[Ads-l] M*A*S*H (was Re: More on "moist")

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Sat Sep 24 14:53:12 EDT 2016


I remember wondering at the time whether there was any inspiration from _The Education of H*Y*M*A*N K*A*P*L*A*N_  

Wiki coverage at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hyman_Kaplan

LH

> On Sep 24, 2016, at 2:30 PM, Peter Reitan <pjreitan at HOTMAIL.COM> wrote:
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> The book dust jacket used asterisks.
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> Dan Goncharoff  wrote:
>> I didn't think the asterisks were added until the 1972 TV show.
> 
> This movie poster displays asterisks in the Newsweek blurb. But
> primary movie title in the poster seems to use non-standard symbols
> between letters. Also, the IMDB title is simply MASH.
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> The cover of the book by Richard Hooker shown in Wikipedia (at this
> moment) does not use asterisks.
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> Garson
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>> On Sep 24, 2016 1:00 PM, "Jonathan Lighter" <wuxxmupp2000 at gmail.com> wrote:
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>>> The movie is titled _MASH_ on screen.
>>> 
>>> Meanwhile, Xfinity on demand describes in a printed caption the
>>> Bogart-Allyson film _Battle Circus_ (1953) as set in "a M*A*S*H unit during
>>> the Korean War."
>>> 
>>> Don't know if the initialism itself is used in the movie, irrespective of
>>> asterisks.
>>> 
>>> JL
>>> 
>>> On Mon, Aug 10, 2009 at 12:12 AM, Douglas G. Wilson <douglas at nb.net>
>>> wrote:
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>>>> Jonathan Lighter wrote:
>>>>> The Army acronym never involved asterisks. Nor did the title of the
>>> 1968
>>>>> novel by "Richard Hooker" on which the movie was based.
>>>>> 
>>>>> Asterisks may have been added in the 1970 paperback reprints - can't
>>>> recall
>>>>> for sure.  The 1997 printing, the cover of which is visible at Google
>>>> Books,
>>>>> lacks them.
>>>>> 
>>>>> If memory serves, the newspaper ads and theatrical posters, all (?) of
>>>> which
>>>>> included the
>>>>> asterisks, bore the explanatory footnote,   " *Mobile Army Surgical
>>>>> Hospital."  That's what the asterisks were there for.
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>>>> Those asterisks were added by Hyman Kaplan, I think. (^_^)
>>>> 
>>>> -- Doug Wilson
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