The Twilight Zone

Season 3 Episode 22

A Piano in the House

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Aired Unknown Feb 16, 1962 on CBS
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Fortune discovers that a piano he bought his wife for her birthday has magical properties - the music that it plays makes people reveal their true essence.

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  • The Moral Here: Don't Mess With Things You Can't Possibly Hope to Comprehend! :shock:

    10
    The great thing about the original version of "The Twilight Zone" is that it was one of the first (if not THE first) . show where it was possible for anything, and I do mean ANYTHING, to happen! :!: The reason for this is because practically everything COULD and often DID happen in "The Twilight As is the case for most of the episodes I've watched so far, they often contain a moral at the end. This episode is more subtle, but definitely delivers a knock-out punch by the end! 8) Fitzgerald Fortune is a Theater Critic, and a notorious cynic at large. He despises many things in life, and abhors the thought that anyone and/or anything deserves praise from HIM! But his tune (literally!) is about to change, VERY soon! First, I would just like to say that the lighting, staging, and musical mood of this entire episode was VERY well done. The actors and actresses did a very good job of acting one way toward the general public, and behaving very differently when a strange player piano reveals the hidden person inside someone who reacts to the music that is played. Unlike most episodes and many people, Fitzgerald Fortune REALIZES the player piano he has purchased is indeed capable of possessing mysterious powers, and he plans to fully exploit them for his personal enjoyment. But Fitzgerald Fortune is about to learn the HARD way that if he plays with fire, he is going to get burned! Because a gentle lullaby compels him to reveal the AWFUL truth he keeps from everybody, how he is a frightened little boy inside a grown man's body, he had never learned to love, and he had never learned to embrace life the way most other people had. The little boy is a despicable tyrant who lashes out at the world, hurting anyone and anything out of pure spite and malice. This episode is a good reminder that there are certain things beyond a person's ability to control, and they shouldn't be messed with if we want to remain safe and happy. This series was the absolute BOMB back in the day, and I can't wait to see what OTHER episodes have in store for me! :idea: Enough said! ;)moreless
  • Rod never spares the rod

    8.5
    I've always enjoyed this one, probably because Barry Morse brings such evident relish to the role of that thoroughgoing slimebucket, a typical Rod Serling "hero" (or let's just say main character). Okay, the moral is definitely laid on with a trowel at the end, and the direction gets pretty hammy too (having everybody stand up on cue, for example). But otherwise it's a lot of fun, including of course Cyril Delevanti's final encapsulating line.moreless
  • Theater critic Fitzgerald Fortune buys a player piano for his wife's birthday. Fortune soon discovers that the piano has a magical property: when playing music, the piano causes people to reveal their true selves and feelings.moreless

    1.0
    If "The Invaders" is the best episode of "The Twilight Zone," "A Piano in the House" is no doubt the worst. The dialouge is terrible. The acting is below par and the scenes of the people revealing their true feelings are just plain stupid. By the time the viewer gets to the very predictable ending of Fortune getting his comeuppance, all interest is lost. This is definitely an episode not worth your time. I highly recommend you skip this episode and see better ones like "Living Doll," "Eye of the Beholder" and "Long Live Walter Jameson." This episode is awful!moreless

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    • (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 rolls of blues, with some effects that could happen only in The Twilight Zone.

    • 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?

    • Greg: Gerry, has it ever occurred to you that I'm very deeply in love with your wife?

    • (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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