ABC Stage 67

Season 1 Episode 2

Dare I Weep, Dare I Mourn

Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Sep 21, 1966 on ABC
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Dare I Weep, Dare I Mourn
Otto Hoffman, a small time West German manufacturer, is a weakling-mercilessly henpecked by his two spinster cousins who live with him. As a young man, Otto's personality was crushed by his powerful father, Karl Hoffman. Otto hated his father, and will soon be rid of him. He has only to go into East Germany to bring the old man's body back to the West for burial. Also in East Germany is his mother's jewelry-which Otto's cousins would like him to smuggle across the border.moreless

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  • An unhappy middle-aged West German travels to the Eastern sector on learning of his hated father's death; but, once there, he finds the old man is still alive.

    James Mason gives his usual solid performance as the downtrodden businessman who has never escaped from the domineering influence of his father, even after leaving the old brute behind in the East after Germany's partition following World War II. Finding that father has faked his own death and now plans to escape the Communists inside a coffin bound for West Berlin, the son sees a chance for revenge, but instead inadvertently causes the death of a young woman he has fallen in love with, who seemed to offer him a last chance of happiness. Confined to an hour's running time, this Le Carre anecdote is an effective, if unpleasant, entertainment. Hugh Griffith, the imposing bully of a father, was three years younger than Mason, his screen "son".moreless

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