Darkroom (1981–1982)
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A guy who's down and out, buys a make up case from a old woman who says that it belonged to her husband who's an actor. She says she heard that whenever he puts on the make up he becomes ... See full summary »


Curtis Harrington


Jeffrey Bloom (teleplay), Robert R. McCammon (story)


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Episode credited cast:
James Coburn ... Himself - Host
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Sian Barbara Allen ... Brenda
Elvia Allman ... Mangeress
Billy Crystal ... Paddy
Brian Dennehy ... Roland
Signe Hasso ... Mrs. Lamont Tremayne
Jack Kruschen ... Sam
William Long Jr. William Long Jr. ... Bartender
Jodie Mann ... Clerk
Robert O'Reilly ... Sebastian
Ronald Spivey Ronald Spivey ... Burt Leeds


A guy who's down and out, buys a make up case from a old woman who says that it belonged to her husband who's an actor. She says she heard that whenever he puts on the make up he becomes the character instantly. When he puts on the make up he becomes whatever the character is inscribed on the container. And he sets to get back at the bookie who owes him some money. Written by rcs0411@yahoo.com

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18 December 1981 (USA) See more »

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Universal Television See more »
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1.33 : 1
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References The Invisible Man (1933) See more »

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Billy Crystal at a time, when people still said "Billy who?"
26 September 2016 | by t_atzmuellerSee all my reviews

Paddy (Billy Crystal) hasn't got it easy: cursed with a lame leg, he's virtually penniless, feeds himself on toast with a conservative layer of mustard, has the landlord sitting on his shoulder and keeps himself afloat with menial jobs, such as making deliveries for the shady club-owner Roland (Brian Dennehy), who rips him off over a hundred bucks and tosses him back into the gutter. Paddy's only light at the end of the tunnel is the waitress Brenda, who want him to come with her to sunny Miami, but of course there's the problem with the green paper, from which George Washington so benevolently smiles. Trying to sell his watch, his last valuable possession, at a pawnshop, for a meagre 20 bucks, he overhears the widow (Signe Hasso) of famed silent-movie actor Lamont Tremayne – "the man with the hundred faces", as he was known in his heyday – trying to sell off her late husband's make-up-box. For no other reason than having a soft heart, Paddy buys the box for 20 bucks. He rummages through the content and discovers the make-up that Lamont applied during the filming of his "Revenge of the Colossus". Soon later, a huge guy looking a lot like Paddy, appears at Roland's, roughs up his heavies and demands the hundred bucks (plus interest) that is being owned to Paddy. Enraged, Roland pays Paddy (no his diminished self again) a visit and takes his money back, vowing revenge on Paddy's "tall friend". Paddy contemplates to make a run but is tempted one more time by the magical make-up-box. Shortly later, a one-eyed gambler, again looking eerily similar like Paddy, appears on Sebastian's poker table and milks him for all he's worth. However, this may be only the beginning of Paddy's real troubles… "Make Up" was again one of the highlights of this short-lived series and once again it's mainly due to the excellent cast and generally creepy atmosphere. We get a very young Billy Crystal, before he became a household-name, 'fresh' off playing bit roles in TV-shows and movies (among them Joan River's mega-flop "Rabbit Test" – which Schwarzenegger's "Twins 2" later ripped off mercilessly and turned into a semi-success). Surprisingly enough, there is almost no comedy in his performance, but he plays the hapless Paddy to a tit. Brian Dennehy had always had a penchant for playing shady characters and doesn't disappoint either.

The rest of the cast, although having no more than cameo appearances, should be known to people who've been watching TV between the 1950's and 1980's, with special-guest (so to speak) Signe Hasso, the elusive actress who was 40 years earlier tooted by RKO as "the next Greta Garbo". Which brings us to the premise of this episode, which hints at Hollywood's golden age, and especially Lon Chaney and his reputation as "the man with the 1,000 faces". It's a charming, harmless little romp – surely outdated these days but certainly worth the time for friends of 80's horror- and spooky-anthologies. As far as those go, a 8/10 would not be too much.

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