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 »
Screen Directors Playhouse: A Ticket for Thaddeus (1956)
**** (out of 4)
Frank Borzage directs this hard-hitting entry in the Hal Roach series. Polish immigrant Thaddeus Kubaczik (Edmond O'Brien) fears anyone in a uniform due to years of suffering in a concentration camp. One day he's involved in an accident and even though he didn't cause it he says he's guilty fearing that he's going to be sent to another camp. A TICKET FOR THADDEUS is a wonderful and rather remarkable little gem and I'm a little shocked that it's not better known and especially by those who are history buffs or those who try and see anything dealing with the Holocaust. I must admit that the film really took my breathe away because it's so well-made and sensitive that you can't help but really feel sorry for our lead character. I've seen O'Brien in quite a few movies but I honestly never knew he had this type of performance in him. Many people faced terror the rest of their lives after being released from these camps and just watching O'Brien here you'd feel that he really was in a camp. Just look at the terror in his face and eyes as he fears that he's going to be shipped off and away from his wife. I'm not sure what the actor did to get into the role but it's certainly one of the most memorable performances I've ever seen. The subject matter is a pretty dark one and I was surprised at how effective it was told. After all, this is just a 25-minute feature for TV but the subject matter is looked at in a respectful way and I think it's a pretty startling character study and an even better spotlight for the justice in this country when it was done right.
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