Dec. 30, 1982
30 min.
BBC One TV Network

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Allo! Allo! (UK)

Meet René, the most wanted man in Occupied France: Women want his body. The Resistance wants his brain & the Nazis want his sausage! In a small café in occupied France the harassed proprietor, René, is fighting his own war. With the German Army in residence at the bar.

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Roger Michael Kelly, known by the stage name Sam Kelly, was an English actor best known for his roles ...

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Captain Hans Geering (Sam Kelly) (series 1 to 4, plus one appearance in series 7) - Original assistant to Colonel Von Strohm, he is lenient for a German officer (e.g. he is not shocked to find out that his uniform is being made by a Jewish tailor), he also frequently visits the café, where the waitresses provide him with much entertainment. He is mistaken as a British Airman in 'Camp Dance' and sent to England. He returns briefly in one episode of series 7, having accidentally become a trusted member of British intelligence, who is astonished to discover that his friends Rene and Edith were actually the mysterious 'Nighthawk', and is very happy in his new life. He was noted for his odd pronunciation of 'colonel'. It usually sounded like "Colon-Nell". Whenever the Germans have to give a salute to the Führer, Geering often heralded the Führer by saying "-tler!" instead of the full salute, when said incredibly fast, sounded like 'clop', it was humorous because if there was a whole group of Nazis, there were several 'Heil Hitlers' followed in the background by a 'clop'. In a 2007 BBC special about 'Allo 'Allo! Kelly said, "Hans was just too lazy to say the whole sentence" However, he does say the full "Heil Hitler" except with an exaggerated emphasis on the "-tler!" Rumours that actor Sam Kelly, who is Jewish, refused point blank to give the regular salute, are apparently false. Indeed, in the second series episode "Herr Flick's Revenge" and the third series episodes "Flight of Fancy", "Pretty Maids All in a Row" and "The Great Un-Escape", the Hans Geering character gave the full "Heil Hitler" salute. Kelly also went on to play Hitler himself in Stalag Luft in 1993.

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09x01 - Fighting With Windmills
Season 9, Episode 01
06x04 - Playing Dead Again
Season 6, Episode 04
03x03 - The Sausage In the Wardrobe
Season 3, Episode 03
07x01 - Von Flockenstuffen In Command
Season 7, Episode 01
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