The Veil (1958– )
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Genesis 

The two sons of a dying farmer quarrel over the old man's will. A message from beyond the grave points the elder son to the story of Esau and Jacob in the book of Genesis.

Director:

George Waggner (as george waGGner)

Writers:

Sidney Morse (teleplay by), Frank P. Bibas (created by)
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Cast

Episode complete credited cast:
Boris Karloff ... Jonas Atterbury
Katherine Squire Katherine Squire ... Emma Haney
Peter Miller Peter Miller ... James Haney
Lee Farr Lee Farr ... John Haney Jr. (as Lee Far)
Charles Meredith ... John Haney Sr.
Morris Ankrum ... Judge Davis
Thomas Browne Henry Thomas Browne Henry ... Blue (as Thomas Henry)
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The two sons of a dying farmer quarrel over the old man's will. A message from beyond the grave points the elder son to the story of Esau and Jacob in the book of Genesis.

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Language:

English

Release Date:

1958 (USA) See more »

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Production Co:

Hal Roach Studios See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono | Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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One of 4 episodes compiled for the feature "Jack the Ripper" - the others were "Summer Heat," "Food on the Table," and "Jack the Ripper." See more »

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Quite good.
16 February 2014 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

The episodes of "The Veil" all claimed that these stories of the supernatural were 100% true. While I thoroughly doubt that, I have enjoyed watching these shows. I noticed that one reviewer thought this one was below average, but I liked it quite a bit.

An old man is dying. His youngest son Jamie disappeared a decade ago and has returned just to see if the old man will leave him something. Nice guy, huh? The older brother, Johnny, is a guy you feel sorry for--he's stayed and been loyal to the tyrant-like father. You feel even more sorry for him when his father died and Jamie presents a will that leaves everything to him. Jamie, not being a bastion of decency, plans on selling the farm, dumping his mother in an old folks home and keeping the rest of the money. Ultimately, this case ends up in court. However, here's where the supernatural part comes--Johnny sees his father--as if he's alive! And, the dead guy tells him to look at Genesis 27--the story of Jacob and Esau. While there are a lot of similarities to what has now taken place between Jamie and Johnny, there might just be more to it and Johnny needs to get a hold of the family Bible. What's next? Well, see it for yourself. This and the other episodes of the series are available for free download at archive.org and are well worth your time.

By the way, like in all but one of the other episodes, the host, Boris Karloff, not only provides the introduction and epilogue but plays one of the central characters--in this case, Johnny's lawyer.


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