13 fun behind-the-scenes photos from 'Hogan's Heroes'

Check out the cast of the beloved sitcom having fun on the set of Stalag 13.

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There was never a show like Hogan's Heroes, and there likely will never again be a show quite like Hogan's Heroes. It seems like a recipe for disaster on paper: a sitcom set in a Nazi prison camp. Yet despite its unlikely premise, the show was a brilliant piece of 1960s comedy.

Much of the sitcom's success was due to the stellar cast, who know how to strike the perfect tone, and perfectly time the punchlines. Peeking behind the scenes, it appears to have been a blast to film, as well. There was both horseplay and matrimony. Let's roll back the clock half a century and take a look at Bob Crane, Werner Klemperer, Richard Dawson and company working and playing on Hogan's Heroes.

Bob Crane, John Banner, Werner Klemperer and Cynthia Lynn strike a pose.

Image: The Everett Collection

Crane keeps it casual outside the barracks.

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Crane has a snack and shows off some of the merchandise with his official Hogan's Heroes lunch box and comic book.

Image: The Everett Collection

Crane and Dawson play a prank on Leon Askin.

Image: The Everett Collection

Actually, Askin seems to be subject of a few pranks.

Image: The Everett Collection

Nita Talbot and Arlene Martel share a hug with Crane on set.

Image: The Everett Collection

Dawson is perhaps showing off his secret handshake?

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Monkeying around on the drums.

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A professional drummer before he became an actor, Crane showed off his drum skills at his home in Tarzana, California, May 12, 1967.

Image: AP Photo

Crane poses with fellow cast member Sigrid Valdis after they were married on the studio set in Hollywood, October 16, 1970.

Image: AP Photo/Ed Widdis

Crane peeks through the evergreens in the garden of his home in Tarzana, California, May 12, 1967.

Image: AP Photo

Crane promotes the series — and his drumming skills — on The John Gary Show in 1966.

Image: The Everett Collection

Werner Klemperer relaxes with his children, Erika and Mark, at home.

Image: The Everett Collection

 
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JoeSHill 10 months ago
"HOGAN'S HEROES" was so popular, that the cast even appeared on ABC-TV's "THE HOLYWOOD PALACE" with Bing Crosby, and that was exceptionally rare for a CBS series, but Bing Crosby's Bing Crosby Productions had established themselves on 60's Primetime, especially with ABC's "BEN CASEY" TV series that they had produced from 1961 to 1966, and other TV shows like "BREAKING POINT" in Fall 1963 for ABC, and "SLATTERY'S PEOPLE" for CBS in 1965 with Richard Crenna-but "HOGAN'S HEROES" was the main jewel for Bing Crosby Productions, which was later sold to Cox Broadcasting-but BCP also did motion pictures like the "WALKING TALL" movies of the mid-1970s and was responsible for the horror movies, "WILLARD" (1971) and "BEN" (1972) that Cinerama Releasing also co-produced.
TammyMc 10 months ago
can't see anything but the picture titles
DouglasMorris 12 months ago
nice for the cast to have some fun!
MaileEdwards08 15 months ago
So fun to see the cast having fun on and off set!
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