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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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Aspect Ratio:

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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Sensational Starring Role For Lillian Gish in Her Sixties!
31 August 2008 | by HarlowMGMSee all my reviews

The great Lillian Gish, one of the legends of the silent screen, was a superlative actress throughout her life. This fantastic episode of ALFRED HITCHCOCK HOUR from 1963 showcases Miss Lillian as good as anything she ever did in the sound film era. Miss Gish stars as a cranky, nosy old gal in ill health who has long feuded with her neighbor and blames her for the death of an elderly man who plummeted off a cliff thanks to a fence the neighbor put up. Lillian's niece Maggie McNamara lives with her in her large farmhouse and Maggie tries to make peace with the neighbors, particularly with the woman's mild mannered hen-pecked husband Peter Lind Hays. Gossip-loving Lil takes in all of Peter's private confidences to Maggie, that his wife once attempted to murder him and he fears she will try again should he ever leave her. And when Peter shows up missing and the days turn into weeks and months and the woman refuses to give any information about his whereabouts, Lillian is convinced after spying on the woman with binoculars that something fishy is going on at her barn.

This fantastic mystery/suspense has echoes of REAR WINDOW - and HUSH HUSH SWEET CHARLOTTE, although the latter film hadn't even been made yet - and Miss Gish is simply superb in this film, cast against type as a not always very likable woman. The whole cast is good but this is Lillian's show. "Body in the Barn" is one of THE ALFRED HITCHOCK HOUR's finest hours.

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