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I'm always looking at pianos in movies and TV shows to see what brands they are, and it's traditionally been rare to catch a brand name. But I've seen two recently!

In an episode of "Only Murders in the building" I spotted a Story & Clark in Charlie's apartment. I didn't note the episode, but I think it was 2nd or 3rd from the end of the 1st season.

My daughters were watching "Pitch Perfect" this afternoon, and I saw a Mason & Hamlin in the audition scene.


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Casablanca. Sam's piano?


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The piano in Casablanca is a Tom Thumb piano, which I believe were made by Kohler & Campbell, but sold under many names.


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I saw a piano in a movie recently... I CANT REMEMBER!

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Originally Posted by Retsacnal
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The piano in Casablanca is a Tom Thumb piano, which I believe were made by Kohler & Campbell, but sold under many names.

A good thread. One post said, "The hilarious and gifted Victor Borge used a Bosendorfer whenever possible". Cross threading, that's why Bosendorfers are well known in Denmark?


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Originally Posted by Withindale
One post said, "The hilarious and gifted Victor Borge used a Bosendorfer whenever possible".

That's probably just because it's such a funny looking word to see and say.


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Originally Posted by Withindale
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Originally Posted by BDB
The piano in Casablanca is a Tom Thumb piano, which I believe were made by Kohler & Campbell, but sold under many names.

A good thread.


Yeah, I should have just revived that thread!


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Spotted in episode 2 of series 2 of "Endeavour" (the prequel to "Morse", the Oxford detective). An early Broadwood.

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Originally Posted by David-G
Spotted in episode 2 of series 2 of "Endeavour" (the prequel to "Morse", the Oxford detective). An early Broadwood.


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Incidentally this episode of Endeavour concerned murders in a girls' school; there were flashbacks to dark and dreadful deeds in the same house 100 years earlier. Hence the costume in this snapshot - and why a 19th century piano was required.

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In the movie "The Afternath" a lovely Steinway grand is seen and played (probably that one) in a beautiful house owned by a wealthy German.The house was billeted by an allied officer.Keira Knightley is the officers wife who has traveled from England to join her husband during a recent post war Germany.(still quite dangerous) There is also the German's
young daughter who has her own problems.(worth seeing, I think)

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Originally Posted by David-G
Incidentally this episode of Endeavour concerned murders in a girls' school; there were flashbacks to dark and dreadful deeds in the same house 100 years earlier. Hence the costume in this snapshot - and why a 19th century piano was required.
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In the movie "The Afternath" a lovely Steinway grand is seen and played (probably that one) in a beautiful house owned by a wealthy German.The house was billeted by an allied officer.Keira Knightley is the officers wife who has traveled from England to join her husband during a recent post war Germany.(still quite dangerous) There is also the German's
young daughter who has her own problems.(worth seeing, I think)


These two both sound interesting!


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Most of my tv watching is British murder mystery series. Go figure. In a fairly recent one (The Chelsea Detective), the first scene of Season 1 Episode 1 introduces us to the detective by showing him at his digital piano, picking out a melody (which happens to be the musical theme of the show), while he is waiting for his coffee to brew. He lives in a houseboat (after separating from his wife). His coffee burns while he is thinking the ivories. The piano makes several appearances in the season.

It’s a slab DP. I can’t tell anything else about the piano. But he never seems to play it with headphones! Apparently the boat neighbors don’t mind. The piano is definitely important to the character, and I enjoyed seeing it as more than part of the scenery. I’m curious about the reasoning for making this a part of his character…. Is it just a nod to the musical instruments that were associated with classic fictional detectives (like Sherlock Holmes and his violin)? Or does one of the writers have an affinity for piano?

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Originally Posted by Sgisela
The piano is definitely important to the character, and I enjoyed seeing it as more than part of the scenery. I’m curious about the reasoning for making this a part of his character…. Is it just a nod to the musical instruments that were associated with classic fictional detectives (like Sherlock Holmes and his violin)? Or does one of the writers have an affinity for piano?

Yeah, the piano isn't usually featured so prominently. Even keyboards.


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Speaking of keyboards...

We did a lot of walking in the last several days, but when we'd crash back at the hotel my daughters left the TV on a channel that seemed to play nothing but Friends episodes. One story arc features Ross and his keyboard from college. It's funny, and a great retrospective into his character. But I'm not sure that I like to see pianos or keyboards used as jokes.


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Not surprisingly...someone has made a website devoted to this. It's called Product Placement Blog. Apparently Fazioli was featured in the "Fifty Shades of Grey" movies (never watched them). Bosendorfer in at least a couple TV shows I've never heard of (including this one, "Pieces of Her").

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There's also this one..."Grand Piano" starring Elijah Wood. A psychological thriller. "One wrong note and you die." Featuring Bosendorfer. I might have to check it out. Sounds fun.

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Apparently the S&S in Frazier's apartment on the Frazier show was a product placement (according to some past threads).


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Originally Posted by probably blue
I saw a piano in a movie recently... I CANT REMEMBER!
I saw a Kawai piano in a movie a while ago,.also cannot remember? For those who watched the Twilight Zone there was this one.
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The Fabulous Baker Boys's had a Baldwin piano in the movie.

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