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 »


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


Jerry Welsh: You know you're insane, don't you?
Vladimir Vicek: Am I, Mr. Welch? Am I?
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The Terror in the teakwood box
13 May 2009 | by (Youngstown,Ohio) – See all my reviews

William Castle's 1961 shocker "Mr. Sardonicus" would feature two actors in this horrifying episode, Guy Rolfe and Vladimir Sokoloff (who died in 1962). Beautiful Hazel Court stars as Leonie, wife of master pianist Vladimir Vicek (Rolfe), who fears for her husband's life and asks help from an old friend (Charles Aidman, previously seen in "Knock Three-One-Two"). What neither of them know is that Vicek was so obsessive about the abilities of a rival composer that he desecrated the man's grave and is now being blackmailed by the caretaker (Reggie Nalder) who witnessed the act. Sokoloff would reappear in "Flowers of Evil," while the always memorable Reggie Nalder would play the title role in "The Return of Andrew Bentley." Linda Watkins previously did "The Cheaters," and would go on to do "A Wig for Miss Devore." Hazel Court retired in 1965 and died in 2008.

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