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Robert Mitchum and Jack Nicholson in “Maid in the Ozarks”

In looking for more information about the apparently awful play “Maid in the Ozarks,” I found a copy of a playbill on eBay, which contained photos of young Jack Nicholson, who played the role of Thad Calhoun. The production company was Jackie Productions, Inc., of which I know nothing.

“Maid in the Ozarks” apparently was staged in Los Angeles in 1941, and Robert Mitchum was in it for a while. It was a big hit around the country, and the Chicago production eventually moved to Broadway in 1946, where the public loved it and the critics hated it. The play traveled around the country with the Broadway lead Burman Bodel. At some point in the 1950s, Jack Nicholson took a crack at it. I’ve posted a couple of photos of Jack Nicholson from the playbill here.

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