Tales from the Darkside

Season 3 Episode 19

The Social Climber

Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM Mar 08, 1987 on

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  • A shoemaker's apprentice realizes his boss makes magic shoes. By wearing the shoes, the apprentice is transported into the lives of the wealthy people for whom the shoes were made. However, his greed leads him to wear the shoes one too many times.

    A man works as a shoemaker's apprentice, but dreams of one day striking it rich and living a life of luxury. He has a fiancee, but the fact that she is a waitress gives him second thoughts. Can he really marry someone who gets excited about a $2 tip? Anthony, the shoemaker, is highly sought out by the rich and famous. He warns his apprentice that his selfishness could cost him a happy life with his girlfriend. The apprentice discovers a case in the storeroom one night that contains some special pairs of shoes. Trying a pair on, the apprentice suddenly finds himself clad in a tuxedo. Realizing he has assumed the life of the wealthy man the shoes were made for, he goes to a party for the rich and famous at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel. The next night he puts on another pair of shoes and ends up being a high roller at a casino. Anthony finds out he has been wearing the shoes and warns him that he does not belong in them, as each pair of shoes is intended only for the "right person." The apprentice assures Anthony that he will not do it again, but while Anthony is busy, he sneaks into the storeroom to put on a pair of shoes that were made for Donald Coventry, the richest man in Manhattan. At the same time, a woman arrives at the shop to pick up Coventry's shoes. She informs Anthony that Coventry died and will be buried tomorrow. Just then, the sounds of glass crashing and the apprentice screaming are heard from the storeroom. Anthony discovers his lifeless body, with a startled look on his face and Coventry's shoes on his feet. A strong episode, even though the ending is somewhat predictable. The materialistic and selfish apprentice learns his lesson the hard way. One problem I had with the plot is the fact that the apprentice continues to return to work and live his real life by day while only wearing the shoes at night. He is obsessed with getting rich, yet once he figures out the shoes can give him what he wants, he returns them to the shop and goes back to work the next day. It doesn't make much sense. Other than that bit of nitpicking, though, it is a very entertaining installment.
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