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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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7 May 1951 (USA)  »

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4 November 2012 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

I recently discovered a couple old anthology series for free download at archive.org--"Tales of Tomorrow" and "Lights Out". "Tales of Tomorrow" is clearly the better of the two series and few episodes are poor ones. Unfortunately, while "Lights Out" was made by the prestige network of the time (NBC) and "Tales of Tomorrow" the poor upstart network (ABC), more money didn't translate to a better show. While BOTH shows are not available in their entirety (because networks often filmed live and kept no backups or destroyed them soon after re-airing them), enough exist of both to be able to assert that the ABC show was clearly better. However, occasionally "Lights Out" hit a home run--and "The Lost Will of Dr. Rant" (as well as "Dead Man's Coat") are clearly exceptional shows.

The Lost Will of Dr. Rant" is based on the story "The Tractate Middoth" by M.R. James and stars stars Leslie Nielsen. The plot is a bit hard to believe but it worked very well here. An old man comes into the library and demands a copy of some obscure Hebrew text about the Talmud. However, when the librarian (Nielsen) goes to fetch it, another old man has the book and won't give it to him. When Nielsen later tries again to get the book, the same old man is holding it--only this time he sees the man's face and the man is DEAD!! What is going on?! See the show and find out for yourself--as I'd hate to spoil the suspense. Overall, this is a very cleverly written and well-acted show--and really was quite original. Well worth seeing.


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