Thriller (1960–1962)
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The Terror in Teakwood 

A concert pianist, so obsessed by the death of an arch-rival that he desecrates his grave, announces he will play a sonata written especially for the dead man's oversized hands.



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Episode cast overview:
Vladimir Vicek
Leonie Vicek
Jerry Welch
Papa Glockstein
Reggie Nalder ...
Sylvia Slattery
Bernard Fein ...
Stage Manager
George Kane ...
Dr. Hilton
Monika Henreid ...
Miss Curtis (as Monica Henreid)


Erratic, talented pianist Vladimir Vicek cuts short his honeymoon with his beautiful wife Leonie in order to attend the funeral of arch-rival Carnowitz He bribes a caretaker to gain access to the dead man's crypt and desecrates the corpse. His obsession so alienates his wife that she takes on a lover who subsequently insinuates himself into Vicek's employ as a manager. When the pianist's upcoming concert program is announced, it includes a Carnowitz sonata, spitefully written by the late composer exclusively for his over-sized hands, a composition no one believes Vicek is physically able to play. Just before the concert, the graveyard caretaker appears and attempts to blackmail Vicek. Written by (

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16 May 1961 (USA)  »

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The actress playing the girl being criticized by her mean piano teacher is Monika Henreid, daughter of the director Paul Henreid. See more »


The name of dead pianist Carnowitz is variously pronounced 'Carnovich' by some of the players. See more »


Boris Karloff: [to the camera] Oh, I cannot permit you to leave. You've already heard too much. I can only suggest you get a grip on yourself.
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Terrific but familiar

Since the first minutes of this terrific episode, I thought of other great classic horror films where it was also question of pianists and their hands. I thought of HANDS OF ORLEAC, MAD LOVE and the likes of BEAST WITH FIVE FINGERS...Such a surprise that no one user had mentioned it. Guy Rolfe is of course outstanding in this episode, a sort of fiend character in the line of the one he showed in MR SARDONICUS, one of the many Bill Castle's masterpieces gems. What could I say more, to fill the enough lines required?...Well, I agree to say that it is one of the best of the series so far. A pure terror tale for sure. Paul Henreid proves here that he also was a good director, effective if not the greatest. He made many materials for the TV.

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