Saturday, July 03, 2010

The actual script for our first MASH

This turned out to be the most important script of our career. It was our first MASH ("Out of Sight/Out of Mind") and it really put us on the map. I'd say honestly that 90% of our writer's draft made it to this shooting script.

So here it is, in its original form. You can read it here.

Many thanks to friend of the blog, Matt Barnett for discovering and sharing this pdf file.

24 comments:

Rob said...

Oh, Ken. I love you and I love your blog. But it's heartbreaking to see you write "it IT'S original form" even if it is just a hyperlink and probably a typo.

PLEASE change it to ITS. If we writers can't promote the proper use of the possessive versus the conjunction, what hope does it have in the world at large?

ltt said...

Dear Rob,

Might you have a speck of dust on your screen?
I don't see an apostrophe.

Love, Lauren

KEN LEVINE said...

Actually Lauren, I changed it.

dodz said...

oh this awesome carrier, i really want to be an actor too.

KEN LEVINE said...

Had to delete a comment. Please don't use this blog to have readers link to your script or your video. Write your own blog.

Gary said...

Great story, I enjoyed it. I used to do the same thing in Vietnam -- that is, listen to AFR broadcasts live, in the middle of the night, then make bets the next day when the games were re-broadcast. I'd never take anyone's money tho, not when everyone was packing. Night Train? Can you hum a few bars, please? (I keep coming up with Bob Seger!)

Reduced Shakespeare Company said...

Ken,

Thanks so much for posting this, and for your ongoing blog. I've quoted Hawkeye for years and at least twice from this ep alone ("Ah, Claude Rains" and "Not since I was two") but I never realized I was quoting YOU.

Many thanks!

Susan D-L said...

Just two days ago we saw 'Out of Sight/Out of Mind' for the first time in years; we've been re-watching MASH seasons 1-5 on DVD the past few months. It's been fun revisiting the show which was a big part of my kidhood back in the 70s.

(Hubby and I are wondering if the actor who played the eye doctor is the same guy who played (uncredited) a background corpsman/MP/etc. throughout the first 5 seasons of the show, and maybe longer.)

David L said...

Great script. Should have made a perfect episode. Did it, Ken?
Was it as funny on the screen as on the page? Funnier?

MASH was "must see" TV for me back then, and this story seems familiar but I honestly don't remember it.

Really stupid question...was there a Yankees-Indians game that ended with that score? Was there a ninth inning home run (other than Bobby Thompson's) in a Dodgers-Giants game during the Korean War?

Monty Ashley said...

According to Retrosheet, the Yankees beat Cleveland 8-1 on July 22, 1952. But none of the Giants-Dodgers games match up to the call in the script. Retrosheet ruins everything!

KEN LEVINE said...

We totally made up the baseball scores.

Gary Ray said...

Thank you so much. This is a real treat.

MacGilroy said...

I remember this from when it aired. I've recalled many times the "rain falling on the ground sounds like grilling steak" line. But I seem to recall a different tag. I recall Hawkeye going back in to the nurses' tent pretending to have had a relapse and peeking through the bandages. Did I dream that?

Dave said...

Ken:

Why in season five do the scripts still refer to Houlihan as HOT LIPS when by that time everyone was calling her either Margaret or Maj. Houlihan.

Dave

LouOCNY said...

It is always fun to read a script of a show or movie you know by heart - and see what changes were made! I like the THEIR tag (Hawkeye feigning a relapse to get in the nurses tent) better than yours, sorry to say....

-bee said...

Thanks Ken, its SO cool to see the original script for that excellent episode. Great writing from you and your partner.

Michael said...

There's a baseball broadcast piped into OR in one episode, and I could swear the announcer--it was a Brooklyn Dodgers game--was Connie Desmond, who is often forgotten as the third guy working with Red Barber and, as Barber called his 22-year-old colleague, "Young Scully." I suspect it wasn't actually Connie, but, boy, it sounded like him.

tomservo56954 said...

MacGilroy--you are right...Hawkeye's supposed relapse was the original "epilogue" ending, long edited in reruns.

tomservo56954 said...

And remember Tom Straw was played by Tom Sullivan, actor/musician/writer...and blind since birth. His autobiography became a movie (IF YOU COULD SEE WHAT I HEAR).

rita said...

this will be my night cap this evening. thank you so much for sharing!

carol said...

Thank you so much for sharing this. It's really nifty for a very, very, very amateur actor such as myself to see an 'actual' television script! I loved that episode, too.

Did you ever see that movie that was based on Tom Sullivan's life way back in the early 80's? Just curious.

Graeme said...

I think about the only thing I can remember that's different from the version that was filmed is the tag is totally different-- the original draft is poignant; the tag in the final version is a better gag to end on.

But I remember around that time they switched from a tag that was a slow fade out to a gag based freeze frame tag-- could that been why it was changed?

Tom Dougherty said...

Thanks so much for sharing this with us. That is a tight, tight script. It's hard to believe it was your first MASH offering.

TD

Ben Hornung said...

Mr Levine -

I'm a high school student writing a paper on war in television, and was hoping I could use this script as a primary document to cite and such; however, the script is unfortunately no longer accessible from this link. If you could post a working version both I and my English teacher would very much appreciate it.

Thanks,
Ben