Tales from the Crypt/Dead Right

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Dead Right
Season 2, Episode 1
Airdate April 21, 1990
Screenplay by Andy Wolk
Directed by Howard Deutch
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Tales from the CryptSeason Two

Dead Right is the first episode of the second season of Tales from the Crypt, and the seventh episode overall. Cathy is an ambitious woman who is more interested in marrying for money than for love, and she's willing to do anything to get it.

Starring: Demi Moore (Cathy Marno), Jeffrey Tambor (Charlie Marno), Natalia Nogulich (Madame Vorma), Troy Evans (Al)

Cast: John Kassir (voice of the Crypt Keeper), Kate Hodge (Sally), Earl Boen (Mr. Clayton), Susan Lentini (Leanne), Joe Lerer (T.V. Reporter), Phyllis Hamlin (Reporter), Eric Poppick (Manager), John Towey (Justice of the Peace), Raina Manuel (Young Woman), Darlene Hartwell (Ora Lee), Sandra Margot (Stripper #2)


Plot Overview

Cathy goes to a fortune teller. The fortune teller says that Cathy has all her life been looking for Mr. Rich, rather than Mr. Right, but keeps working and working because she has not found him. The fortune teller says that by the end of the day, Cathy will have lost her job and have a new one. Cathy, discouraged, walks away unconvinced. When she returns to work Cathy is fired for taking an extra 25 minutes for lunch.

Walking down the street, she is hired as a waitress at a strip club. Cathy returns to the fortune teller to learn more, still not convinced. The fortune teller tells her that she will meet someone and they will marry, although the man will not be rich at the time. Cathy isn’t as concerned with love as she is with money. The fortune teller says that Cathy’s husband will inherit a large amount of money after they marry, but will then die shortly after from a violent death.

At the strip club Cathy meets a fat man who hits on her, but she shrugs him off before realizing that he fits the description given to her of her husband by the fortune teller. Though she’s intrigued, ultimately she is disgusted by the rude and ugly man and so runs back to Madame Vorma to hopefully learn more. Unfortunately it is confirmed that this is the man Cathy is to marry, to her chagrin.

After an amusing conversation with her friend over how it could be that this future husband is to die, Cathy is finally convinced to give it a shot. That night the man, who we learn is named Charlie Marno, again hits on her and this time she agrees to go out with him. After only a couple of dates Charlie asks Cathy to marry him. Before agreeing she learns of Charlie’s rich uncle.

Cathy plays nice wife despite being disgusted by the man she has married. Gradually she becomes annoyed by the fact that they haven’t heard from Charlie’s rich uncle. He tells her that he hasn’t heard from his uncle because he is living out west with his family. At the news of a family Cathy becomes livid and decides that she has wasting her time with the fortune teller. While at the grocery store Cathy wins a million dollars and realizes that she is the person who becomes rich, not her husband, and curses Madame Vorma.

At home Charlie tries to leave Charlie and they get into a fight. Charlie attacks her with a knife and stabs her to her death. Charlie then inherits the fortune of Cathy and dies in the electric chair. A violent death, just as Madame Vorma had said.


  • In the introduction the Crypt Keeper is wearing a bandanna over his head and reading a crystal ball; pretending to be a fortune teller.


The Show

  • One of the strippers at the bar is played by Sandra Margot, better known as Tiffany Million a former and popular adult film star.

Behind the Scenes

Allusions and References

Memorable Moments


  • Madame Vorma: Madame Vorma is allllways right.
  • Crypt Keeper: When Charlie got his just desserts, he requested seconds.


  • Overall Grade: C+
  • Review Breakdown: A+: 0 A: 0 A-: 0 B+: 0 B: 0 B-: 0 C+: 1 C: 0 C-: 0 D: 0 F: 0
  • This episode is a microcosm of the legendary series, but doesn't stray too far from the normal formula to make it a particularly memorable episode. From the moment we hear Madame Vorma say that Charlie will inherit a fortune and then die a violent death we have only to look forward to seeing how it happens. But when it finally does happen it's not particularly surprising; not obvious be any means but not surprising either. Overall a solid episode with solid acting from Demi Moore and Jeffrey Tambor. C+ --MateoP 21:57, 8 Nov 2005 (EST)