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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 »
Genre:
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 »
Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. See more »
User Reviews:
It will leave you feeling rather uncomfortable See more (92 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)
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  (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 styles
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
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jean Louis .... gowns: Miss Healy
 
Editorial Department
Harry W. Gerstad .... editorial supervisor (as Harry Gerstad)
 
Music Department
Michael J. McDonald .... score remixer
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)
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 (1996)

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Trivia:
According to producer Stanley Kramer, the film's budget would only allow him to hire 150 boys for the piano sequence, instead of the 500 boys he intended to use. When he threatened them with dismissal after they misbehaved, many of them stood up and cheered.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: In the first scene in the Tewilliger institute, Dr. T. buttons his jacket closed after putting his baton away. Immediately after in the long shot, his jacket is open, then in a closer shot, it's buttoned again.See more »
Quotes:
Bart Collins:Well, that's my problem. Dr. Terwilliker's the only enemy I've got. I can't think of one nice thing to say about him, because there isn't any!
Mrs. Collins:[calling from the kitchen] Bart, darling!
Bart Collins:That's my mother. I like her. I try to be everything she wants me to be, particularly since my father died. But boy, she's as hipped on the piano as Dr. Terwilliker - watch!
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in In Search of Dr. Seuss (1994) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
The Dungeon SongSee more »

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36 out of 41 people found the following review useful.
It will leave you feeling rather uncomfortable, 3 January 2005
Author: bteigen from Nashotah, Wisconsin

This movie is one of the most bizarre and random films I have ever seen. It combines a mind-boggling storyline (a kid dreams he's trapped in a castle ruled by his satanic piano teacher who is setting up a piano camp for 500 players), intriguing characters (the heroic, down-to-earth plumber, the helpless, beautiful, damsel/mother in distress, the all-American kid on the block, and the disturbing, foppish, freak of a villain, Dr. Terwilliker) weird costumes and sets, and the most outrageous songs ever conceived. Among my favorites are the "Doe-me-doe" dress up song, "The Dungeon Song," and "We are Victorious!" Any orchestra geek will get a kick out of the dungeon ballet. This is a terrific film to scare your friends or corrupt your children. I highly recommend it to anyone with an unbalanced imagination.

Also recommended: The Brave Little Toaster, Time Bandits, Happily Ever After: a Snow White Tale, The Never Ending Story, Nightmare Before Christmas and Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.

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