Tales from the Darkside (1983–1988)
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Deliver Us from Goodness 

Julian Cantrell's bid for mayor in an Alabama town is undermined by his saintly wife Valeria's miraculous behavior. So she decides to change her ways and break the Ten Commandments in order to help Julian get elected.

Director:

Warner Shook

Writers:

Suzette Haden Elgin (story), Jule Selbo (teleplay)
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Cast

Episode cast overview:
Kaiulani Lee Kaiulani Lee ... Mrs. Valeria Cantrell
Mary Louise Wilson ... Ruby
Albert Macklin Albert Macklin ... Young Priest
Steve Vinovich ... Julian Cantrell
Bill McIntyre Bill McIntyre ... Mr. Tabbitt
Jane Adams ... Charlotte Rose Cantrell
Paul Sparer Paul Sparer ... Narrator (voice)
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Julian Cantrell's bid for mayor in an Alabama town is undermined by his saintly wife Valeria's miraculous behavior. So she decides to change her ways and break the Ten Commandments in order to help Julian get elected.

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Certificate:

TV-14
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 November 1986 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Quotes

Charlotte Rose Cantrell: [trying to get her mother to let her wear unconventional clothes] Mary Ann Whipple's mother wears aqua stretch pants, and an orange satin blouse that shows her cleavage.
Mrs. Valeria Cantrell: Everyone has their own path to walk on, honey, and God gives people questionable taste in clothing sometimes, as a penance for buying polyester in a previous life.
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Soundtracks

Tales from the Darkside Theme
Composed by Donald Rubinstein
Written by Erica Lindsay
Co-written by Donald Rubinstein
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One of the best of the series
15 February 2007 | by ronnybaileySee all my reviews

Valeria Cantrell has a bit of a problem. Apparently, she is a saint. This comes with all the trimmings, including minor miracles and an occasional radiant glow when she speaks. Unfortunately, this is causing a few problems for her and her husband, who is running for mayor. Her glowing and unexpected miracles don't seem to be in keeping with the image of a prospective First Lady of their town.

After consulting with a local priest, she earnestly tries to change the situation by systematically breaking each of the ten commandments.

This episode of TFTD is a real change of pace for the series, because it's very funny. Poor Valeria is really a sweet lady and seeing all the ways she tries to solve this problem is a joy to watch.

Definitely check out this episode if you can. It's a shame this series is not available on DVD yet!


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