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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Marge Moore
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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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There's Some Pretty Good Acting Here
2 December 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I had forgotten this episode. It's about a drama critic who is known for his abrasiveness and venom. He buys a player piano for his young wife and soon finds it has magical qualities. If a person is designated to listen to it, they will begin to bear their soul. He does it to his stuffy butler, then to his wife, and finally to the guests at a party he is throwing. One of the shortcoming is that he seems able to select a victim from among his guests. Why didn't this affect everyone in the room? I don't think that's a nitpicking criticism. There is a touching moment when a sad, overweight woman friend shows her sadness and hopes to the party goers who laugh at her. She dances in front of them (it is really quite touching). I will say no more, other than Player Pianos come home to roost. Overall, quite a captivating episode.


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