Mr. Howell names the other castaways as beneficiaries in his will. But he then fears they may be trying to kill him for their inheritance, when in reality they are throwing a surprise party for him.

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Mr. Howell names the other castaways as beneficiaries in his will. But he then fears they may be trying to kill him for their inheritance, when in reality they are throwing a surprise party for him.

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17 October 1966 (USA)  »

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During the party in his honor, Mr Howell (Jim Backus) joked "I haven't felt so wonderful since I foreclosed my mortgage on the city of Cleveland." Backus himself was born in Cleveland, Ohio. See more »

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To kill an old bore
20 June 2016 | by (Youngstown,Ohio) – See all my reviews

"Where There's a Will" opens with an ailing Mr. Howell suffering from a tummy ache, and overwhelmed by the compassion of his fellow castaways. Thinking of them as family, he decides to rewrite his will to leave each of them something special to remember him by. Mary Ann, being a farm girl, gets her own plantation; Ginger and her lovely throat earn a diamond mine; the Professor with his mechanical mind gets a railroad; Gilligan is gifted an oil well; and the Skipper receives 40 acres in Colorado - downtown Denver! All appears well until the beneficiaries begin to act strangely, the Skipper nearly shooting Mr. Howell with an arrow, the girls digging a pit into which he falls, and the Professor sending a huge rock over a cliff to crash at his feet. Convinced that they're out to kill him for their inheritance, Mr. Howell listens to a private conversation about killing 'that old bore,' unaware that a surprise party is planned in his honor, with barbecued spare ribs from a wild boar. The climactic festivities don't go exactly as planned, not such a bad thing when the guest of honor turns up at his own funeral! The beloved Jim Backus even puts in a plug for his Ohio hometown: "I haven't felt so wonderful since I foreclosed my mortgage on the city of Cleveland!"


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