Lights Out (1946–1952)
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The Lost Will of Dr. Rant 

A dear old woman is supposed to inherit the fortune of her uncle, Dr. John Rant, as soon as she finds his will. He tells her only that it's in a book and that she probably won't recognize ... See full summary »

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A dear old woman is supposed to inherit the fortune of her uncle, Dr. John Rant, as soon as she finds his will. He tells her only that it's in a book and that she probably won't recognize it when she sees it. This cryptic clue results in the inheritance going to another relative, and the late Dr. Rant is not happy about this. Written by Jay Phelps <jaynashvil@aol,com>

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LIGHTS OUT: THE LOST WILL OF DR. RANT {TV} {Short} (Laurence Schwab Jr., 1951) ***
12 October 2013 | by (Naxxar, Malta) – See all my reviews

An elderly man desperately seeks an ancient manuscript in order to destroy the last testament of a scholarly relative whose 'eyeless' spirit appears to be haunting him. Despite the obvious limitations one associates with the early days of television, this emerges a rather splendid and memorable chiller (adapted from M.R. James' awkwardly-titled "The Tractate Middoth"); the introduction of female characters into the mix, however, is regrettable. The short is bookended by the interpolations of an eccentric host in the "Inner Sanctum" mold and a young Leslie Nielsen proves to be a most adequate leading man here. Frankly, I have never heard of this particular TV series but I must say that "You Tube" can be a veritable treasure trove when it comes to such fare which, apart from their obvious future historical importance, also serve to store for posterity's sake the pre-stardom efforts of many a famous Hollywood personality!


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