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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Jahdoo
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Granny Carnation
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Gramps Medknowe
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Tom Carmody
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Juke Marmer
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Emma Jane
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Clem Carter
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Milt Marshall
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Eva Ann (as Marlene DeLamater)
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The Barker
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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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Quite Simply The Best
1 April 2011 | by See all my reviews

I first watched this spellbinder when it aired more than 45 years ago. Somehow I never caught up with it until recently, although it remained in my memory as a true classic all that time.

While I did remember the ending, and a few bits of dialogue, I was dazzled all these years later.

The production brings with it a tremendous number of assets: of course the Ray Bradbury story; casting that is letter-perfect, including veterans l like Oscar winner Jane Darwell and Slim Pickens; superb direction by Alfred Hitchcock Exec Producer Norman Lloyd (still going strong now age 96); and a message that covers so many angles. And Pat Buttram was pure magic.

Do we all delude ourselves to stay alive? Are our minds fragile, or egos weak, temptations abounding? Too much time on our hands. Or, let's get to it, what IS in the Jar?

Happy to know that many others also have a special feeling about this classic. Hope I did not overhype this, but boy this is simply the best of the many brilliant Hitchcock episodes.


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