Twilight Zone: Season 3, Episode 22

A Piano in the House (16 Feb. 1962)
"The Twilight Zone" A Piano in the House (original title)

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Sadistic and hated theater critic Fitzgerald Fortune buys a player piano that has the power to reveal the souls of all who hear it.

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Theater critic Fitzgerald Fortune is looking to buy a different sort of gift for his wife's birthday. In a curio shop, he buys an old player piano. It's delivered to his home and when he starts it up it has a strange effect on his manservant, a normally dour man who breaks into mirthful laughter. When he plays another song, this time for a guest, the man breaks down and admits he's in love with Fortune's wife Esther. He decides to have fun with his party guests that evening but Esther decides to turn the tables on him. Written by garykmcd

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In the opening scene, the lively song played by the player piano is "I'm In The Mood For Love"; however, the music roll reads, "Three O'Clock In The Morning", which is a slow waltz with music written by Julián Robledo. See more »

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[closing narration]
Narrator: Mr. Fitzgerald Fortune, a man who went searching for concealed persons and found himself - in the Twilight Zone.
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Six Characters in a fascinating study
6 January 2009 | by (Whiting, Indiana) – See all my reviews

This is one of two excellent TZ "inanimate objects that control us" plots (stopwatches, cameras, used cars, etc). A marvelous set of six vignettes, with each character's true personality revealed by a different tune played on a mechanical piano. Wonderfully imaginative direction by David Greene with more tight close-ups than any other TV episode in history, and remarkably subtle performances by Barry Morse (a rarity!) and the lovely, understated Joan Hackett. The three "odd-ball" characters are the true highlights of the show with Phil Coolidge, Muriel Landers and an all-star, tour-de-force knockout romp by the cadaverous Cyril Delevanti dominating the proceedings. A great "chamber-morality" play,expertly rendered. (The only tiny blemish is that lame,dufus party-goer who waves the present in his hand as he enters the room; he should have been fired).


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