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February 22 in Twilight Zone History: Remembering directors Bernard Girard and David Greene on the anniversary of their birth

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Steve Rubin
Feb 22, 2018

Today, February 22nd, This Day in Twilight Zone History and The Twilight Zone Encyclopedia remember two TZ directors on the anniversary of their birth: Bernard Girard (1918-1997) and David Greene (1921-2003).

Girard, a native of Los Angeles, directed one episode: "A Short Drink from a Certain Fountain," which starred Patrick O'Neal as an aging husband in pursuit of a youth serum to satisfy his young, saucy wife (Ruta Lee). Girard also regularly directed episodes of The Alfred Hitchcock Show.

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Native Angelino Bernard Girard brought his A game to the edgy episode "A Short Drink from a Certain Fountain."

David Greene, a Brit from Manchester, also directed one episode: "A Piano in the House," the cool revenge story about an acid-tongued theatre critic (Barry Morse) whose player piano gift to his wife (Joan Hackett) turns music into truth serum. Greene was a four-time Emmy winner, with a long television movie credit sheet, which included the remake of Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? (with the Redgrave sisters taking over for Bette Davis and Joan Crawford).

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Later a prolific TV movie director, British helmer David Greene brought a seasoned approach to the strange events depicted in "A Piano in the House."

The directors that Serling and producer Buck Houghton brought to the Zone were a unique group – many with solid live-television experience. They were used to working fast and efficiently, and their output was truly amazing.

So let's hoist one to two more puzzle pieces that fit nicely into the overall picture of a classic series we call The Twilight Zone.

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Abused wife Esther Fortune (Joan Hackett) is about to see the magical spell that a player piano casts over her truly nasty husband Fitzgerald (Barry Morse) in "A Piano in the House."

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