Hogan's Heroes Trivia
Created by:  Bernard Fein & Albert S. Ruddy
Produced by:  Edward H. Feldman
Edited by:  Richard M. Powell
Theme Music:  Jerry Fielding
Aired: Sept 17, 1965 - April 4, 1971
Total of 168 episodes
Lieutenant: "What sort of operation is this?"
Hogan:  "Travlers' Aid Society."
The original outline for the show was about convicts in a regular prison, but the creators decided that viewers would be more sympathetic to POWs than convicts.
Robert Hogan was named after a friend of co-creator Bernard Fein. The original Robert Hogan, who was an actor, made guest appearances in episodes #15 and #143.
Bernard Fein first suggested Walter Matthau for the role of Hogan (Walter Matthau?), but the producers considered Matthau a dramatic actor, and were afraid he wouldn't be able to handle comedy.
When Werner Klemperer was told that disc jocky Bob Crane was going to play the lead role, he predicted that the show would be a disaster. (Klemperer was a little confused anyway. No one had bothered to tell him that the show was going to be a comedy.)
Hogan:  "I would never try to match wits with you, sir. The contest would be too unequal."
When Bob Crane was told that Werner Klemperer was going to play Klink, he replied, "He is a Nazi!"
Richard Dawson was first asked to audition for the role of Hogan (after producer Ed Feldman had seen him in the movie "King Rat"), but couldn't sound American enough for the part. That, combined with a difference in personalities and work habits, caused some tension between Crane and Dawson.
Ivan Dixon filmed the pilot for "Hogan's Raiders" (as it was being called at the time) because he needed money but felt sure that it had no chance of selling as a series.
The writers of the drama "Stalag 17" sued CBS and the Hogan's Heroes creators for plagiarism, but were unsuccessful.  The show was actually more closely related to "Campo 44" an NBC pilot about an Italian prison camp.
Bernie Fein had intended to stay on as an associate producer but left after the first year because of differences with executive producer Ed Feldman.
Hogan:  "I look at it this way.
               You can't win them all."

"Of course not!"
But you can TRY!"
Although Hogan's Heroes was an instant hit, it was plagued by frequent schedule changes throughout its six-year run, a fact which may have contibuted to its eventual cancellation. During its last year, it was placed opposite "Disney", an undesirable spot since many of Hogan's viewers were children and teenagers.
Klink, Schultz, Burkhalter, and Hochstetter were all played by Jewish actors.
Most of the outdoor scenes were filmed in Culver City, CA, making the woods outside Stalag 13 an odd combination of snow and cypress trees.
Hogan's jacket was recycled from the movie "Von Ryan's Express", where it had been worn by Frank Sinatra.
Klink:  "There's no such thing as     civilized warfare."
Guest actors and actresses sometimes supplied their own costumes. Therefore, although the soldiers on the show are dressed in period uniforms, the civilian characters (especially the women) often look circa 1970.
Every so often, one of the Heroes will announce that he can't speak German, even though he has successfully passed himself off as a native in dozens of other episodes!
In real life, it was John Banner, not Robert Clary, who was a gourmet cook.
Amazingly, the episode in which Schultz gets drunk and is brought back to camp in a wheelbarrow by Newkirk, was based on a real-life incident.
Although Hogan had a string of girlfriends, "Six Lessons from Madame LaGrange" is the only episode in which he is shown actually kissing two different women (Hilda and Lily Frankel), one after the other.  He even lies to Lily about the blond hair she finds on his jacket!
Hochstetter:  "Hogan?  Since when has he been running this prison camp?"
Although Hogan's Heroes and its cast were nominated for numerous Emmys, Werner Klemperer was the only winner, receiving two awards for Best Supporting Actor.
Schultz:  "Let's see, it was three years ago, I think in November..."
In  episode #5, "The Flight of the Valkyrie", actress Louise Troy played a German Baroness who was one of Hogan's many love interests, but apparently it was Klink she really liked!  Louise Troy and Werner Klemperer (who met while filming this episode) were married in 1969, but later divorced.
Guest stars from the show have reported that there was an especially friendly and relaxed atmosphere on the set.  Richard Dawson and Larry Hovis, in particular (they were friends) liked to keep their co-workers entertained with jokes and stories.
Bob Crane kept a set of drums in his dressing room and played between almost all scenes.
Richard Dawson had an on-going card game in his dressing room and won a good deal of money from the rest of the cast.
Ed Feldman once said that Robert Clary and Richard Dawson were the two most reliable actors he had ever worked with, that neither one of them was late even once and they always knew their lines.
Off screen, Bob Crane had affairs with both Cynthia Lynn (Helga) and Sigrid Valdis (Hilda).  On Oct. 16, 1970, shortly after a divorce from his first wife, Anne Terzian, Crane married Sigrid Valdis (real name: Patricia Olson).  The wedding took place on the Hogan's Heroes set.  However, at the time of Crane's death, he and "Patti" were also in the process of a divorce.
Hogan's Heroes is also a hit in Germany, where it has been shown since 1995 under the title "Ein Kafig Voller Helden" ("A Cage full of Heroes"). However, the dubbing on the German version of the show has so many re-writes that the plots and dialogue sometimes bear little resemblance to the original.