The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T

Overview

Ted Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss, wrote and helped design this eccentric fantasy about a young boy named Bart Tommy Rettig who, like most young boys, doesn't enjoy his piano lessons with the mean-spirited Dr. Terwilliker Hans Conried. He figures his time would be better spent playing baseball with his friends or helping his grown-up buddy Arthur Zabladowski Peter Lind Hayes, a plumber. One night, while fast asleep, Bart has a long and remarkable dream in which he's trapped in the kingdom of the fearsome Dr. ...
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Overview

Ted Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss, wrote and helped design this eccentric fantasy about a young boy named Bart Tommy Rettig who, like most young boys, doesn't enjoy his piano lessons with the mean-spirited Dr. Terwilliker Hans Conried. He figures his time would be better spent playing baseball with his friends or helping his grown-up buddy Arthur Zabladowski Peter Lind Hayes, a plumber. One night, while fast asleep, Bart has a long and remarkable dream in which he's trapped in the kingdom of the fearsome Dr. T, who has enslaved hundreds of little boys, forcing them to practice on the world's largest piano until they drop. With the help of a friendly plumber, Bart plans a revolt that will topple Dr. T's evil empire once and for all. The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T also features several songs for which Geisel contributed lyrics.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Certainly not your standard issue 1950s-style musical, The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T has gained a substantial cult following in the decades since its release. This is due primarily to the contributions of Ted Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss, who wrote the imaginative screenplay and helped design the surrealistic look of the sets and costumes for the lengthy dream sequence that makes up the body of the film. The look, in particular, is impressive, from the Seuss-ian curves and spirals of the sets to the finger-beanies atop the boys' heads to the roller-skating twins connected by their shared beard. Less successful is the screenplay; while it has some delightful sequences, it's a bit disjointed, and its Freudian underpinnings are at times odd and jarring. The direction is fine, but it falls short of reaching the imaginative heights that the material requires. Tommy Rettig does a commendable job in the leading role, and Hans Conried makes a marvelously sly and slithery Dr. T. Mary Healy is fine as Mrs. Collins, but Peter Lind Hayes leaves something to be desired as the boy's father figure. Ultimately Dr. T disappoints by not living up to its potential, but it's a unique film that children especially will find rewarding.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/11/1996
  • UPC: 043396090163
  • Original Release: 1953
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  • Source: Sony Pictures
  • Presentation: Clam Shell
  • Format: VHS

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Peter Lind Hayes August Zabladowski
Mary Healy Mrs. Collins
Hans Conried Dr. Terwilliker
Tommy Rettig Bart Collins
John Heasley Uncle Whitney
Robert Heasley Uncle Judson
Noel Cravat Sgt. Lunk
Henry Kulky Stroogo
Technical Credits
Roy Rowland Director
Clem Beauchamp Production Manager
Clay Campbell Makeup
Al Clark Editor
Dr. Seuss Screenwriter
Seuss Source Author
Harry Gerstad Editor
Frederick Hollander Score Composer
William Kiernan Set Decoration/Design
Stanley Kramer Producer
Eugene Loring Choreography
Jean Louis Costumes/Costume Designer
Cary O'Dell Art Director
Franz Planer Cinematographer
Hans Salter Score Composer
Allan Scott Screenwriter
Rudolph Sternad Production Designer
Morris W. Stoloff Musical Direction/Supervision
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 16, 2001

    I have always loved this film

    I have always loved this film. Though it is a bit disconserting at times I still would watch it over and over again. The story origionally by Dr. Seuss is a bit off the path of what most people think of when they think Seuss. The costumes and scenary however is obviously influenced by his style of design. Not nessacerily for every child but at least worth a one time look for anyone who loves/loved to escape from everyday life to a wolrd of imagination.

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