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"The Twilight Zone" A Piano in the House (1962)

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Original Air Date:
16 February 1962 (Season 3, Episode 22)
Sadistic and hated theater critic Fitzgerald Fortune buys a player piano that has the power to reveal the souls of all who hear it. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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 (Episode Cast) (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

Barry Morse ... Fitzgerald Fortune

Joan Hackett ... Esther Fortune

Don Durant ... Gregory Walker

Muriel Landers ... Marge Moore

Philip Coolidge ... Throckmorton
Cyril Delevanti ... Marvin - Butler
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Rod Serling ... Narrator / Himself - Host (uncredited)

Episode Crew
Directed by
David Greene 
Writing credits
Earl Hamner Jr. (written by) (as Earl Hamner)

Rod Serling (created by)

Produced by
Buck Houghton .... producer
Cinematography by
George T. Clemens (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Bill Mosher 
Art Direction by
Philip Barber  (as Phil Barber)
George W. Davis 
Set Decoration by
H. Web Arrowsmith 
Production Management
Ralph W. Nelson .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
E. Darrell Hallenbeck .... assistant director
Sound Department
Bill Edmondson .... sound
Franklin Milton .... sound
Editorial Department
Scott Lawson .... colorist (uncredited)
Music Department
Marius Constant .... composer: theme music (uncredited)
Other crew
Richard P. McDonagh .... story consultant (as Richard McDonagh)
Crew believed to be complete

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Additional Details

25 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)

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Audio/visual unsynchronized: 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 »
[opening narration]
Narrator:Mr. Fitzgerald Fortune, theater critic and cynic at large, on his way to a birthday party. If he knew what is in store for him, he probably wouldn't go, because before this evening is over, that cranky old piano is going to play 'Those Piano Roll Blues' - with some effects that could happen only in the Twilight Zone.
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Referenced in The Pinball Arcade (2012) (VG)See more »


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18 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
Six Characters in a fascinating study, 6 January 2009
Author: ( from Whiting, Indiana

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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