The Ray Bradbury Theatre (1985–1992)
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Cuckolded farmer Charlie purchases a weird specimen in a jar from a carnival sideshow, hoping to gain some respect in the town. When his faithless wife threatens to reveal that the creature... See full summary »

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Randy Bradshaw

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Ray Bradbury (screenplay), Ray Bradbury (story)
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Episode cast overview:
Paul Le Mat ... Charlie
Jennifer Dale ... Thedy
Earl Pastko Earl Pastko ... Tom Carmody
John Dee ... Gramps Medknowe
Billy Morton Billy Morton ... Juke Marmer
Bill Meilen Bill Meilen ... Jahdoo
Randal Payne Randal Payne ... Carnival Salesman (as Randall Payne)
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Cuckolded farmer Charlie purchases a weird specimen in a jar from a carnival sideshow, hoping to gain some respect in the town. When his faithless wife threatens to reveal that the creature is a fake, Charlie is driven to an act of desperation. Written by P. Silvestro

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English

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17 January 1992 (France) See more »

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Stereo

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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This story was also enacted on the Alfred Hitchcock Hour season 2 episode 17 See more »

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Instead of the usual series theme, the country and western tune from the episode plays over the closing credits. See more »

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Version of The Alfred Hitchcock Hour: The Jar (1964) See more »

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What's in the Jar, Charlie?
2 April 2015 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

A farmer who has a loose wife purchases a jar with some sort of specimen in it. For the first time in his life, people begin to pay attention to him. Up till now they laughed at him. His wife continues to embarrass him. She is cruel and amoral. The interesting thing is that all the different people see something different when they look in the jar. One night, the wife comes home from one of her escapades and threatens to tell his friends that the thing in the jar is fake; that he has been had. This, of course, is just to take any joy he has away from him. The conclusion is interesting. It's just that the whole concept could have been played out better. The story is a bit different and superior to the dramatic episode


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