General Electric Theater (1953–1962)
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A scarecrow is brought to life by a witch and made to pose as a nobleman.


Don Medford


Maurice Valency (television play), Nathaniel Hawthorne (story)




Episode credited cast:
Ronald Reagan ... Himself - Host
Natalie Wood ... Polly Gookin
Carleton Carpenter ... Lord Feathertop
Irene Tedrow ... Mother Rigby
Dick Elliott ... Judge Gookin
Emory Parnell ... Major Whitby
John Carlyle John Carlyle ... Adam Endicott
Pitt Herbert ... Mr. Bell
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Don Herbert ... Himself - Progress Reporter


A scarecrow is brought to life by a witch and made to pose as a nobleman.

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Comedy | Drama





Release Date:

4 December 1955 (USA) See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Revue Studios See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The dance sequence is adapted, not from the original "Feathertop", but from "The Scarecrow", 'Percy Mackaye''s 1908 dramatization of the story. There is no dance sequence in Nathaniel Hawthorne's story. See more »


Major Whitby: [Polly and Feathertop are dancing a minuet to ghostly music which only they can hear] How can one dance without music?
Mr. Bell: 'Tis the latest fashion from Paris, obviously.
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Version of Feathertop (1961) See more »

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Sweet witchcraft tale
1 June 2016 | by searchanddestroy-1See all my reviews

That's another family tale, this time speaking of a witch who brings an ordinary scarecrow to life in order to impersonate a noble man. Naive, I admit, but enjoyable little story that permits you to spend twenty four minutes without any boredom. And you have in this episode an early Nathalie Wood's performance. That's not my favourite GENERAL ELECTRIC THEATRE show episode ever, maybe because the directing and acting are a bit too theatrical but because if this, ironically, it's even more worth watching. I also would say that was made mainly for kids, not grown up persons without their children besides them. Yes, it's a piece of curiosity you deal with in this lost episode which, I repeat, deserves to be seen only in entertainment purposes. Ideal for Christmas holidays.

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