Sanford and Son: Season 1, Episode 14

The Piano Movers (14 Apr. 1972)

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It's putting the match to the powder keg when rough and tumble Fred and Lamont are engaged to remove a piano from the lavish Beverly Hills apartment of a cultured antiques collector.



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Fred and Lamont accept an offer from a rich high-society socialite to move his piano out of his apartment. Lamont is dedicated to the getting the job done, but Fred spends most of his time snooping around the man's apartment and making wisecracks about the possibility that he might be a homosexual. The man, who keeps walking in and out of the apartment, takes pity on Fred who, from his point of view seems to be doing all the work. Finally, when the piano becomes wedged in the front door, Lamont gets fed up with the man's negative attitude and decides to leave it there. Written by Jerry Roberts

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This story is based on the Steptoe and Son (1962) episode titled "The Piano". See more »


Lamont Sanford: What war were you ever in?
Fred G. Sanford: World War II. I never got over it. Staggering, staggering under that 40-pound pack.
Lamont Sanford: Now you know you never left Fort Dix, New Jersey, and the only pack that made you stagger was a six-pack!
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Remake of Steptoe and Son: The Piano (1962) See more »

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5 May 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The entire episode was filmed on a set of an apartment building where an art collector lived. What a colorful set! They did not use the primary set - Fred and Lamont's house.

I kept thinking that the actors would leave the scenes with the special slippers on but I was wrong; they addressed them every time.

The viewer doesn't get to see how the piano ends up on its side to go through the door. The camera cuts away so that stagehands could upend it.

Even though they wore slippers, Lamont was quick to toss the priceless Persian rug out of the way to get the piano through.

Fred was hilarious in the timing of the scenes which had him appear to be doing all the work!

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