Alfred Hitchcock Presents: Season 2, Episode 14

John Brown's Body (30 Dec. 1956)

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An upstart furniture designer colludes with his boss's wife to drive her husband mad.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Himself - Host
Leora Dana ...
Vera Brown
Russell Collins ...
Harold Skinner
Edmon Ryan ...
Dr. Croatman
Walter Kingsford ...
Dr. Sam Helck
Jean Hayworth ...
Ellen (as Jean Owens)
Marcel Rousseau ...
Madelon Baker ...
Doctor's Receptionist


John Brown and Company makes furniture and has been a solid business for years. But young Harold Skinner wants to shake things up and make modern furniture. John Brown will have none of it. Soon Harold meets John Brown's wife, an attractive woman in her 30s, who married for money -- though she denies it. Unlike her husband, she's excited about Skinner's modern ideas and wants to help him. Especially after the two of them become lovers. Harold comes up with a "wonderful horrible idea" to get John Brown out of the way: convince him he's losing his mind. Written by J. Spurlin

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30 December 1956 (USA)  »

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Per the title, John Brown's Body is an epic American poem written by Stephen Vincent Benet. Its title references the radical abolitionist John Brown, who raided Harper's Ferry in West Virginia in the fall of 1859. See more »


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Harold Skinner: In my opinion, John, this is the type of furniture we should be making.
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I Thought That Furniture Was Really Ugly, Even in the Fifties
10 June 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Once again you have to give a guy credit for making things go his way. In the Hitchcock world, however, getting your wish has a price. These people never lose their own money, but the business that was going to float their boat in the future. As it turns out the sure-fire project is a total failure. In the process, they get the only person who can rescue them thrown in a mental institution. There are so many questions left unanswered and such a lack of believability, it really strains my limits as a viewer. The title is really an ironic one in that technically there is no body, not a dead one anyway. The only question I have has to do with the relationship between the two conspirators. How much truth is there in this tryst, or is this a ruse as well?

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