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Present Tense 

March's niece witnesses her husband die in a plane crash. Soon after she begins to complain she can hear his voice in the night and others in the house become convinced her husband has returned as a ghost.

Director:

Bernard Knowles

Writers:

Peter Green (script), John Dickson Carr (based on: "The Department of Queer Complaints" by) (as Carter Dickson)
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Episode cast overview:
Boris Karloff ... Col. Perceval March
Mary Parker Mary Parker ... Emily
Ewan Roberts ... Inspector Ames (credit only)
Phil Brown ... Gordon
Peter Reynolds ... Ernest
John Laurie ... Dr. Brandeis
Doris Hare ... Lydia
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March's niece witnesses her husband die in a plane crash. Soon after she begins to complain she can hear his voice in the night and others in the house become convinced her husband has returned as a ghost.

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Crime | Drama

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Emily had reported to her Uncle March that Ernest had quit smoking when he was in America, yet he smokes several cigarettes when he shows himself to her. See more »

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Cheap and rather mundane
14 September 2016 | by Leofwine_dracaSee all my reviews

PRESENT TENSE is the third episode of the COLONEL MARCH TV series and the most disappointing yet. Instead of being silly like the previous episode (THE ABOMINABLE SNOWMAN) it's just quite dull as it retells the usual is-she-going-out-of-her-mind? plot about a wife who appears to think she's being communicated to by her dead husband. The low budget nature of the show is particularly apparent here in the poor staging of the opening plane crash which is kept off screen.

My main disappointment with this episode is that Karloff doesn't get to do any real investigating and just shows up at the climax to explain things. Plus the resolution to the mystery is disappointingly mundane, which doesn't really make for good screen entertainment.


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 October 1955 (UK) See more »

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Criterion Films See more »
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Mono (RCA Sound System)

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1.33 : 1
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