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)
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?


According to Lea Thompson, she found it difficult to perform love scenes with Brett Cullen because he is her close friend in real life. Her difficulty was compounded by the fact that her husband, Howard Deutch was directing her. She had to redub her dialogue in those scenes in post-production. See more »


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


Ronnie Price: Hello.
Sylvia Vane: Hello yourself. All this yours?
Ronnie Price: Mm-hm.
Sylvia Vane: Mm, life's tough...
Ronnie Price: I get by.
Sylvia Vane: I don't wanna tear you away from your guests.
Ronnie Price: Well, I saw you and let's just say something more important came up.
Sylvia Vane: That sounds like a cheap sexual innuendo to me.
Ronnie Price: Oh, I'm sorry. It was supposed to sound like an expensive one.
[Sylvia looks over her shoulder and spots Ronnie's date eyeing the two suspiciously]
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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 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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