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Body in the Barn 

A domineering wife is suspected of murdering her husband when the body of an unrecognizable man is found buried in her barn.


Joseph M. Newman (as Joseph Newman)


Harold Swanton (teleplay), Margaret Manners (from the story by)




Episode cast overview:
Alfred Hitchcock ... Himself - Host
Lillian Gish ... Bessie Carnby
Maggie McNamara ... Camilla
Peter Lind Hayes ... Henry Wilkins
Kent Smith ... Dr. Sam Adamson
Josie Lloyd ... Nora
James Maloney James Maloney ... Ed - The Storekeeper
Doodles Weaver ... Gregg
Bruce Andersen Bruce Andersen ... Huckaby
Charles Kuenstle Charles Kuenstle ... Huckaby's Clerk
Ralph Roberts ... The Driver
Richard Niles Richard Niles ... The Deputy
Kelly Thordsen ... Sheriff Pate O. Turnbull
Patricia Cutts Patricia Cutts ... Samantha Wilkins


A domineering wife is suspected of murdering her husband when the body of an unrecognizable man is found buried in her barn.

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Release Date:

3 July 1964 (USA) See more »

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Shamley Productions See more »
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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


This episode was originally scheduled to air on November 22, 1963 but it was preempted by the coverage of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. See more »


"All of that quicklime" would have actually helped mummify and preserve the corpse, not hasten decomposition as the episode suggests. "Quicklime," i.e., calcium oxide (CaO), removes moisture from a corpse and retards decomposition. See more »


Alfred Hitchcock - Host: That is the end of tonight's story. We would like to show you more, but we seem to be running out of characters.
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Spoofs The Wizard of Oz (1939) See more »

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Genteel Entry
12 April 2011 | by telegonusSee all my reviews

The Body In the Barn is a genteel entry of the Hitchcock hour and features, as another reviewer noted, a pitch perfect performance by Lillian Gish as a sick old biddy whose prying ways cause a lot of trouble in her sleepy, woodsy community when the body of a local working man is found in a barn.

The Hitchcock hours tend to fall into different categories. Some have comic undertones. This one doesn't. Quite a few are either outright horror tales or feature suspense ratcheted up to such a level that they may as well be horrors. Body In the Barn doesn't have that level of intensity. There are rural episodes and urban ones. And some feature people who possess a measure of refinement and education that allows for easy identification for the sophisticated viewer. Body definitely falls into that category. Another somewhat looser category is that of the domestic episode about people who know each other quite well, who either lives under the same roof or are close neighbors. This one is of the domestic variety.

I found Body In the Barn more a good character study than a strong story, featuring very good actors, not especially suspenseful or dramatically compelling. The characters are strong but the plot isn't. It held my interest yet failed to engage my sympathies. The good manners of the principals, some slightly better than average dialog and decent plot twists kept me watching till the end. It was pretty much Miss Gish's show, though it also features good work from Maggie McNamara, Kent Smith and, especially, Peter Lind Hayes. With a lesser player in the lead it would merely average.

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