Tales from the Crypt (1989–1996)
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Only Sin Deep 

A hooker learns that beauty is only skin deep.




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Episode cast overview:
Crypt Keeper (voice)
Britt Leach ...
Ronnie Price
Matthew Faison ...
Old Crone
Pamela West ...
Barry Thompson ...


The twenty-one year-old streetwalker Sylvia Vane is narcissistic with the beauty of her face. After killing a pimp and stealing his jewels, she heads to a pawnshop to raise money to buy expensive clothes to seduce the wealthy bachelor Ronnie Price. The pawnbroker offers ten-thousand dollars for her beauty and advises that she has four months to retrieve it, and Sylvia believes he is crazy. Sylvia succeeds in her intent and she moves to Ronnie's penthouse. Four months later, she finds wrinkles on her face and she remembers her debt with the pawnshop owner. Will she have time to revert the situation? Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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14 June 1989 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Before he introduces "Only Sin Deep" in the beginning of the episode, the Cryptkeeper recites the "Mirror, Mirror" chant which breaks a mirror and says that he just bought seven years bad luck. The show lasted for about seven years. See more »


The calender had the same picture before and after the four months in the peddler's shop. See more »


Pimp: How 'bout you, sweet thing, hm? Pretty girl like you... could use a manager, you hear where I'm at?
Sylvia Vane: Yeah, well don't do me no favors, honey...
Pimp: Yeah, uh,
[grabs Sylvia]
Pimp: just talkin' business, sweet thing.
Sylvia Vane: I'm gonna say this once, you touch me again and I'll shoot your dick off!
Pimp: Well you listen up, little girl! This is grown-up time out here, you wanna have an attitude, you might need some protection, yeah... pretty girl like you, could get ugly *real fast* with an attitude. You hear where I'm at,...
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References Let's Make a Deal (1963) See more »


Tales from the Crypt Theme
Composed by Danny Elfman
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What Is Your Beauty Worth...?
9 October 2008 | by (Iowa, United States) – See all my reviews

Season one wavers in the delivery of this tale of a money-seeking prostitute willing to do anything to hook a rich man!

Offered a tight wad of cash for her beauty, a young streetwalker (Lea Thompson) sells her 'beauty' to an unscrupulous pawn shop owner. Thinking he's a nut, she immediately spends the money on landing a rich bachelor and begins her new life in glamor...until the first wrinkles appear...or could it just be stress? he he he

The episode is slightly amateurish, it's pacing a little dodgy, but the end ultimately revives it. The beginning line-up of season one is, indeed, a tough act to follow. And Lea Thompson does make a valiant effort as the lead but one is still slow to relating to such a despicable, immoral character.

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