In "Where There's a Will," James Mason stars as a man who tries to expedite his inheritance by scaring his aunt to death. This episode was based on a short story by Agatha Christie, which was first published under the title ""Wireless" in the United Kingdom in 1926. Later, in the 1948 publication, The Witness for The Prosecution and Other Stories, the title was changed to "Where There's a Will".
As the episode opens, Charles Ridgeway needs money. One of his business associates, Mr. Jebson, wants the money that he is owed--or else. Charles tells him not to worry. He'll get the money! He is the favorite nephew of his wealthy but sickly aunt, and upon her death, he stands to gain forty thousand pounds.
To insure this will happen, Charles then takes his aunt to the doctor to determine the state of her health. The doctor gravely informs Charles that his aunt's heart is weak, and she must have no sudden shocks.
Charles agrees, but then devises an elaborate plan to deliver a shock that will solve of all his problems. Will it work?
"Where There's a Will" was adapted for radio by William Fifeld, and produced/directed by Anton M. Leader . James Mason starred as Charles Ridgeway and his wife Pamelo Kellino (Mason) appeared as Elizabeth. The name of the actress who played the aunt is not given. This episode aired on February 24, 1949.
(Image of James Mason)