The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T


The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T

Infobox Film
name = The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T
imdb_id = 0045464


caption = Theatrical release poster
imdb_rating =
writer = Dr. Seuss, Allan Scott
starring = Tommy Rettig
Mary Healy
Hans Conried
Peter Lind Hayes
director = Roy Rowland
producer = Stanley Kramer
music = Frederick Hollander
distributor = Columbia Pictures
released = July 1, 1953
runtime = 92 min.
country = United States
language = English
awards =
budget

"The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T." is a 1953 musical fantasy film. It is best known for being the only feature film ever written by Theodor Seuss Geisel ("Dr. Seuss"), who was responsible for the story, screenplay, and lyrics. It was directed by Roy Rowland. The film was rereleased in 1958 under the title "Crazy Music".

Plot

The plot revolves around young Bart Collins, who lives with his widowed mother Heloise. The major blight on Bart's existence is the hated piano lessons he is forced to endure under the tutelage of the autocratic Dr. Terwilliker. Bart feels that his mother has fallen under Terwilliker's sinister influence, and gripes to visiting plumber August Zabladowski, without much result. While grimly hammering away at his lessons, Bart dozes off and enters a fantastical musical dream, in much the same fashion as "The Wizard of Oz".

In the dream, Bart is trapped at the surreal Terwilliker Institute, where the piano teacher is now a madman dictator who has locked up all non-piano-playing musicians in a dungeon and constructed a piano so large that it requires Bart and 499 other enslaved boys (the aforementioned 5,000 fingers) in order to play it. Bart's mother has been turned into Terwilliker's hypnotized assistant and bride-to-be, and Bart must dodge the Institute's guards (including the dungeon's singing elevator operator and a pair of roller-skating Siamese twins hooked together by their beards) as he scrambles to save both her and himself. He tries to recruit Mr. Zabladowski, who has been hired to install all of the Institute's sinks ahead of a vital inspection, but only after much skepticism and foot-dragging is the plumber finally convinced to help. The two of them empty their pockets and construct a noise-sucking contraption which ruins the mega-piano's opening concert. The enslaved boys cheerfully run riot, and the "VERY atomic" noise-sucker blows up in spectacular fashion, bringing Bart out of his dream.

The movie ends on a hopeful note for Bart, when the real-life Mr. Zabladowski finally notices Heloise, and offers to drive her into town in his jeep. Bart escapes from the piano, and triumphantly runs off to play.

Featured cast

Healy and Hayes were married in real life when they made the movie.

Musical Score

The film is almost entirely musical, with either background music or actual musical numbers (9 in all in just 89 minutes) Composed by Frederick Hollander (born Friedrich Hollaender) with lyrics by Dr Seuss, the score was nominated for an Academy Award in 1953. Along with standard orchestral instruments, the score also uses a theremin. A soundtrack CD was released by El in Association with Cherry Red Records Ltd (ACMEM126CD). In addition to the film's score the CD includes 11 songs that were not included in the film. They are

*"My Favorite Note" (Hans Conreid)
*"Oh! We Are the Guards" (The rollerskating Siamese Twins)
*"I Will Not Get Involved" Parts 1 and 2 (Peter Lind Hayes)
*"Grindstone" (Peter Lind Hayes)
*"Money" (Peter Lind Hayes)
*"Terwilliker" (Hans Conreid and Mary Healy)
*"I Will Not Go To Sleep" (Hans Conreid)
*"Many Questions" (Mary Healy)
* "One Moment Ago" (Chorus and Orchestral versions) Stills exist of Hayes and Healy singing this in a duet but the track is lost.

There was also an additional verse to the "Elevator Song" which was in the original release of the film, but edited out for the re-release and (brief) television runs of the film.

Influences on other works

*There is a Broadway musical in development with a new score by Glen Roven.
*The character of Bart Collins has been adopted in a UK anti-drugs advert. Promoting the service "Talk to Frank" - a drugs advice line. He appears in various locations asking questions such as "what do you use this vase for?" (about a bong), and "how long are you going to feel like "that" for?" (to a girl clearly on a comedown).
*"The Simpsons" villain Sideshow Bob, takes his last name "Terwilliger" from this film. [cite news|url=http://www.mtv.com/movies/news/articles/1565538/20070725/story.jhtml|title='Simpsons' Trivia, From Swearing Lisa To 'Burns-Sexual' Smithers|accessdate=2007-07-29|date=2007-07-26|author=Carroll, Larry|publisher=MTV] and the song performed by Mr Burns, See my Vest is clearly inspired by the song Do-Me-Doe Duds.

Notes

External links

*imdb title|id=0045464|title=The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T
*Tribute to the film http://hometown.aol.com/seivadj18/5000fingers.html
* [http://www.archive.org/details/5000_fingers_of_dr_t Original 1953 theatrical trailer for film]


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