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A Howling in the Woods

A Howling in the Woods is a 1971 American made-for-television thriller film directed by Daniel Petrie and starring Barbara Eden, Larry Hagman, John Rubinstein, and Vera Miles. The teleplay was written by Richard DeRoy based on the 1968 novel by Velda Johnston. Its plot follows a housewife vacationing in the woods who experiences mysterious howling noises in the night. The film premiered on NBC as the NBC World Premiere Movie on November 5, 1971. It was released theatrically in Europe.

A Howling in the Woods
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Based onA Howling in the Woods by Velda Johnston
Written byRichard DeRoy
Directed byDaniel Petrie
StarringBarbara Eden
Larry Hagman
John Rubinstein
Vera Miles
Music byDave Grusin
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
Producer(s)Douglas Benton
CinematographyJack Marta
Editor(s)Robert F. Shugrue
Running time100 minutes
Production company(s)Universal Television
DistributorNBCUniversal Television Distribution
Original networkNBC
Original releaseNovember 5, 1971

Produced by Universal Television, the film was shot on location in Lake Tahoe and nearby Dayton, Nevada. A Howling in the Woods also reunited Barbara Eden and Larry Hagman shortly after their TV series I Dream of Jeannie was cancelled.


Liza Crocker (Barbara Eden) is a disillusioned housewife with plans to divorce her husband Eddie (Larry Hagman) who returns to her family home in a small Nevada town to visit her step-mother (Vera Miles) and discovers she has a new step-brother (John Rubinstein), her father seemingly missing, mysterious behavior by the townsfolk and a mysterious howling in the woods at night.


Home video releaseEdit

A Howling in the Woods has never been released on any video format in the USA or Europe.


  • Johnston, Velda, A Howling in the Woods 186 p. Dodd, Mead & Company, New York (1968)

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