Swamp. The - Nickname of the Army surgeon's living
quarters on the Korean War medical comedy M*A*S*H/CBS/1972-83.
Revell model of "The Swamp" from the
drafty army tents, the doctors and nurses of the 4077th Mobile Army Surgical
Hospital reluctantly made the best of their military assignment near the front
lines. Besides their cots, footlockers, a small wood burning stove in the middle
of their meager living space, their tent included such personal items as a
tabletop moonshine still, martini glasses, and nudist magazines.
The Swamp's senior residence was Captain Benjamin Franklin "Hawkeye" Pierce
(Alan Alda) who shared a tent with Captain John "Trapper John" McIntire
(Wayne Rogers) and a weasel of a surgeon Major Frank Burns (Larry Linville).
When Trapper transferred stateside, Captain B.J. Hunnicutt (Mike Farrell) became
the tent's newest occupant. And when Frank Burns went AWOL, he was replaced by
the stuffy Boston bred physician Major Charles Emerson Winchester III (David
Ogden Stiers) who often played classical recordings on his hand-crank record
At the conclusion of the series, the stage sets for both The Swamp and their Operating
Theater were donated to the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C.
exteriors for the series were shot in Malibu Creek State Park (formerly the
Century Ranch, part of the Twentieth Century-Fox) located at 1925 Las Virgenes
Road off the Ventura Freeway. The canyon sites used for filming M*A*S*H are
about three miles from the main gate.
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