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The Case of the Missing Will 

A terminally ill man asks Poirot to be executor of his new will but is murdered before he can write it, and it is later discovered the old will has been stolen.

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In 1926, rich but childless Andrew Marsh writes a will providing generous bequests to friends, associates, and their children while leaving the bulk of his estate to a medical foundation. He conspicuously omits his young ward Violet Wilson on the chauvinistic grounds that girls will be provided for by their husbands. Marsh's sexist attitudes change over the years as Violet grows into a lovely, independent young woman and publisher of a feminist magazine. He announces that he is going to alter his will and leave 100% of the estate to his ward. On the same night he confides to Poirot that he is terminally ill and wants the detective to be executor of his estate, he is lured out of the house and murdered before he can write the new document. When his lawyer discovers that the old will has been stolen too, the dead man is declared intestate. While the local authorities attribute the death to natural causes, Poirot is given reason to believe that Marsh has an illegitimate son, the identity... Written by Gabe Taverney (duke1029@aol.com)

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7 February 1993 (UK)  »

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This is the only show that isn't based on an original Agatha Christie story; only the names of the characters are taken from the original "The Case of The Missing Will". See more »

Goofs

In the scene where Miss Lemon arrives at the hospital to check birth records for Poirot, she gets out of the car wearing a red dress with a white sweater. Moments later as she's entering the Records Office, she's wearing a blue dress with white sweater. In the next shot, it shows her going through the Records books and she's back in the red dress again. In her next scene she arrives back to give Poirot the info she's found and she's once again back in the blue dress. See more »

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Captain Arthur Hastings: [walking in the funeral procession] The man had a lot of friends, Poirot.
Hercule Poirot: What good are many friends, mon ami, when you have one bad enemy?
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Worth watching but a little disappointing
18 April 2012 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I have always been a big fan of the Poirot series and of Agatha Christie in general. Case of the Missing Will is certainly not a bad episode, in fact I don't consider any of the Poirots bad. But it was a little disappointing for me, one of the weaker short story adaptations. The story is rather confusing, I admit I had to see Case of the Missing Will three times to completely understand it, and there are scenes that are dealt in an unusually trite way, and that is including the final solution. Also other than Andrew Marsh, I found the supporting characters rather bland and uninteresting. On the other hand, as with all the Poirots it is very well-made and evocative in its atmosphere. Although there have been more involving and less confusing mysteries before and since in the series, Case of the Missing Will is interesting for the depiction of the Cambridge intellectuals. The music is still of hauntingly beautiful quality and there is some intelligent dialogue. The acting is fine, with the support cast doing what they can, but it is the four leads really that make the episode worthwhile, with David Suchet as always outstanding as Poirot, Hugh Fraser an amusing and somewhat naive contrast as Hastings, Phillip Jackson a fun Japp and Pauline Moran lovely and firm as Miss Lemon. Overall, worth watching, but a little disappointing and not one of the better short story adaptations in the way Wasp's Nest, The Chocolate Box and Adventure of the Italian Nobleman were. 7/10 Bethany Cox


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