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The Twilight Zone: A Piano in the House

An old player-piano helps reveal the listeners' hidden character.

Episode Info


Episode number: 3x22
Production Number: 4825
Airdate: Friday February 16th, 1962



Guest Stars
Barry MorseBarry Morse
As Fitzgerald Fortune
Joan HackettJoan Hackett
As Esther Fortune

Co-Guest Stars
Cyril DelevantiCyril Delevanti
As Marvin the Butler
Recurring
Don DurantDon Durant
As Greg
Muriel LandersMuriel Landers
As Marge Moore
Philip CoolidgePhilip Coolidge
As Throckmorton
Main Cast
Rod SerlingRod Serling
As Narrator/Host

Recap

Theater critic Fitzgerald Fortune enters an antique store and finally finds the owner. He is less than impressed with Fortune, but the critic wants to get a piano player for his much younger wife. The owner, Throckmorton, has one and turns it on for Fortune. Throckmorton mellows as the music plays, but as soon as it stops he snaps at Fortune again. Fortune is puzzled but quickly leaves for his wife's party after paying and arranging for delivery...

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Episode Notes
Barry Morse is probably best known in North America for his TV roles as Lt. Gerard in The Fugitive and as Prof. Bergman in Space: 1999.

Cyril Delevanti also appears in three more episodes, "A Penny For Your Thoughts", "The Silence", "Passage on the Lady Anne"



Episode Quotes
Fitzgerald Fortune: Well how do you do? I'm Fitzgerald Fortune. The theater critic.
Throckmorton: So what?
Fitzgerald Fortune: Isn't rudeness something of a handicap in your line of work?
Throckmorton: What's that to you?

Opening Narration
Narrator:
Mr. Fitzgerald Fortune, theater critic and cynic at large, on his way to a birthday party. If he knew what was 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 only happen in the Twilight Zone.

Closing Narration
Narrator:
Mr. Fitzgerald Fortune, a man who went searching for concealed persons and found himself - in the Twilight Zone.



Other Episode Crew

CreatorRod Serling
Executive ProducerRod Serling
ProducerBuck Houghton
EditorBill Mosher
Set DecoratorH. Web Arrowsmith
Director of PhotographyGeorge T. Clemens
Art DirectorPhilip Barber  |  George W. Davis
Production ManagerRalph Nelson
Sound EditorFranklin Milton
Main Title ThemeMarius Constant
SoundWilliam Edmondson
Assistant DirectorE. Darrell Hallenbeck
 
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