Climax!: Season 2, Episode 20

The Fifth Wheel (9 Feb. 1956)

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Episode cast overview:
Reverend Mr. Muldoon
Arthur Treacher ...
Bishop Thornley
Buddy Baer ...
John Lupton ...
Reverend Mr. McCarkle
Donald MacBride ...
Lt. Ferguson
Bob Jellison ...
Friendly Frank
Thomas Browne Henry ...
Harrington (as Thomas B. Henry)
William Lundigan ...
Himself - Host (as Bill Lundigan)


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Enjoyable though it's no comedy classic
28 September 2014 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This episode of "Climax!" is unusual because it is a comedy. It also sports a rather impressive case which includes: Hume Cronyn, Peter Lorre, Bonita Granville, Arthur Treacher, Buddy Baer and James Gleason. And, like many shows of the day, this was presented live!

The show is about an Episcopal minister (Cronyn). He is looking forward to the marriage of his housekeeper as well as buying himself a car. Unfortunately, the car he ends up getting was briefly stolen and was used as a getaway car--and the spare tire is stuffed with $35,000 in cash! The two crooks (Lorre and Baer) are determined to get the money but through a long series of mix-ups, they sure have a hard time retrieving it--as does the owner of the car who is arrested because the cops think the priest is a crook. It's all mildly amusing but offers few big laughs.

While this is not a great show, it is worth a look and is free to download from

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