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The Scarecrow (1972)

Just before the Salem Witch Trials, an embittered old woman, who has learned witchcraft, teams up with the Devil, and brings a scarecrow to life as part of her diabolical revenge on the judge who was once her lover.

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Boris Sagal

Writer:

Percy MacKaye (play)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Nina Foch ... Goody Rickby
Norman Lloyd ... Dickon
Blythe Danner ... Rachel Merton
Pete Duel ... Richard Talbot
Will Geer ... Justice Gilead Merton
Gene Wilder ... Lord Ravensbane
Joan Tompkins Joan Tompkins ... Mistress Cynthia Merton
Elisha Cook Jr. ... Micah (as Elisha Cook)
Peter Kastner Peter Kastner ... Captain Bugby
Robert Karnes ... Minister Dodge
Ann Doran ... Mistress Dodge
Vaughn Taylor ... Reverend Rand
John Myhers John Myhers ... Reverend Todd
Tom Helmore ... Sir Charles Reddington
Lizabeth Deen Lizabeth Deen ... Mistress Reddington
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Just before the Salem Witch Trials, an embittered old woman, who has learned witchcraft, teams up with the Devil, and brings a scarecrow to life as part of her diabolical revenge on the judge who was once her lover.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 January 1972 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hollywood Television Theater: The Scarecrow See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

4:3
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Trivia

Last filmed project of actor Pete Duel. See more »

Quotes

Lord Ravensbane: [Richard Talbot is jealous of Ravensbane's attention to Rachel] Betrothed! Is it pleasant?
Rachel: [to Richard] Are you satisfied?
Richard Talbot: More than satisfied!
[he leaves angrily]
Lord Ravensbane: Ah, betrothed is *not* pleasant!
Rachel: Not always.
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Version of Puritan Passions (1923) See more »

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Nice little play
12 December 2002 | by lacrescentaSee all my reviews

I was curious about this film a few months ago, and lamented that it was not available on tape or DVD anywhere. So imagine my surprise when I found it nestled in the bowels of my own massive video collection a short while later! I'd taped it 10 years earlier and obviously forgotten all about it.

It is a charming little movie--obviously a low-budget, in a "play" format. (Meaning, not any outdoor scenes, all shot inside on a soundstage, etc.) The sets are inexpensive, and the video quality is what you might expect from the era in which is was filmed. (Early '70s.)

Based on an old play, the story moves along nicely, and the entire cast is excellent. Blythe Danner (Gwyneth Paltrow's mom), Will Geer (Grandpa from "The Waltons"), and the late Pete Duel ("Alias Smith and Jones") all do a good job in their rolls.

Of course, Gene Wilder is the star (as the "Scarecrow") and he is very sweet indeed. Interesting to watch, if you can find it. I'm glad I did!


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