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
Vladimir Sokoloff ...
Papa Glockstein
Reggie Nalder ...
Linda Watkins ...
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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Caesar Giovannini, who wrote and played the piano solos, was once the music director for the "Kukla, Fran, and Ollie" show. See more »


During a fight scene, it is obvious that a stunt double is standing in for actor Guy Rolfe. See more »


Miss Curtis: I'm sorry, Professor.
Prof. Glockstein: Contrition is no substitute for talent.
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The Hand Of Horror
30 October 2014 | by (North America) – See all my reviews

Guy Rolfe stars as talented but ruthless concert pianist named Vladimir Vicek, who has bribed a cemetery caretaker(played by Reggie Nalder) to let him in to the crypt of a deceased rival for a most gruesome purpose. His wife(played by Hazel Court) begins an affair with an old flame(played by Charles Aidman) who helps him insinuate his way into Vicek's life as an assistant, and will discover the sinister reason behind that graveyard visit, one that may cost all three of them their lives... Well acted and atmospheric episode with fine classical music and unusual premise only suffers from too much talk in the middle, but does conclude things in style.

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