A carnival barker sells a jar containing a mysterious, hairy, octopus-like mass to Charlie Hill of Wilder's Hollow for $12.25. He shows it to his wife Thedy, who hates it. Soon everyone ... See full summary »

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Himself - Host
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Charlie Hill
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Thedy Sue Hill (as Collin Wilcox)
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Granny Carnation
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Emma Jane
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A carnival barker sells a jar containing a mysterious, hairy, octopus-like mass to Charlie Hill of Wilder's Hollow for $12.25. He shows it to his wife Thedy, who hates it. Soon everyone from miles around comes to look at the jar and wonder what is inside. Trudy and her paramour, Tom Carmody, conspire with Jahdoo, paying him $1 to steal the jar and shatter it at Heron Swamp. Charlie hurries to the swamp, but gets trapped in quicksand. Jahdoo speculates on the contents of the jar before rescuing Charlie and returning the jar. When Charlie gets home, Thedy tries to break the jar with a spoon. Charlie grabs the spoon and nearly attacks Thedy with it, so she runs away. When she comes back, she says that she visited the carnival, and the carny boss told her the jar is full of junk--wire, clay, paper, cotton, yarn, inner tube, doll's eyes, and silk. Thedy says she will tell everyone, but Charlie likes his new popularity. Written by Lewis O. Amack

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14 February 1964 (USA)  »

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The carnival side show sign reads: "The Magic Jar... What Is It?" See more »

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Version of Alfred Hitchcock Presents: The Jar (1986) See more »

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memorable episode.
31 January 2007 | by (brooksville, florida) – See all my reviews

Well done episode, certainly by early 60's standards, cast and direction of Norman Lloyd, create feel of summer in a small southern town. Perhaps the very best of the, "Alfred Hitchcock Hour," series, the ending has a lasting impact; even though I haven't seen it in years. James Best is memorable as the leading man here. Although he always found steady work in films and television since 1950, Best never quite reached the top tier of film stars; despite the fact that he was a remarkably handsome young man. Perhaps, like Dennis Weaver, his southern drawl held him back a bit. He continues to work today. I would have thought his presence in this episode would have elevated him to bigger parts. A must see for Hitchcock fans. Norman Lloyd worked with Hitch in, "Sabateur," and was known in the 1980's for appearing on, "St. Elsewhere."


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