Before M*A*S*H was a hit TV show it was a movie. In 1970, M*A*S*H came out to theaters to highlight the lives of those serving in the Korean War. On July 27, 1953 the Korean War ended with an Armistice being signed by both sides. Although, it has been over sixty years since this document was signed, the Korean War is not forgotten and seems to live on.
Taking place in South Korea in 1951 we are introduced to Hawkeye Pierce and Duke Forrest, two womanizing Captains part of the Mobile Army Surgical Hospital as combat surgeons, who have stolen a Jeep. Upon their return we learn that they are under the command of a bumbling commander, a hyper confident clerk, morose dentist, an incompetent surgeon, and a contemplative chaplain. It seems as thought the mischievous duo can get away with anything while working with these guys. However, don’t forget that they are in the middle of a war zone during the entire film. Knowing that danger is around every corner, Hawkeye and Duke end up being separated when their camp is divided. Yet, when the camp is divided they end up playing pranks upon each other. Even through this, Hawkeye and Duke remain friends. Yet, Hawkeye finds himself being sent to Japan alongside a fellow surgeon to operate on a congressman’s son. Hawkeye and Trapper, the fellow surgeon, are able to complete the surgery and return back to camp. Hawkeye and Duke are reunited and discharged. The movie closes with the two leaving in the same Jeep they stole at the beginning of the film.
M*A*S*H is one of those movies that become successful for its smart use of comedy while taking place in a war zone. On July 27, 1953 the Korean War ended with an Armistice. Although, today we still hear about the split between the Korea’s in day to day news, the war that ended sixty-three years ago seems to live on.