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.


Paul Henreid


Alan Caillou (adaptation), Harold Lawlor (story)




Episode cast overview:
Boris Karloff ... Himself
Guy Rolfe ... Vladimir Vicek
Hazel Court ... Leonie Vicek
Charles Aidman ... Jerry Welch
Vladimir Sokoloff ... Papa Glockstein
Reggie Nalder ... Gafke
Linda Watkins ... Sylvia Slattery
Bernard Fein Bernard Fein ... Stage Manager
George Kane George Kane ... Sonny
John Craven ... Dr. Hilton
Monika Henreid 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. When the pianist's upcoming concert programme's announced in the states, Leoniie contacts Jerry Welch, a former lover and asks him to secretly help her find out what's actually going on with her husband. Jerry's able to secure a position as Vicek's tour manager. One highlight of Vicek's tour is he plans to perform a sonata, written by Carnowitz specifically for his oversized hands, and Vivek will play this hitherto unheard composition, which no one believes he's physically capable of playing. Just before the concert, the graveyard's caretaker appears and will tell Welch what he saw in the graveyard if he'll give him a lot of money. If not, he says what he's got to say will put Vicek on death row. Written by (

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16 May 1961 (USA) See more »

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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 »


The name of dead pianist Carnowitz is variously pronounced 'Carnovich' by some of the players. See more »


Miss Curtis: I'm sorry, Professor.
Prof. Glockstein: Contrition is no substitute for talent.
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The Hand Of Horror
30 October 2014 | by AaronCapenBannerSee all my reviews

Guy Rolfe stars as talented but ruthless concert pianist named Vladimir Vicek, who has bribed a cemetery caretaker(played by Reggie Nalder) to let him in to the crypt of a deceased rival for a most gruesome purpose. His wife(played by Hazel Court) begins an affair with an old flame(played by Charles Aidman) who helps him insinuate his way into Vicek's life as an assistant, and will discover the sinister reason behind that graveyard visit, one that may cost all three of them their lives... Well acted and atmospheric episode with fine classical music and unusual premise only suffers from too much talk in the middle, but does conclude things in style.

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