The Man in the Barn (1937)

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Questioning accepted history, this speculative drama asks if John Wilkes Booth didn't die by gunshot while trapped in a burning barn surrounded by troops just days after Lincoln's assassination, but rather escaped to live another 38 years.

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27 February 2008 | Michael_Elliott
Man in the Barn, The (1937)

**** (out of four)

Jacques Tourneur directed this MGM short that takes a look at whether John Wilkes Booth was killed in 1865 or if he lived until 1903. This documentary covers both sides as to when Booth was killed but what really sets this short apart is some terrific atmosphere, a great mood and some terrific camera-work. The story is also very interesting, although who knows where the truth lies.

I don't look for history when I watch a film. I want to be entertained and this film did just that.

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Plot Summary


Short | History | Mystery


Release Date:

20 November 1937



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