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The 5000 Fingers of Dr. T

Friday the 2nd of March

It's Kevin's and Dr. Seuss' Birthday!!!

USA: 1953 -- Directed by Roy Rowland

Starring Peter Lind Hayes and Hans Conried

"The Wonder Musical of the Future!" - original tagline

The only live-action Dr. Seuss movie for nearly a half-century, this delightful musical comedy is a treat--something for kids who thought they have seen everything. Young Bart (Tommy Rettig of TV's Lassie) detests his piano lessons with the fanatical Dr. Terwilliker (Hans Conried). As with Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz, Bart falls into a dream world in which the piano teacher--renamed Dr. T--is ruler and children are hunted down to have piano lessons. Worse yet, Dr. T has magical control over Bart's mom (Mary Healy). The Oscar-nominated songs are uneven but the art direction is superb, creating a truly magical world (and the world's longest piano). Dr. Seuss's love for language stays intact. Many kids of the 1950s might remember Bart's five-fingered beanie, which was a top seller. Great fun for kids ofg all ages! --Doug Thomas

Hope to see you there. I'll save you an aisle seat and a whooping pontoozler!

Bart: I don't think the piano is my instrument.
Dr. Terwilliker: What other instruments are there, pray tell?
Scratchy violins, screechy piccolos, nauseating trumpets, et cetera, et cetera?


Nominated for Oscar for Best Music, Scoring of a Musical Picture (Frederick Hollander and Morris Stoloff)

Memorable Quotes

Doctor Terwilliker: Is it atomic?
Bart Collins: Yes sir, VERY atomic!

Mrs. Collins: The work for the happy finger method must go on.

Bart Collins: See? Now do you believe me?
August Zabladowski: We should always believe children. We should even believe their lies.


Look for West Side Story's George Chakaris as a dancer.


Goofs?! In a Seussian surrealistic fantasy movie?! Please!

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