Are these quotes from Harry Morgan in Dragnet or M*A*S*H?

Which of his famous characters said it?

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How many actors are lucky enough to play one iconic character in their careers? That's rarified air. The list becomes even shorter when you extend the number of career-defining characters to two. Playing two recognizable, yet totally distinct, roles throughout an actor's life is hard to do. Actors have to leap over so many hurdles, evading typecasting and refusing to be pigeonholed as one specific character.

One such actor who has two quintessential TV roles is Harry Morgan. When Dragnet was rebooted for a new audience in 1967, series stalwart Joe Friday was joined by the partner who would grow to help most define the show, Officer Bill Gannon, played by Morgan. So palpable was their chemistry that most folks forget Friday even had other partners before Harry Morgan joined the cast.

In the following decade, Morgan would appear on M*A*S*H, first in a one-off arc as Major General Bartford Steele, before joining the cast full-time as Colonel Sherman T. Potter.

Either character would have been enough to cement Morgan as television royalty. But can you tell them apart just by reading quotes taken out of context?

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  1. "No matter what time a woman says she'll be somewhere, automatically add twenty minutes."
  2. "We've done quite a bit of fighting all around the world. Whether you think it was moral or not, a lot of people are free to make their own mistakes today because of it."
  3. "This an A-1, four-alarm, red, white and blue alert!"
  4. "You expect us to believe you've got a closet full of dynamite, and you don't know how it got in there?"
  5. "The only guy I have to get better than is who I am right now. And in your case, that's tough enough."
  6. "It's all in the timing, son. There's a time to step in and a time to back off."
  7. "If you ain't where you are, you're no place."
  8. "Kids today are missing out on the best thing; growing up as kids, not teenaged adults."
  9. "Please excuse these two, they're themselves today."
  10. "Corned beef, imported Swiss, lettuce, Russian dressing, cole slaw, kosher pickle, slice of tomato, mayonnaise, peanut butter, horseradish, and a little hot mustard."

Are these quotes from Harry Morgan in Dragnet or M*A*S*H?

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71 Comments

Mark 5 months ago
10 out of 10. Helped that I knew some of those Dragnet quotes...the one about 'quite a bit of fighting' is from the one where the group of kids stole a bunch of items to start their own country (he chimed in on Joe's 'Jesus speech' a couple of times on that one) and the one about the closet full of dynamite is from the very second episode with the neo-Nazi.
TheFanFromUNCLE 5 months ago
Aced it. I've seen both shows entirely. Whew! Gannon's sandwich would give Dagwood indigestion!
QazWiz 5 months ago
Damn-it, i knew it was Gannon enumerating his sandwich .... GGGGGhhhhhhhhhhh
BenjaminMosesCookeIII 5 months ago
I got 7/10 right. Loved both of those shows.
JERRY6 9 months ago
7 i knew all the bill gannon quotes sherm not so much
Wanda 9 months ago
Hello M*A*S*H fans iint the S4E4 there was a big blooper that no one ever talked about....the guy in charge of fixing the paperwork for Hawkeye said that he was known as an unperson. How ever he says that quote came from 1984. The Korean war ended well before 1984
kuhndoggy Wanda 9 months ago
1984 by George Orwell was published in 1949.
TheFanFromUNCLE 9 months ago
I've seen every episode of both shows. 10/10.
Peter_Falk_Fan 9 months ago
9/10 I missed #2. I agree with Joe Friday about that sandwich (#10). "Sounds like a seven course meal."
Cougar90 9 months ago
9 out of 10. I knew which ones were Col. Potter.
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