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The Case of the Missing Will 

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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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John Bruce

Writer:

Douglas Watkinson (dramatised by)
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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
David Suchet ... Hercule Poirot
Hugh Fraser ... Captain Hastings
Philip Jackson ... Chief Inspector Japp
Pauline Moran ... Miss Lemon
Beth Goddard ... Violet Wilson
Rowena Cooper Rowena Cooper ... Sarah Siddaway
Richard Durden ... Dr. Pritchard
Mark Kingston ... Andrew Marsh
Susan Tracy Susan Tracy ... Phyllida Campion
Gillian Hanna ... Margaret Baker
Terrence Hardiman ... John Siddaway
Jon Laurimore ... Walter Baker
Edward Atterton ... Robert Siddaway
Neil Stuke ... Peter Baker
Stephen Oxley Stephen Oxley ... Doctor
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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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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

When 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 »

Quotes

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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Feminist
31 December 2006 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

Interesting Poirot episode although the plot is a bit confused ,not one of Christie's best .But the essential lies in the depiction of those years just before WW2 (there are hints at Hitler and Musolini),and the Cambridge milieu .The story is a feminist one,cause the victim is here a misogynist whose ward,Violet ,abetted by her squeeze,Andrew-who delivers a feminist speech at the Cambridge university- does not want to be only a housewife .

As always, Japp gets the wrong man,But Poirot won't get fooled.Even if the solution is rather disappointing,the depiction of the Cambridge intellectual milieu of the thirties makes it all worthwhile.


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7 February 1993 (UK) See more »

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