Screen Directors Playhouse: Season 1, Episode 25

A Ticket for Thaddeus (9 May 1956)

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A Polish refugee and new citizen gets involved in a slight car accident, but he doesn't fully understand American life, and believes he will be sent to a concentration camp.

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Judge
Clem Bevans ...
Jessup
Russ Conway ...
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Bowen (as Alan Hale)
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Thaddeus Kubaczik
Narda Onyx ...
Kathi Kubaczik
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A Polish refugee and new citizen gets involved in a slight car accident, but he doesn't fully understand American life, and believes he will be sent to a concentration camp.

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Telling to Me Personally
6 December 2011 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

Frank Borzage directed this entry in Hal Roach's Screen Director's Playhouse, with Edmond O'Brien in the lead and with Alan Hale Jr. and the ex-silent comic Clem Bevans in supporting roles. O'Brien plays a Polish emigrant, a survivor of the concentration camps, who gets into a traffic accident and is terrified that he will be shipped to another concentration camp.

This may seem way over the top to people nowadays, but not to me. My grandfather's second wife's son wound up in a concentration camp. He survived and made his way to America, where he spent the rest of his life in a state of constant terror. Experience had taught him this and he had learned his lesson well. So, watching O'Brien in the role -- well, they looked nothing at all alike, but the terror was very real. Once I had recognized this, it was an unsettlingly good performance.


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