Tales from the Crypt (1996)

Death of Some Salesmen

Season 5, Ep 1, Aired 10/2/93
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  • Episode Description
  • A sneaky cemetery plot salesman has a talent for killing people after he sells them phony tombstones. When he finds new victims, he soon learns they have a fortune buried in their cellar, but he never counted on their hatred for salesmen.

  • Cast & Crew
  • John Kassir

    voice of The Crypt Keeper

  • A L Katz

  • Gilbert Adler

  • Anthony Adler

  • Michael Kamen

  • Fan Reviews (5)
  • A salesman gets a taste of his own music.

    By thefanof, Mar 20, 2009

  • Sales has always been a doomed profession.

    By patty_h, Mar 02, 2009

  • A con-man traveling around selling fake cemetery plots to ignorant hicks, whose loved ones have recently passed, comes across the wrong family who are tired of being conned by tricky salesman, and they teach him a valuable lesson.

    By tricdadec, Jun 21, 2007

  • such a hilarious episode!

    By luckydagangsta, Mar 19, 2007

  • A salesman makes a mistake knocks at the wrong door, and makes the mistake of trying to con a crazy family.

    By marieia, Nov 16, 2006

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (2)

    • [Opening wraparound segment with the Crypt Keeper dressed as a Home Chopping Network host and selling a designer hanger and female death care products.]
      The Crypt Keeper: I'm sorry kiddies, it appears our designer hanger offer has expired. Will somebody please get Mr. Delarenta out of here? [the man's rope is cut; he falls] Next up on the Home Chopping Network, it's time for the Crypt Keeper's fashion boo-tique. Today we're featuring my full line of appre-v Deathcare products. We've got everything from face scream to mas-scare-a. Try some! It's the best thing you can do for demise. [laughs] Or maybe I can interest you in tonight's special. It's a tasteless tidbit about a travelling cemetary plant salesman who's about to make a grave mistake. I call it, "Death of Some Salesmen". [Closing wraparound segment with the Crypt Keeper sitting in front of a cash register and cutting vegetables with the Crypt Keeper slash-o-matic knife.]
      The Crypt Keeper: Good old Judd. Just another satisfied ghost-omer. [laughs] I guess it's true what they say: the family that slays together, stays together. [laughs] We come now to one of my favorite items. The Amazing Crypt Keeper Slash-O-Matic! It's more than just a knife, it peels, it cuts, makes fabulous french fries, it slices, it dices, it...[cuts off fingers with the knife] Ohh...

    • Judd: "Winona? Winona is such a nice name. My--Mother's name was Winona, and she was very beautiful. You play that very well. Anyone ever tell you that? How, uh, old are you?"

    Notes (5)

    • Tim Curry received a 1994 Emmy Award nomination for "Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series" for his multiple roles as the Brackett family in this episode.

    • Cast Connection: Tim Curry also appears in the Tales from the Crypt direct-to-video release, Ritual.

    • Director Connection: Gilbert Adler also directed the episode, "What's Cookin'?"

    • A "virtual comic book" of Death of Some Salsemen, a presentation of the comic, all voices done by John Kassir, can be found on the Complete Fifth Season DVD set.

    • EC Comic Connection: Story adapted from "Haunt Of Fear" #15, Sept-Oct 1952. Art by Jack Davis.

    Trivia (3)

    • Tim Curry receives the "and" credit for his role as Winona Brackett. He is actually mentioned three times in the opening credits for all three of his characters in the episode.

    • Music: Composed by Michael Kamen.

    • Crypt Keeper Wardrobe: In the opening wraparound segment, the Crypt Keeper is dressed as a Home Chopping Network host and is selling a designer hanger and female death care products. In the closing wraparound segment, the Crypt Keeper is sitting in front of a cash register and is cutting vegetables with the Crypt Keeper slash-o-matic knife.

    Allusions (1)

    • Death of a Salesman Classic American play, penned by Arthur Miller in 1949, it recounts the life and death of shrewd but unsuccessful salesman Willy Loman, delving into his past and turbulent family life. Although the play itself is well recognized and still highly regarded, the title is often used for jokes and puns in media. This episode's title, "Death of Some Salesmen", is a reference to the famous play.

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