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Dark Night of the Scarecrow (1981)

In a small American country town, the mentally-impaired Bubba Ritter (Larry Drake) has the mentality of a child and is best friends with young local girl Marylee Williams (Tonya Crowe).

When the girl trespasses in the yard of a house and is attacked by a dog, Bubba saves her but is wrongly accused of molesting her.

Local postman Otis P. Hazelrigg (Charles Durning) drums up a vigilante lynch-mob and the group execute the poor man, who is hiding disguised as a scarecrow in a cornfield.

They go to trial but forge some evidence that Bubba had attacked them and are declared not guilty and released.

But now a mysterious scarecrow appears in a local field and soon two of the men responsible for murdering Bubba have died in mysterious accidents.

Originally conceived as a theatrical motion picture, the film instead went to television, premiering on the CBS network just before Halloween in 1981.

Otis P. Hazelrigg
Charles Durning
Skeeter Norris
Robert F. Lyons
Claude Earl Jones
Harless Hocker
Lane Smith
Marylee Williams
Tonya Crowe
Bubba Ritter
Larry Drake
Mrs Ritter
Jocelyn Brando
DA Sam Willock
Tom Taylor
Judge Henry
Richard McKenzie
Mrs Willams
Ivy Jones
Mr Williams
James Tartan
Defence Attorney
Ed Call
Mrs Bunch
Alice Nunn
Mr Loomis
John Steadman
Dave Adams

Frank De Felitta