The opening announcer pronounces the title as A Ticket for "The-DAY-us," which is an incorrect pronunciation of "Thaddeus." In the actual production, the actors use the correct "THAD-ee-us" or, among the Polish characters, the similar "THAD-ee-ush." See more »
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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