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The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T. -- The imagination of a nine-year-old boy vividly comes to life in this fun-filled fantasy from Dr. Seuss.
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Director:
Writers:
Dr. Seuss (screenplay) &
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Release Date:
1 July 1953 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
The Wonder Musical of the Future!
Plot:
The bane of adolescent Bart Collins' existence is the piano lessons he is forced to take under the tutelage of Dr... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. See more »
User Reviews:
The most underrated film of all time See more (94 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Peter Lind Hayes ... August Zabladowski

Mary Healy ... Heloise Collins

Hans Conried ... Dr. Terwilliker

Tommy Rettig ... Bartholomew Collins
Jack Heasley ... Uncle Whitney (as John Heasley)
Robert Heasley ... Uncle Judson
Noel Cravat ... Sgt. Lunk
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

George Chakiris ... Dancer (as George Kerris)
Alan Aric ... Elevator Operator (uncredited)
Tony Butala ... Boy Pianist (uncredited)
Kim Charney ... Kim - Boy in Line (uncredited)
Luigi Faccuito ... Dancer in Dungeon Ballet (uncredited)
Henry Kulky ... Stroogo (uncredited)
Diki Lerner ... Dancer in Dungeon Ballet (uncredited)

Harry Wilson ... Guard / Doorman (uncredited)

Directed by
Roy Rowland 
 
Writing credits
Dr. Seuss (screenplay) &
Allan Scott (screenplay)

Dr. Seuss (story and conception)

Produced by
Stanley Kramer .... producer
 
Original Music by
Friedrich Hollaender  (as Frederick Hollander)
Heinz Roemheld (uncredited)
Hans J. Salter (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Franz Planer (director of photography) (as Frank Planer)
 
Film Editing by
Al Clark 
 
Production Design by
Rudolph Sternad 
 
Art Direction by
Cary Odell 
 
Set Decoration by
William Kiernan 
 
Makeup Department
Clay Campbell .... makeup artist
Helen Hunt .... hair stylist
Robert J. Schiffer .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Clem Beauchamp .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Frederick Briskin .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Russell Malmgren .... sound engineer
 
Stunts
Waldo .... stunt double (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Emil Oster .... camera operator (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jean Louis .... gowns: Miss Healy
 
Editorial Department
Harry W. Gerstad .... editorial supervisor (as Harry Gerstad)
 
Music Department
Morris Stoloff .... musical director
Victor Bay .... musician: violin (uncredited)
Gil Grau .... orchestrator (uncredited)
George Greeley .... musician: piano (uncredited)
Samuel Hoffman .... musician: theremin (uncredited)
Fred Karger .... musician: piano (uncredited)
Michael J. McDonald .... score remixer (uncredited)
Paul Mertz .... musician: piano (uncredited)
Arthur Morton .... musician: piano (uncredited)
Arthur Morton .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Edward Rebner .... musician: piano (uncredited)
Nelson Riddle .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Mario Silva .... musician: piano (uncredited)
Raymond Turner .... musician: piano (uncredited)
Robert Van Eps .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Robert Van Eps .... musician: piano (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Francis Cugat .... technicolor color consultant
Eugene Loring .... choreographer
 

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Runtime:
89 min
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
Certification:
Argentina:Atp | Australia:G | Finland:K-8 | USA:Approved (Certificate No. 15928) | USA:TV-PG (TV rating) | USA:G (certificate #34570) (1996)

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Trivia:
The extravagant dungeon ballet sequence was intended to be seen immediately preceding Bart's discovery of Zabladowski in the Terwilliker Institute, but when the movie was re-edited, this scene was pushed back later in the film.See more »
Goofs:
Audio/visual unsynchronized: It is clear in some scenes that Bart is not really playing the piano: sometimes he misplaces his fingers, sometimes he does not move his fingers correctly, sometimes he even fails to press down the keys.See more »
Quotes:
Dr. Terwilliker's Voice:Bartholomew Collins! The years you spend with Dr. Terwilliker, will be the happiest years of your life. But if you get homesick, don't try to escape. The barbed wire around the Terwilliker Institute... is ELECTRIFIED!
[echoes]
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Dressing Song: Do-Mi-Do DudsSee more »

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11 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
The most underrated film of all time, 15 April 2009
Author: XweAponX from United States

I saw this when I was about 5 years old and the images were burned into my brain. Images created by Dr. Seuss! I especially remember the Twilliker Institute, with it's electrified Barbed Wire Fence...

And the curved ladder into the sky... And all of he strange and wonderful musical instruments played by the prisoners in the dungeon. And the costumes that possibly inspired the makers of Star Trek, the hoods in this film look like the Original Klingons (Without the forehead makeup).

And the wonderful music and dancing and the insane lyrics written by Dr Seuss! Seeing this film at an early age definitely affected me... And it also made me afraid of music teachers. But it was not music teachers but Normality and Forced Peer Pressure I despised- The being told. HOW to dress, HOW to talk, HOW to walk, HOW to live! This film is, as Groucho Marx says: Is "Against That." What this film is for, is free musical expression, and free speech. This film teaches us, that not all people talk or look the same way. And the ever growing popularity of this film shows us a great deal about our societies: 30 years ago, freedom of expression was NOT encouraged, but now it is.

This film will forever be on the front lines of free speech, and it is probably one of the most important films ever made, due to the fact that a child can figure this out about the film, that it is about freedom.

And the biggest mistake regarding this film is by parents who insist that "This is a movie not intended for children" or that the film is not appropriate for children: I can say with 100% assurance that this is false, that I saw this film when I was a small child and I believe I benefited from the experience. This film should be shown to small children, but with discretion because some of the images can frighten a child: But because my parents were in the room I did not get frightened by the imagery.

The way this film is shown to a child can affect a child's creativity forever- And if the child is frightened, well then they can always watch it later. I was mortally afraid of Mr. Magoo cartoons until I was about 3 years old, the noise frightened me. But about 1 year after I was frightened by the introduction to a Mr. Magoo cartoon, I saw this, with my brother and parents, and we all loved it.

What is amazing was the almost 100% negative reaction to this film by the critics of the time, and we can thank whatever deities that they were 100% wrong.

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