Linear Feet (77 boxes)
Restrictions
Property rights to the physical objects belong to UCLA Library Special Collections. All other rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish where The UC Regents do not hold the copyright.
Availability
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