Tales from the Crypt (1989–1996)
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Two con artist attempt to steal the fortune of a rich man they accidentally killed by creating a fake seance for his blind wife, but not everything goes to plan.


Gary Fleder


Harry Anderson (screenplay), Steven Dodd (creator)




Episode complete credited cast:
Cathy Moriarty ... Alison Peters
Ben Cross ... Benjamin A. Polosky
Ellen Crawford ... Dorothy Chalmers
John Vernon ... Mr. Chalmers
John Kassir ... Crypt Keeper (voice)
Lupe Ontiveros ... Madame Leona
G.F. Smith G.F. Smith ... Gibson
Tim Ahern ... Detective


A pair of con artists, Benny Polosky and Alison Peters, want to swindle a rich man, Presco Chalmers, and make up this story: Benny is the lawyer of Chalmers' dead uncle Albert Peters, Alison is his daughter. Albert robbed $200,000 from the Wilmington bank in 1901, opened an illegal account where he put all the money, got arrested, spent 20 years in jail, then began a new life in Chicago, started a business, married, raised a family, and died last year. The amount of the money in the bank has reached almost $3 million. Chalmers and Alison will get the money if they pay 10% to Benny for not telling authorities that the investment was illegal in the first place. Chalmers buys the made-up story. But Benny spoils everything at the last moment, when Chalmers is about to pay the money... Written by David Shahoumian <dave2070@gmail.com>

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4 July 1992 (USA) See more »

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Tales from the Crypt Theme
Composed by Danny Elfman
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You ain't got no heart
6 November 2007 | by mattressman_pdlSee all my reviews

Two scheming con-artists, Alison and Benny, attempt to steal a fortune from an older gentleman through an extortion scheme. However, after certain complications, their scheming enterprise much reach beyond the grave. But something reaches back...

Cathy Moriarty and Ben Cross are aces as the con-artists, both cold hearted and likable, and the late John Vernon chews the scenery as only he can as the older gentleman, Prescott.

The episode, as well as the Cryptkeeper lead in and lead out, are filmed in noir fashion of the fifties, giving this one a unique feel that sets it above the rest of season four.

The end is gruesomely brutal and savagely clever, leaving everyone exactly where they deserve to be. EC justice, baby, gotta love it.

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