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12th Feb '16 1:23:44 PM Prfnoff
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* 88 Keys in ''Film/DickTracy''.

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* In ''Film/DickTracy'', 88 Keys in ''Film/DickTracy''.is the piano player at the Club Ritz.
25th Jan '16 5:23:12 PM WillBGood
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* In ''{{Franchise/Anpanman}}'', there's a character named Piano Man, who is not only a piano player, but he also one as well!

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* In ''{{Franchise/Anpanman}}'', there's a character named Piano Man, who is not only a piano player, but he also one as well!player-- and a player piano.
31st Dec '15 8:05:04 PM Prfnoff
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* In Robert W. Service's poem ''The Shooting of Dan [=McGrew=]'' a stranger walks in and takes over for the piano player. His hypnotic performance drives the rest of the plot.
* Averted in ''Good Omens'', where the piano player turns out to have a Kalashnikov concealed in the piano.

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* In Robert W. Service's Creator/RobertWService's poem ''The Shooting of Dan [=McGrew=]'' a stranger walks in and takes over for the piano player. His hypnotic performance drives the rest of the plot.
* Averted in ''Good Omens'', ''Literature/GoodOmens'', where the piano player turns out to have a Kalashnikov concealed in the piano.



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* In ''The Unsinkable Molly Brown'', Molly finds work in Leadville as piano player of the Saddle Rock Saloon and Flophouse. She lies about knowing know how to play, and just manages to find one chord when the first customers come in. Her piano playing gets much better later.

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* In ''The Unsinkable Molly Brown'', ''Theatre/TheUnsinkableMollyBrown'', Molly finds work in Leadville as piano player of the Saddle Rock Saloon and Flophouse. She lies about knowing know how to play, and just manages to find one chord when the first customers come in. Her piano playing gets much better later.later.
* Parodied in ''Theatre/TheMusicMan'' with "Ethel Toffelmier, our fine player-piano player--piano." Apparently, River City doesn't have a real piano available for official functions; if it did, Marian would likely be able to play it.
11th Dec '15 12:11:48 PM StFan
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->''Over the piano was printed a notice: Please do not shoot the pianist. He is doing his best.''
-->-- '''OscarWilde''', ''Personal Impressions of America''

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->''Over the piano was printed a notice: Please "Please do not shoot the pianist. He is doing his best.''
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-->-- '''OscarWilde''', '''Creator/OscarWilde''', ''Personal Impressions of America''



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* ''ComicStrip/KnightsOfTheDinnerTable'': A run-in with the piano player in the saloon in Brian's ''Cattlepunk'' game ends with B.A.'s character having [[AssShove his gun placed in a very uncomfortable location]].



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* FrankSinatra had a blink-and-you'll-miss-him cameo as one in the 1956 film version of ''Literature/AroundTheWorldInEightyDays''.
* In BugsyMalone the piano player in Fat Sam's Grand Slam Speakeasy also sings two [[{{EarWorm}} very catchy songs]].

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* FrankSinatra There is a ''ComicStrip/DickTracy'' villain called 88 Keys, both in the comic strip and the Warren Beatty film.
* ''ComicStrip/TheFarSide'' often features piano players in [[TheWestern western]] gags. One particularly funny example combines this with LeftTheBackgroundMusicOn: A desperado appears at the doors of a saloon, and the banjo player nervously remarks to [[ThePianoPlayer the pianist]], "Bad guy coming in, Arnie! Minor key!"
* A George Booth cartoon for ''Magazine/TheNewYorker''
had an airline captain being interviewed on the tarmac in front of his plane: "Some nut shot the piano player, but that seemed to be unconnected to the hijacking."
* ''ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}}'':
** Snoopy will occasionally enter a bar and either make a request of the piano player, or begin playing piano himself in the cartoons.
** The recurring pianist is Schroeder. He does get lines (usually trading Lucy's flirtations for sarcasm), but in big crowd scenes he tends to stay in the background, hunched over his instrument.
* ''ComicStrip/KnightsOfTheDinnerTable'': A run-in with the piano player in the saloon in Brian's ''Cattlepunk'' game ends with B.A.'s character having [[AssShove his gun placed in a very uncomfortable location]].
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* There's a piano player in ''Disney/TheGreatMouseDetective'', and although the film is not a western, he certainly fits the trope.
* Captain Hook fills this role in the bar scenes of the ''WesternAnimation/{{Shrek}}'' sequels, perhaps as a shout-out to the AffablyEvil version in the Disney movie ''Disney/PeterPan'', or to the original book, where Hook is stated to be an accomplished harpsichord player, despite his disability. It's lampshaded in that, when sent with his men to capture Shrek and co. in the third film, they bring the piano along so he can provide music for the fight scene.
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* Creator/FrankSinatra has
a blink-and-you'll-miss-him cameo as one piano player in the 1956 film version of ''Literature/AroundTheWorldInEightyDays''.
* In BugsyMalone ''Film/BugsyMalone'', the piano player in Fat Sam's Grand Slam Speakeasy also sings two [[{{EarWorm}} [[EarWorm very catchy songs]].



