Tales from the Darkside (1983–1988)
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The Satanic Piano 

Struggling composer Pete Bancroft is contacted by strange Wilson Farber, who has invented a synthesizer that can read minds and may be able to help Bancroft in his career.

Director:

John Harrison

Writers:

John Harrison (teleplay), Carl Jacobi (story)
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Cast

Episode cast overview:
Michael Warren ... Pete Bancroft
Lisa Bonet ... Justine
Philip Roth Philip Roth ... Wilson Farber (as Phil Roth)
Felice Orlandi ... Tony
Paul Sparer Paul Sparer ... Narrator (voice)
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Struggling composer Pete Bancroft is contacted by strange Wilson Farber, who has invented a synthesizer that can read minds and may be able to help Bancroft in his career.

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Certificate:

TV-14

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 November 1985 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Soundtracks

Tales from the Darkside Theme
Composed by Donald Rubinstein
Written by Erica Lindsay
Co-written by Donald Rubinstein
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The Devil plays his own music, with intentions of soul stealing! Creepy and spooky episode.
19 March 2010 | by blanbrnSee all my reviews

This "TFTD" episode titled "The Satanic Piano" isn't one of the stronger episodes entertainment wise, still it's theme and plot is pretty spooky and creepy. It centers around an aging past his prime piano recording artist Pete who's in the twilight of his work. Therefore he has problems securing a new deal with his agent his touch and tunes just seem out of date. His only inspiration comes from his daughter(Lisa Bonet from the 80's hit "The Cosby Show")who wants to perhaps start her own piano playing life. Then by luck or should I say unlucky luck Pete receives a call from a mysterious man who offers him a special instrument. Pete checks it out it's a fabulous piano that plays all of his favorite award winning tunes, so now he can get back in the game. Only everything comes at a price especially when the dealer is the devil. The piano was only a subplot to get to the soul of Pete and his special daughter, only that plan is rightfully put to a flame out only a limb of Pete's is lost doing so. Overall decent episode that's heavy on spooks and it has a horror creepy feel since it deals with the devil and soul taking, still it's not one of my favorites for the fact that it didn't entertain like many other episodes of the series.


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