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Dark Night of the Scarecrow -- When young Marylee Williams (Tonya Crowe) is found viciously mauled, all hell breaks loose in her small rural town. A gang of bigots pursue a suspect: her mentally challenged friend Bubba Ritter (Larry Drake).


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Release Date:
24 October 1981 (USA) See more »
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In a small town, a wrongfully killed man exacts revenge on those who murdered him beyond the grave. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Charles Durning ... Otis P. Hazelrigg

Robert F. Lyons ... Skeeter Norris
Claude Earl Jones ... Philby

Lane Smith ... Harless Hocker
Tonya Crowe ... Marylee Williams

Larry Drake ... Bubba Ritter

Jocelyn Brando ... Mrs. Ritter
Tom Taylor ... D.A. Sam Willock
Richard McKenzie ... Judge Henry
Ivy Jones ... Mrs. Willams
James Tartan ... Mr. Williams (as Jim Tartan)
Ed Call ... Defense Attorney

Alice Nunn ... Mrs. Bunch
John Steadman ... Mr. Loomis
Dave Adams ... Deputy (as David Adams)
Ivy Bethune ... Mrs. Hocker
Dennis Robertson ... Ray
Jetta Scelza ... Mrs. Whimberly
Modi Frank ... Waitress
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

J.D. Feigelson ... Ludie - CB radio (uncredited)
Robert J. Koster ... The Scarecrow (uncredited)

Directed by
Frank De Felitta 
Writing credits
J.D. Feigelson (teleplay)

J.D. Feigelson (story) and
Butler Handcock (story)

Produced by
Bobbi Frank .... producer
Janet Greek .... associate producer
Joe Wizan .... executive producer
Original Music by
Glenn Paxton 
Cinematography by
Vincent A. Martinelli  (as Vincent Martinelli)
Film Editing by
Skip Lusk 
Casting by
Toni Howard 
Lynn Stalmaster 
Art Direction by
Charles Zacha Jr.  (as Charles M. Zacha Jr.)
Set Decoration by
Dennis W. Peeples  (as Dennis Peeples)
Makeup Department
Stephen Robinette .... hair stylist (as Steve Robinette)
Jeremy Swan .... makeup artist
Production Management
Robert Dixon .... post-production supervisor
Robert J. Koster .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Thomas A. Bliss .... dga trainee (as Tom Bliss)
Daisy Gerber .... first assistant director
Bart Roe .... second assistant director
J.D. Feigelson .... second unit director (uncredited)
Art Department
V.R. Bud Shelton .... property master
Sound Department
Bonnie Koehler .... sound editor
James Pilcher .... sound mixer (as Jim Pilcher)
Clint Althouse .... boom operator (uncredited)
James Bailey .... foley artist (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Cliff Wenger .... special effects
John Meier .... stunt coordinator (as John C. Meier)
Camera and Electrical Department
Ron McManus .... camera operator
Frank Palmer .... key grip
Robert A. Petzoldt III .... gaffer (as Bob Petzoldt III)
Paul Jacobsen .... set lighting technician (uncredited)
Reggie Newkirk .... key first assistant camera (uncredited)
Casting Department
Barbara Fisk .... extras casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Judith Brewer Curtis .... assistant costumer
Leslie Karten .... costumer
Editorial Department
James L. Honore .... post-production (as Jimmy Honoré)
Jeff Zacha .... assistant editor
Music Department
Jeff Johns .... executive soundtrack producer
Douglas M. Lackey .... music editor (as Doug Lackey)
Transportation Department
Tom Blomquist .... transportation captain
Chuck Hanson .... transportation coordinator
Thomas M. Krigbaum .... transportation captain (uncredited)
Other crew
Sherrie Bayer .... production assistant
May Wale Brown .... script supervisor
Selma Brown .... production accountant
Modi Frank .... production assistant
Pat Keating .... assistant to producer
Shari Leibowitz .... production coordinator
Kool Marder .... location manager (as Kool Lusby)
Jeff Rafner .... production assistant

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96 min
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Charles Durning did most of his own stunts of the climatic chase scene when he's running away from the tractor. A double can be seen for a few shots with darker hair.See more »
Revealing mistakes: When the postman is stabbed to death at the end, he grabs his gut and looks down at himself. There are no holes in his shirt.See more »
Mrs. Hocker:If you're not plantin'... why would you put up a scarecrow?See more »


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8 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Great Film, 20 April 2005
Author: cowboyfan1980 from United States

Everybody seems to generally love this film and I am no exception. I have not viewed it since it aired in 1981 but, like everyone else who is leaving comments here, it creeped me out. It is a pretty heavy-handed movie for being made for television. The themes are intense, as is the violence, although I don't remember much gore. What does stick in my mind is the slow crawl camera shot when Bubba is hiding in the Scarecrow, up to the eye hole in the scarecrow. We see a single, trembling eye before Charles Durning and co take justice into their own hands. Very creepy! The other thing that I remember is Larry Drake's brief performance. He was so convincing as a semi-retarded man that it wasn't until I saw him in Darkman years later, that I discovered that he wasn't retarded. I had only seen him in this movie and on LA Law where he played mentally challenged characters. Great film. Hopefully, it will be released on DVD one of these days.

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