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5 O'Clock Charlie 

Every day for the past six weeks, at 5:00 o'clock p.m. on the nose, a North Korean "washout from Kamikaze school" has let loose a bomb in the general direction of the hospital's sub-ammo ... See full summary »


Norman Tokar


Larry Gelbart (teleplay by), Laurence Marks (teleplay by) | 3 more credits »




Episode complete credited cast:
Alan Alda ... Capt. Benjamin Franklin 'Hawkeye' Pierce
Wayne Rogers ... Capt. 'Trapper John' McIntyre
McLean Stevenson ... Lt. Col. Henry Blake
Loretta Swit ... Maj. Margaret 'Hot Lips' Houlihan
Larry Linville ... Maj. Frank Burns
Gary Burghoff ... Cpl. Walter 'Radar' O'Reilly
Herb Voland ... Gen. Crandell Clayton
Corey Fischer ... Captain Phil Cardozo
William Christopher ... Father Francis Mulcahy
Odessa Cleveland ... Lt. Ginger Bayliss, RN
Lloyd Kino ... Soldier
Sarah Fankboner Sarah Fankboner ... Nurse Klein
Gail Bowman Gail Bowman ... Nurse Powell
Deb Newman Deb Newman ... Nurse Richards


Every day for the past six weeks, at 5:00 o'clock p.m. on the nose, a North Korean "washout from Kamikaze school" has let loose a bomb in the general direction of the hospital's sub-ammo dump. Very affectionately known as "Five O'Clock Charlie," the only thing he hits on the nose is the time. Every day, Radar opens book on the day's exploits and takes bets on how close (in yards) Charlie will come to the sub-ammo dump. It is an occasion for cocktails and frivolity at 4077, not unlike the Kentucky Derby... until Frank demands Henry get him a "nug" from Brigadier Gen. Clayton. Capt. Phil Cardozo, the singing dentist, gives the drunken duo a new slant on things. If there is anything that will beat Frank and his nug, it is 4 dozen sheets, 18 gallons of mercurochrome and a little thing called psychology. Written by LA-Lawyer

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Plot Keywords:

betting pool | air raid | See All (2) »


Comedy | Drama | War


TV-PG | See all certifications »






Release Date:

22 September 1973 (USA) See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Photophone Sound Recording)



Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


At one point Frank says: "Nobody bet on the Battle of Britain! 'He who controls the skies, controls the war.' Hermann Göring said that.", to which Henry replies, "He also wore tutus and ate whole bakeries, Frank". Hermann Göring (1893-1946) was one of the most powerful people in the Nazi Party, second to Adolf Hitler, leading up to and during World War II. While Göring was obese and loved food, there is no record of him ever wearing a tutu, although he did prefer lavish and garish clothing, which the people of Germany mocked him for. See more »


Charlie's bomb blows up General Clayton's jeep. You can clearly see that the jeep is already mangled and charred before the jeep goes up in flames. See more »


PA System: And now, here is is, for the sixth hit week! Five O'clock Charlie, his airplane, and his astigmatism!
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References The Pride of the Yankees (1942) See more »


Chattanooga Choo Choo
Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Mack Gordon
Sung in Japanese during the opening scene
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Frank and the Artillery
24 February 2015 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

For some reason there is a huge ammunition dump adjacent to the camp. This brings a daily assault from a North Korean pilot in a small plane who drops a bomb each day at five o'clock (hence, Five O'Clock Charlie). The folks in camp bet on how far from the target the bomb will explode. Everyone is having fun but Frank, who considers himself a military man (sort of like Barney Fife and his bullet) decides the camp needs an anti-aircraft gun. When General Clayton's jeep is blown up he grants Frank's request. The doctors are outraged because a gun will draw fire from more serious North Koreans. The new dentist in camp tells Hawkeye and Trapper that what they need to do is get rid of the ammo dump and you get rid of the need for a gun. Despite the absurdity and cavalier attitude of everyone, it's a good episode.

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