Tales from the Crypt (1989–1996)
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An unattractive and unlucky actor can't get a role because of his looks. His agent and girlfriend leave him. But he doesn't intend to give up - he wants the role of Hamlet.


Todd Holland


Myles Berkowitz (screenplay), Steven Dodd (creator) | 1 more credit »

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Episode cast overview:
Jon Lovitz ... Barry Blye
Bruce Boxleitner ... Winton Robbins
John Astin ... Nelson Halliwell
Louise Fletcher ... Agent
Kimmy Robertson ... Lisa
Paul Benedict ... Beaks
Gregory Cooke Gregory Cooke ... Hamlet Actor
Sandra Bernhard ... Sheila Winters
John Kassir ... Crypt Keeper (voice)
Bob Larkin Bob Larkin ... Gravedigger
Joe S. Cardi Joe S. Cardi ... Mr. Kroger (as Joseph Cardinale)
Jason Kelly Jason Kelly ... Officer


A desperate actor, Barry Blye, doesn't "have the look" of an actor - that's what he gets told every time he auditions for a role. His agent is of the same opinion, and tells him she doesn't want to work with him any more. His girlfriend breaks up with him. His former rival Winton Robbins advices him to get roles he will get paid for, not serious roles, because it's all about money and good looks rather than acting. Barry disagrees; he intends to get the role of Hamlet himself. At the theatre, he meets Winton, who wants to get ahead of Barry again, like several years ago, to prove his point. Written by David Shahoumian <dave2070@gmail.com>

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Release Date:

26 June 1991 (USA) See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Spoofs Masterpiece Classic (1971) See more »


Tales from the Crypt Theme
Composed by Danny Elfman
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Awesome episode!
23 November 2017 | by TalesfromTheCryptfanSee all my reviews

When a talented hardworking struggling actor named Barry (Jon Lovitz) has been turned down for roles because he doesn't have "the look" when talent is more important than looks. As even his girlfriend (Kimmy Robertson) and agent dumps him, opportunity knocks when there is gonna be an upcoming Hamlet play ran by Nelson Helliwell (John Astin) and he has competition by the name of Winton (Bruce Boxleiter) to get the part of Hamlet.

A very well directed/shot/well written episode that is one of the best episodes in the series and one of my all time favorite episodes. The music score by Jay Fergeson has that 80s/early 90s feel to it and has a charm to it. It's darkly funny and the performances is excellent even Jon Lovitz who was born for the part of this episode. It deals with what show business can be a pain in the butt sometimes, Astin is fantastic as the director of the Hamlet play for this episode and there's also a nice gruesome but funny twist in the end that you should see for yourself.

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