Tales from the Darkside: Season 3, Episode 8

A Serpent's Tooth (16 Nov. 1986)

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Disappointed with her unappreciative children, Pearl King enlists the aid of a serpent's tooth talisman that has potent powers and produces instant results.

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Pearl King (as Renee Taylor)
Louis Quinn ...
Myron
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Madlene King
Brett Marx ...
Marc King
Ron Sloan ...
Barry
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Richie
Paul Sparer ...
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Disappointed with her unappreciative children, Pearl King enlists the aid of a serpent's tooth talisman that has potent powers and produces instant results.

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The title is based upon a quote from William Shakespeare's play "King Lear" (Act I, Scene IV): "How sharper than a serpent's tooth it is to have a thankless child!" See more »

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Amusing comic episode
2 September 2014 | by (The Last New Jersey Drive-In on the Left) – See all my reviews

Disappointed mother Pearl King (sweetly played by Renee Taylor) feels like her spoiled kids don't appreciate her for all that she does for them. Things change when Pearl acquires a magical serpent's tooth talisman which enables her to make her children show her more gratitude, but naturally it comes at a price. Director Frank De Palma relates the enjoyable story at a quick pace and maintains an engaging lighthearted pace throughout. Edithe Swensen's witty script has a cute central message about being careful what you wish for. Moreover, this show is acted with zest by an enthusiastic cast: Lois Quinn as sympathetic friend Myron, JoAnn Willette as brash punkette daughter Madlene, Brett Marx as jerky son Marc, and Jared Rushton as the bratty Richie. Best of all, Taylor has a ball as a well-meaning mother who lets her newfound power get the best of her. The special effects are primitive, but do the trick just he same. The ironic ending is a doozy. A real hoot.


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