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"Ah, a corpse by any other name would smell as sweet. Unless, of course, it isn't dead yet! Tonight's tawdry tale is about a man whose bravely concerned about matters of life and death. Why he'd care about that remains to be seen."
The Crypt Keeper
"Abra Cadaver"
Series Tales from the Crypt
Season 3, Episode 4
Abra Cadaver
Airdate June 19th, 1991
Writer Jim Birge
Director Stephen Hopkins
Producer Richard Donner; David Giler; Walter Hill; Joel Silver; Robert Zemeckis; Gilbert Adler; Connie Johnson; Jennie Lew Tugend
Starring John Kassir; Beau Bridges; Tony Goldwyn; Tom Wright; Lucinda Weist; Peter Schuck; Hugh B. Holub; Tina Bockrath
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  • The title of this episode is a pun on the phrase "Abracadabra". Abracadabra is a popular term used by stage magicians when performing their tricks. The phrase is Aramaic in origin and roughly translates as, "I will create, as I say". A cadaver is the technical term for a dead human body. The term is usually used when describing bodies found in mortuaries and/or medical schools.
  • The Crypt Keeper's use of the phrase "A corpse by any other name..." is taken from "A rose by any other name...", which is a popular quotation from the William Shakespeare play Romeo and Juliet. Spoken by the character of Juliet, the full line is "What's in a name? that which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet".
  • The title of this episode has also been used on episodes of The Simpsons, The Powerpuff Girls and CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.

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This article pertains to an episode from season 3 of the TV series Tales from the Crypt.