the CBS war comedy drama series MIXTURE* it ran from 1972 to 1983 and wowed fans with its take on life during the Korean War. The show followed medics and staff stationed at the 4077 Mobile Army Surgical Hospital in South Koreaand not only Americans liked it. King Carlos III, formerly Prince Carlos, I expected to see the series and visit the set. But when the MIXTURE writer met King Charles, their interaction turned weird.
King Charles, formerly Prince Charles, visited the set of ‘M*A*S*H’ in October 1977
When King Charles visited the United States in 1977, he took time out of his schedule to look up the set of MIXTURE. According to mash4077.com, King Charles attended a luncheon at the 20th-Century Fox studio in Hollywood, California, where he met actors Cary Grant, Charlton Heston and Lauren Bacall. Royalty met others MIXTURE cast members that they were still in costume when they arrived, and watched an episode of the show being filmed.
King Charles was not the only famous person to visit the set of the show. the hollywood reporter notes that President Gerald Ford also arrived on the set with members of the Secret Service. While the cast and crew were typically jovial, the whole mood changed when Ford showed up.
“It was like a funeral. No one spoke,” actor GW Bailey said. “We rehearsed and filmed our scenes. Finally, the president leaves and Harry says in a voice as loud as his, ‘How come no one has yelled ‘shit’ in the last two hours?’”
Writer Ken Levine said people were “appalled” by the way King Charles was addressed.
MIXTURE Writer Ken Levine reflected on what it was like to meet the royal family member on the set of the show. “They told us what to say and how to address him,” Levine told The Hollywood Reporter of meeting King Charles. “I went up to him and said, ‘What advice would you give to young people thinking about going into your profession?’ People were horrified, but he laughed.”
It seems that King Charles had a good sense of humor while on the set of MIXTURE despite any awkward interactions that may have occurred. There’s a photo of the royals with the cast of the show. The cast laughs with him as he holds up an inflated surgical glove.
Writer Ken Levine Explained Why He Left ‘M*A*S*H’
Ken Levine was a staple in the development of MIXTURE, but ultimately left the series after its seventh year. She reflected on his decision to leave for his Blog.
“So by the end of year seven, we had done all the hot shows, cold shows, all the visiting generals, everyone had slept with everyone else, Klinger had worn all the dresses, we had done all the practical jokes, everyone had been trapped naked in the shower, all activities had been disrupted by helicopters, they raised money for all the good charities, performed all the difficult operations, endured all the hardships, and all had written four letters home,” he wrote.
Levine then noted that the characters “no longer wowed” the writers, making it difficult to write compelling stories. “The show ran for three and a half seasons after we left,” she added. “There is no way we could have done another 90 episodes without ending up post-op ourselves. Once we left, they got smart and expanded the staff and I thought the new regime did a great job.”
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