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Death by Whose Hands
Set nearly a hundred years back, this story is about a prosthetic surgeon's transplant of the hand of a prodigious musician to his competitor with disastrous repercussions.
Air Dates:
First Run - March 26, 1974
Repeat - June 16, 1974
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10 Responses to Episode 0063

Of course, good hands are not the only asset of a renowned pianist, and, some would argue, not even the most important. Good ear, and a good feel for music are important, too. Body parts being loyal to their original owner is a classic horror plot. Horror drama, body reanimation.

A story set in Austria during the 1800's where music is very important. A pianist makes his debut and will be very successful if not for the jealousy he creates. His friend/rival inherits his talent.

A musician has a chance to play another tune thus handing himself a future of somber tones.

This is a bizarre tale from Vienna in the early 1800's. Two concert pianists are rivals for the love of the same woman, and at the keys of the piano. An carriage accident early in the episode leaves one dead and the other with destroyed hands. A strange medical experiment makes one of them whole again, but not without consequences. This kind of late-night terror is what CBSRMT would be known for through the years.

Two pianists are returning from a concert debut together in Napoleanic France when one gets tired of the other’s gloating after his superior performance and he runs the cart off the road. The better, and more vain of the two suffers brain damage and dies, while the poorer pianist suffers severe damage to his hands. The father of the love interest of the better pianist is also a surgeon with a fierce love of music, and a great interest in contributing to the field in his own way. He proposes a grizzly solution to the survivor’s situation.

An interesting episode for sure. 3 stars.

An interesting episode. In particular, I noted how E.G. mentions that there was no pain killers for surgery at that time, but in the story they don't mention it at all - perhaps it was just an aside to give more gravitas to that point. I liked the idea that someone back then with worse equipment than we have now would be able to connect muscle tissue was well as nerves (although some of those could grow/connect on their own if I'm not misunderstanding). I also thought it interesting that there allegedly was little scar tissue after this surgery as well.

Concerning the third movement of the Moolight Sonata, she ought to have said, "I've never heard it played faster".

Does anyone know what piano music played at the opening of the radio-play is?

This story kept me on the edge of my seat... 5 star performance!

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