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The Fifth Man


In order to discover moles and communist spies in the aviation industry, a British journalist works as a secret agent to unmask the traitors.



Air Dates

  • First Run - June 18, 1982
  • Repeat - September 17, 1982





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3 Responses to Episode 1340

Impressive cast! For any journalism-connection trivia fans of For one, Marian Seldes was the daughter and niece of two well-known journalists, Gilbert and George, and was a narrator in the c.1997 documentary about her uncle George, "Tell the Truth and Run." She also starred opposite Eddie Albert as Anna Zenger in an early 1950s television production of The Trial of John Peter Zenger, an important case in establishing American free press traditions

Bob Stepno

"The Fifth Man" was a solid episode. It was broadcast in 1982--when listening to it, I felt the episode to be so dated speaking of the Soviet Union and M-5. However, in its day, it was fairly ambitious and current. Just compare the theme of this episode to those of the seventies. Well done--4 stars.


A good play except for the atrocious "English" accents. I would have thought top-drawer voice actors would have a little more facility with foreign accents than these ones demonstrate.

Bill King

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