Tales from the Crypt (1996)

Season 7 Episode 4


Aired Unknown May 17, 1996 on HBO
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Episode Summary

A traitor in the second World War is restricted to a prison camp and one of the men he betrayed is transported to the camp and promises to reveal his identity.

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  • A traitor in World War 2 finds out that one of the men he betrayed is in the hospital in the same prison camp where he is about to betray some soilders planning to escape.moreless

    If you liked the season 3 episode ''Yellow'' then this one you'll probably like to. It has a good plot and I thought the acting was also pretty good. Thow i did not no a single actor in it, i still tried to enjoy the episode and did. While some of the Season 7 episodes where okay this one to me stood out with the good ones. Also I was not bothered that the cast members are pretty much all british. Still give this one a watch I did not see the twist coming the way it did, and its one of Season 7's greats.moreless
Nick Reding

Nick Reding


Guest Star

Martin Kemp

Martin Kemp

Lieutenant Luger

Guest Star

Murray McArthur

Murray McArthur

George Heathcote

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

  • QUOTES (5)

    • Fry: It's him isn't it? In the hospital. The man you escaped with.
      Luger: Don't you ever get sick of knowing everything?
      Fry: Hasn't happened yet.

    • Major Nicholson: [to Luger] I'd shoot you myself, but you're not worth the bullet.

    • Major Nicholson: Have you no shame? Three of your own men are dead because you betrayed them.
      Luger: They shouldn't have run. They were stupid. Stupid people deserve to die.

    • Luger: I'd like to talk about my arrangements.
      Major Nicholson: Your arrangements?
      Luger: We had an agreement, Major Norris and I.
      Major Nicholson: Oh yes, yes I heard about that.
      Luger: Good. Then there shouldn't be any problem giving me what I want.
      Major Nicholson: And what would that be Lieutenant? A car at your disposal? Room service?

    • [Opening wraparound segment with The Crypt Keeper as a drill sergeant.]
      The Crypt Keeper: Fall in! [to corpse soldier] Did you hear me, maggot? I said, fall in! [soldier falls out of frame] I swear, you must be the sorriest bunch of sad sacks I ever did see. You're a disgrace to the uniform. All of you! And you call yourself a scare force? [to corpse with cow's horns] What's your problem soldier? You some kind of mummy's boy? That it? Hmm....I guess you think you're like the man in tonight's tale. He's not much of a soldier either. It's a nasty little shriek and destroy mission I call "Escape".

      [Closing wraparound segment with The Crypt Keeper as a drill sergeant.]
      The Crypt Keeper: Well, Luger wanted a discharge from the army and that's exactly what he got. [laughs] Talk about a bleeder among men. I guess now he'd rather fright than snitch. [laughs] Now then, let's see what you maggots are made of! About FACE! Parade, MARCH! [corpses walk off screen in background] Hut, two, three, four! Hut, two, three, four! Present ARMS! [two severed arms are handed in from offscreen] Now that's what I call hack-tive service! [laughs]

  • NOTES (2)

    • Roy Dotrice also appeared in the "Wish You Were Here" segment in the 1972, Tales From The Crypt film.

    • EC Comic Connection: Story adapted from Vault Of Horror #16, Dec 1950-Jan 1951. Story and art by Al Feldstein.

      While this episode is set in a prison camp in World War II, the original comic story is set in a 1950's style prison and is not war themed.


    • Geneva Conventions

      Protocols or documents that were adopted to govern certain practices in war. Among other topics, they cover care of the sick/injured soldiers on land or sea, treatment of prisoners, and prevention of collateral damage. The various conventions of it were each ratified in different years and last revised and adopted in 1949. Three other protocols have also been added though not universally adopted.

      When Luger is shown that he will be building coffins at the prison camp, he tells the guard that he is an officer, and thus, forcing him to work would be a violation of the Geneva Conventions.

    • Luger

      A famous brand of semi-automatic handgun designed by Georg Luger and used primarily by the Germans during World Wars I and II.

      The name of the main German character in this episode is Lieutenant Luger, a possible reference to the gun of the time period.

      In the original comic story, while not set in World War II, the character's name is also Luger.

    • Fatherland

      An English translation of the German Vaterland, meaning the father country of the Germans, Germany. In reports during WWII, the term was used so often in discussions of German patriotism and Nazism that the word has taken on a distinctly negative connotation.

      While the prisoners attempt to convince Luger to help them escape, they mention that "the Fatherland needs us now more than ever."

    • World War II

      A conflict that took place between 1939 and 1945. It's overall purpose was to prevent the spread of fascist/communist dictatorships, primarily in Germany, Italy, and Japan (The Axis), by a unified resistance force(the Allies). Millions would die in this war both in combat and through the Holocaust. The battle would impact most of the world in some way be it through sending troops or actual battles taking place on their soil. In the end, The Allies successfully pushed back the forces of the Germans and Italians in Europe and North Africa as well as the Japanese in the Pacific Islands. The United Nations was created as a result of this war.

      This episode is meant to take place near the end of World War II at an English prison camp in Havenhurst. There are multiple allusions to the time period in the episode including the Germans in the POW camp who talk of the Fatherland needing them, the card that states the episode occurs in "England 1945" and the revelation near the end that the war is ending.