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Star-Crossed Romance of Josephine Cosnowski, The

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Shepherd, Jean

1 videocassette of 1 (ca. 60 min.) : sd., col. ; 3/4 in.
1 videocassette of 1 (ca. 60 min.) : sd., col. ; 3/4 in.
1 videocassette of 1 (Betacam SP) (ca. 60 min.) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in.
1 videocassette of 1 (D3) (ca. 60 min.) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in.

Broadcast as an episode of "American Playhouse."

Includes 3/4" screening copies of the work and Betacam SP and D3 preservation masters.

The work opens with Jean Shepherd, as an adult "Ralph," at the screening of a Polish movie, which brings back memories of Josephine Cosnowski. Jumping back in time to the 1950's the story unfolds. Six weeks before Thanksgiving, a Polish family moves in next door. Ralph, who has a romantic fascination with Polish girls, finds himself pining for the elusive Josephine Cosnowski. The two become close and she invites him to a party, the same night as a big school basketball game. Meanwhile, Ralph's father obsesses over the cars at "Friendly Fred's" used car lot, and his younger brother Randy has been assigned the role of the turkey for the Thanksgiving play. When Ralph picks Josephine up for the party he is confronted by her two "beefy" brothers. The party turns out to be in the basement of a church, and Ralph is slowly introduced to members of Josephine's family. Howie, a former basketball star who married young, is at the party, looking trapped. He advises Ralph to get out of there while he still can, insinuating that Josephine is about to snare him into an early marriage. On Howie's advice he makes a run for it, chased by the brothers, finally escaping to the basketball game. Meanwhile at the pageant, Randy makes a huge splash in his gorgeous turkey outfit. At the end of the piece the whole family settles down to a magnificent Thanksgiving dinner.

Costumes designed by "Oleska."

Brown, Leigh (Assistant Director)

Tappan, Olivia
Greenstein, Marilyn (Coordinating Producer)
Presson, Sue (Associate Producer)
Barzyk, Fred (Executive Producer)

New Television Workshop, WGBH
Creative Television Associates, Inc.

Bartlett, Dick
Munroe, Stephanie (Assistant Editor)

Shepherd, Jean (Ralph)
Kowanko, Pete (Young Ralph)
Coe, George (Old Man)
Bolton, Barbara (Mom)
Ine, Jay (Randy)
Colonna, Robert J. (John)
Lampley, William (Flick)
Yonis, Jeff (Schwartz)
Gerety, Peter (Archie)
McLarty, Ron (Gertz)
Lebow, Will (Friendly Fred)
Kamhi, Katherine (Josephine)
Sangiolo, Anita (Freida)
Solbes, Jean (Helen)
Edinberg, Ruth (Bernice)
Quinn, Jim (Howie)
Tolentino, Joan (Josephine's Mother)
Garo, Armen (Stosh)
Lahiff, James T. (Alex)
Lynch, William B. (Josephine's Father)
Toste, Frank (Father Casmir)
McDonough, Tim (Cousin Joseph)
Seguin, Richard (Uncle Bolus)
Fuzzhead (Daphne)

Thanksgiving Day


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