TV-MOVIES

The Best Time
Frank Burns Ever
Broke Character
On M*A*S*H

By C.M. CROCKFORD

Frank Burns, played by actor Larry Linville, was a bumbling regular character, having an affair with “Hot Lips" Houlihan (Loretta Swit) on the hit series “M*A*S*H.” The character was part of the show until the end of Season 5, when Linville, who hated playing the entitled surgeon, left the series.

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In one outtake, Linville is trying to deliver a smug lecture as Frank Burns until he clearly forgets his line halfway through. Recognizing that he can't finish, he mutters "tear gas or whatever the **** it is," and makes a loud, exasperated noise for the camera.

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A similar blooper features Linville not remembering his lines, as he calls himself a “putz.” The veteran actor's over the top irritation that he can't get these deliveries right is hilarious, and might show one of the few times he was enjoying himself during production.

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