* Songwriter PaulWilliams wrote the original music for ''Film/TheMuppetMovie''; he also had a {{cameo}} as the piano player at the "El Sleezo Cafe."
** In the dive bar/club, there's a sign next to the piano reading "Don't shoot, piano player."



* The main character in ''Shoot The Piano Player'', Creator/FrancoisTruffaut's second film. The story is about a former classical pianist now working in a dive bar who ends up hunted by criminals thanks to his brother. Unusual in that the focus is on the piano player as the main character, rather than as comedic relief.

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* The main character in ''Shoot The the Piano Player'', Creator/FrancoisTruffaut's second film. The story is about a former classical pianist now working in a dive bar who ends up hunted by criminals thanks to his brother. Unusual in that the focus is on the piano player as the main character, rather than as comedic relief.



* In the ''Series/DoctorWho'' serial "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS3E8TheGunfighters The Gunfighters]]", there's a subplot about the saloon trying to find a new piano player because their old one was shot last week. Eventually the Doctor's companions are forced to play at gunpoint.
-->'''Dodo:''' Do you know the song?
-->'''Steven:''' Lets hope the piano knows it!

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* In the ''Series/DoctorWho'' serial "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS3E8TheGunfighters The Gunfighters]]", [[Recap/DoctorWhoS3E8TheGunfighters "The Gunfighters"]], there's a subplot about the saloon trying to find a new piano player because their old one was shot last week. Eventually the Doctor's companions are forced to play at gunpoint.
-->'''Dodo:''' Do you know the song?
-->'''Steven:'''
song?\\
'''Steven:'''
Lets hope the piano knows it!



-->'''Rachel: BRAD!'''
-->''[He enters]''
-->'''Rachel:''' [[LampshadeHanging He's just always... around.]]

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-->'''Rachel: BRAD!'''
-->''[He enters]''
-->'''Rachel:'''
BRAD!'''\\
(''he enters'')\\
'''Rachel:'''
[[LampshadeHanging He's just always... around.]]



* One of [[Series/TheWildWildWest Artemus Gordon]]'s many, many, ''many'' disguises. Both the trope and the piano are well played, from white shirtsleeves and slicked hair to providing light accompaniment for a bar brawl.
* Skull reveals this talent in ''Series/PowerRangersZeo'' (surprising every member of the cast, ''especially'' Bulk). This is the important part of of the plot of the episode where the revelation is made, as King Mondo is fond of the "mysterious piano player's" music and tries to kidnap him.
* Technically, it's not a piano that Lurch plays in the ''Series/TheAddamsFamily'' (it's a harpsichord) but he still fills the role. (In fact, the iconic theme song is sung to harpsichord music, so he's likely the one playing it, espescially since he's shown performing during the opening credits.)

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* ''Series/TheWildWildWest'': One of [[Series/TheWildWildWest Artemus Gordon]]'s Gordon's many, many, ''many'' disguises. Both the trope and the piano are well played, from white shirtsleeves and slicked hair to providing light accompaniment for a bar brawl.
* Skull reveals this talent in ''Series/PowerRangersZeo'' (surprising every member of the cast, ''especially'' Bulk). This is the important part of of the plot of the episode where the revelation is made, as King Mondo is fond of the "mysterious piano player's" music and tries to kidnap him.
* Technically, it's not a piano that Lurch plays in the ''Series/TheAddamsFamily'' (it's a harpsichord) but he still fills the role. (In fact, the iconic theme song is sung to harpsichord music, so he's likely the one playing it, espescially especially since he's shown performing during the opening credits.)



