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

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Sat Sep 24 15:14:33 EDT 2016


Movie poster.  Look closely:

http://pics.filmaffinity.com/M_A_S_H-864767812-large.jpg


JL

On Sat, Sep 24, 2016 at 2:53 PM, Laurence Horn <laurence.horn at yale.edu>
wrote:

> 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:
> >
> > 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.
> >
> > https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.
> imdb.com_title_tt0066026_mediaviewer_rm1210768384&d=CwIF_g&c=-
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> >
> > The cover of the book by Richard Hooker shown in Wikipedia (at this
> > moment) does not use asterisks.
> >
> > https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__en.
> wikipedia.org_wiki_MASH-3A-5FA-5FNovel-5FAbout-5FThree-
> 5FArmy-5FDoctors&d=CwIF_g&c=-dg2m7zWuuDZ0MUcV7Sdqw&r=
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> >
> > Garson
> >
> >
> >>
> >> On Sep 24, 2016 1:00 PM, "Jonathan Lighter" <wuxxmupp2000 at gmail.com>
> wrote:
> >>
> >>> 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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