The Dark Secret of Harvest Home

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The Dark Secret of Harvest Home
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Based onHarvest Home novel by Tom Tryon
Written byJack Guss
Charles E. Israel
Directed byLeo Penn
StarringBette Davis
David Ackroyd
Joanna Miles
Rosanna Arquette
Norman Lloyd
Music byPaul Chihara
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
Producer(s)Jack Laird
CinematographyCharles Correll
Jim Dickson
Frank V. Phillips
Editor(s)Robert F. Shugrue
Robert Watts
Running timeVaries
Production company(s)Universal Television
Original networkNBC
Original releaseJanuary 23 –
24, 1978

The Dark Secret of Harvest Home is a 1978 American television horror-thriller miniseries, produced by Universal Television and directed by Leo Penn, that aired January 23–24, 1978 on NBC.[1] The screenplay was based on the 1973 novel Harvest Home by Tom Tryon and is largely faithful to the original material.[2]



The miniseries originally aired on NBC. It was also shown on TNT in 1992, in two parts. This two-parter was the full 3-hour, 48-minute version. It was later broadcast in a slightly truncated version, running just about 3 hours, on the Sci-Fi Channel at some point in the mid-1990s. Many bootleg copies are taken from this source. The Dark Secret Of Harvest Home has been released on video; this version is more heavily edited, running only 2 hours long.[citation needed]

The chapters to this series are:

  • Part 1: Ploughing Day, Planting Day, Agnes Fair, Choosing The Young Lord, The Day Of Seasoning
  • Part 2: Tithing Day, Sheaving Tide, Husking Bee, Corn Play, Kindling Night, Harvest Home


  1. ^ Kevin Thomas (January 23, 1978). "Dark Secret of Harvest Home". Los Angeles Times. p. E14.
  2. ^ Drebit, Scott. "It Came From The Tube: THE DARK SECRET OF HARVEST HOME (1978)". DAILY DEAD. Retrieved October 9, 2016.
  3. ^ "Bette Davis Heads Cast of 'Harvest Home' Due on NBC". Los Angeles Times. January 22, 1978. p. L3.

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