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* There was a ''ComicStrip/DickTracy'' villain called 88 Keys, both in the comic strip and the Warren Beatty film.
* TheFarSide often features piano players in [[TheWestern western]] gags. One particularly funny example combines this with LeftTheBackgroundMusicOn: A desperado appears at the doors of a saloon, and the banjo player nervously remarks to [[ThePianoPlayer the pianist]], "Bad guy coming in, Arnie! Minor key!"
* A George Booth cartoon for ''Magazine/TheNewYorker'' had an airline captain being interviewed on the tarmac in front of his plane: "Some nut shot the piano player, but that seemed to be unconnected to the hijacking."
* Snoopy will occasionally enter a bar and either make a request of the piano player, or begin playing piano himself in the {{Peanuts}} cartoons.
** The recurring pianist in ''Peanuts'' is Schroeder. He does get lines (usually trading Lucy's flirtations for sarcasm), but in big crowd scenes he tends to stay in the background, hunched over his instrument.
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[[folder:Newspaper Comics]]
* There was a ''ComicStrip/DickTracy'' villain called 88 Keys, both in the comic strip and the Warren Beatty film.
* TheFarSide often features piano players in [[TheWestern western]] gags. One particularly funny example combines this with LeftTheBackgroundMusicOn: A desperado appears at the doors of a saloon, and the banjo player nervously remarks to [[ThePianoPlayer the pianist]], "Bad guy coming in, Arnie! Minor key!"
* A George Booth cartoon for ''Magazine/TheNewYorker'' had an airline captain being interviewed on the tarmac in front of his plane: "Some nut shot the piano player, but that seemed to be unconnected to the hijacking."
* Snoopy will occasionally enter a bar and either make a request of the piano player, or begin playing piano himself in the {{Peanuts}} cartoons.
** The recurring pianist in ''Peanuts'' is Schroeder. He does get lines (usually trading Lucy's flirtations for sarcasm), but in big crowd scenes he tends to stay in the background, hunched over his instrument.
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* Songwriter Music/PaulWilliams wrote the original music for ''Film/TheMuppetMovie''; he also had a {{cameo}} as the piano player at the "El Sleezo Cafe." In the dive bar/club, there's a sign next to the piano reading "Don't shoot, piano player."



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* ''FreddyPharkasFrontierPharmacist'' has a piano player called Neville Shute.
--> "You know, Neville Shute, the piano player... he's only doing his job."
* In ''SnoopyFlyingAce'', Schroeder gets this role in a traditional sense, playing in a bar while the other characters discuss things with one another and bartender Linus (the game being a loving parody of/homage to old war movies).

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* ''FreddyPharkasFrontierPharmacist'' ''VideoGame/FreddyPharkasFrontierPharmacist'' has a piano player called Neville Shute.
--> "You -->"You know, Neville Shute, the piano player... he's only doing his job."
* In ''SnoopyFlyingAce'', ''VideoGame/SnoopyFlyingAce'', Schroeder gets this role in a traditional sense, playing in a bar while the other characters discuss things with one another and bartender Linus (the game being a loving parody of/homage to old war movies).



* There's a piano player in ''Disney/TheGreatMouseDetective'', and although the film is not a western, he certainly fits the trope.
* Player pianos, the paper-roll automatic version, is used in ScoobyDoo for their "ghost player" effect.
* Captain Hook fills this role in the bar scenes of the ''WesternAnimation/{{Shrek}}'' sequels, perhaps as a shout out to the AffablyEvil version in the Disney movie ''Disney/PeterPan'', or to the original book, where Hook is stated to be an accomplished harpsichord player, despite his disabilty. It's lampshaded in that, when sent with his men to capture Shrek and co. in the third film, they bring the piano along so he can provide music for the fight scene.
* ''TheSimpsons'':

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* There's a piano player in ''Disney/TheGreatMouseDetective'', and although the film is not a western, he certainly fits the trope.
* Player pianos, the paper-roll automatic version, is used in ScoobyDoo ''Franchise/ScoobyDoo'' for their "ghost player" effect.
* Captain Hook fills this role in the bar scenes of the ''WesternAnimation/{{Shrek}}'' sequels, perhaps as a shout out to the AffablyEvil version in the Disney movie ''Disney/PeterPan'', or to the original book, where Hook is stated to be an accomplished harpsichord player, despite his disabilty. It's lampshaded in that, when sent with his men to capture Shrek and co. in the third film, they bring the piano along so he can provide music for the fight scene.
* ''TheSimpsons'':
''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':



** A [[HalloweenEpisode Treehouse of Horror]] episode, which features zombie Billy The Kid demanding Homer play the "piany", and getting angry when Homer starts playing classical music.
---> "Not pian''o''! Pian''y''!"
*** This similarly happens again in a later episode where Homer is ordered at bullwhip to play the piano where he plays it badly before being whipped once and then playing very well (Homer has in fact been shown over the years to be quite the talented piano player, even writing his own sheet music making it one of his many WeakButSkilled abilites).

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** A [[HalloweenEpisode Treehouse of Horror]] episode, which features zombie Billy The the Kid demanding Homer play the "piany", and getting angry when Homer starts playing classical music.
---> "Not --->'''Billy the Kid:''' Not pian''o''! Pian''y''!"
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Pian''y''!
**
This similarly happens again in a later episode episode, where Homer is ordered at bullwhip to play the piano where he piano. He plays it badly at first, before being whipped once and then playing very well well. (Homer has in fact been shown over the years to be quite the talented piano player, even writing his own sheet music music, making it one of his many WeakButSkilled abilites).abilities.)



