Tales from the Crypt (1989–1996)
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The Switch 

A wealthy and elderly man subjects himself to a revolutionary new treatment in order to please his gold-digger girlfriend. Unfortunately becoming young again turns out to be very expensive.


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Episode credited cast:
Roy Brocksmith ...
Dr. Thorne
Crypt Keeper (voice)
Renata Scott ...
Female Patient
Kendall McCarthy ...
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Waitress (scenes deleted)


The millionaire Carlton Webster is infatuated by the gorgeous and young Linda who does not know that he is a wealthy man. When he proposes her to get married with him, she tells that he is too old for her and Carlton becomes obsessed to look younger. He visits an infamous doctor that asks one million dollars to switch his face with the younger Hans that will receive 900,000 dollars. When Carlton visits Linda again, she tells that his torso is too old and the doctor now asks two million dollars for a new surgery and his associate Hans again is the donator. But when Linda sees Carlton's legs, she tells that they are scrawny legs. Carlton goes to the doctor that asks his last three million dollars for the surgery. Carlton becomes young with Hans's body but when he visits Linda, he finds that she has moved for a fancy neighborhood and soon he learns what she is looking for. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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21 April 1990 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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This marks the first time that the original story was actually published in the "Tales from the Crypt" comic book. All the previous stories originated in other EC Comics titles. See more »


Fulton: Are you sure that you're doing the right thing, sir?
Carlton Webster: What do you mean, Fulton?
Fulton: [referring to Linda] Well, how can you be certain that she will fall in love with you, even after you make these... changes?
Carlton Webster: Because I love her, and love conquers all.
Fulton: Love can also be blind, sir. I just pray that you aren't the only one it conquers.
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References Saturday Night Live (1975) See more »


Tales from the Crypt Theme
Composed by Danny Elfman
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Scrawny legs, indeed
24 January 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

William Hickey as a wealthy octogenarian is transformed into hunky young Rick Rossovich, as he attempts to woo Kelly Preston in THE SWITCH. Hickey loves her and proposes marriage, but she refuses because of his advanced age and appearance. So he goes to a shady surgeon who lives in a wonderful Dracula-like castle. This surgeon, for huge sums of moolah, agrees to replace parts of Hickey, a little at a time. The ending is a twist and a hoot. Someone here suggested it plays out like an old Twilight Zone episode, and I concur. The ending leads to a definite moral statement, having to do with man trying to be something he's not. The episode was shot in 1990, when Preston was at her peak.

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