31st Jul '15 3:24:07 PM phoenix
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* ''Film/ThePianist'' features a rare instance of the trope being PlayedForDrama, and BasedOnATrueStory to boot. Classical concert pianist Władysław Szpilman is forced to take cheap gigs in bars and restaurants when [[NaziGermany the Nazis]] take over Poland, since they didn't allow Jews to be in the arts. (Then it goes FromBadToWorse. [[WorldWarII Much, much worse]]).

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* ''Film/ThePianist'' features a rare instance of the trope being PlayedForDrama, and BasedOnATrueStory to boot. Classical concert pianist Władysław Szpilman is forced to take cheap gigs in bars and restaurants when [[NaziGermany [[UsefulNotes/NaziGermany the Nazis]] take over Poland, since they didn't allow Jews to be in the arts. (Then it goes FromBadToWorse. [[WorldWarII Much, much worse]]).
9th Jul '15 12:39:48 PM DaibhidC
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* Rowlf likewise serves as narrator and pianist in ''Film/DogCity'', at one point putting his piano in a cart so he can play the music for the CarChase.
* In ''Film/TheMuppetMovie'', Rowlf plays piano at the Terrance Restaurant, however better fitting the trope is the pianist at El Sleezo Cafe, played by Music/PaulWilliams, who has a sign on his piano saying "[[Music/EltonJohn Don't shoot, I'm only the piano player]]!"

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* Rowlf likewise serves as narrator and pianist in ''Film/DogCity'', the original special of ''WesternAnimation/DogCity'', at one point putting his piano in a cart so he can play the music for the CarChase.
* In ''Film/TheMuppetMovie'', Rowlf plays piano at the Terrance Restaurant, however better fitting the trope is the pianist at El Sleezo Cafe, played by Music/PaulWilliams, who has a sign on his piano saying "[[Music/EltonJohn Don't shoot, I'm only the piano player]]!"
CarChase.
9th Jul '15 12:31:09 PM DaibhidC
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* In the cowboy sketch on the first episode of ''Series/TheMuppetShow'', the piano player is, of course, Rowlf, who also acts as the sketch's narrator.
* Rowlf likewise serves as narrator and pianist in ''Film/DogCity'', at one point putting his piano in a cart so he can play the music for the CarChase.
* In ''Film/TheMuppetMovie'', Rowlf plays piano at the Terrance Restaurant, however better fitting the trope is the pianist at El Sleezo Cafe, played by Music/PaulWilliams, who has a sign on his piano saying "[[Music/EltonJohn Don't shoot, I'm only the piano player]]!"
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2nd Jun '15 5:11:51 AM LongLiveHumour
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* A ''LuckyLuke'' story had Luke become friends with one of these, who had ambitions of one day playing at Symphony Hall. He finally gets his chance but on the day of his performance he gets stage fright and freezes completely. Luke correctly guesses he's used to playing in bars with perpetual brawls going on so he ''barges in on Jolly Jumper and starts firing into the air'' causing the room to descend to utter chaos...and the player to get over his stage fright and start playing. They throw him out, of course, but he managed to live his dream.

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* A ''LuckyLuke'' ''ComicBook/LuckyLuke'' story had Luke become friends with one of these, who had ambitions of one day playing at Symphony Hall. He finally gets his chance but on the day of his performance he gets stage fright and freezes completely. Luke correctly guesses he's used to playing in bars with perpetual brawls going on so he ''barges in on Jolly Jumper and starts firing into the air'' causing the room to descend to utter chaos... and the player to get over his stage fright and start playing. They throw him out, of course, but he managed to live his dream.
1st Jun '15 4:38:17 PM deathmaster87
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* The main character in ''Film/ShootThePianoPlayer'', directed by Creator/FrancoisTruffaut. The story is about a former classical pianist now working in a dive bar who gets involved in crime. Unusual in that the focus is on the piano player as the main character rather than comedic relief.

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* The main character in ''Film/ShootThePianoPlayer'', directed by Creator/FrancoisTruffaut. ''Shoot The Piano Player'', Creator/FrancoisTruffaut's second film. The story is about a former classical pianist now working in a dive bar who gets involved in crime. ends up hunted by criminals thanks to his brother. Unusual in that the focus is on the piano player as the main character character, rather than as comedic relief.
10th May '15 10:48:50 PM nombretomado
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* Brad from ''{{Glee}}'', who has [[TheVoiceless never spoken]] and tends to spontaneously appear whenever needed.

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* Brad from ''{{Glee}}'', ''Series/{{Glee}}'', who has [[TheVoiceless never spoken]] and tends to spontaneously appear whenever needed.
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