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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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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 »
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A little boy battles an evil piano teacher out to rule the world. 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 (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:
When Bart and Mr. Zadlabowski are taken to the dungeon via elevator, there is no reference to a third floor dungeon by the Elevator Operator. The third stanza of the Elevator Operator's song was cut due to increasingly horrific lyrics referring to "household appliances". The complete deleted stanza went as follows: "Third floor dungeon/Household appliances/Spiked beds/Electric chairs/Gas chambers/ /Roasting pots/And scalping devices." (The reference to "gas chambers" was probably regarded as in bad taste since the film was made so soon after World War II and the Holocaust.)See more »
Goofs:
Audio/visual unsynchronized: Throughout the whole of the instrumental scene, with the various performers, there are so many continuity, revealing and a/v mismatch goofs that it would be impossible to record them all.See more »
Quotes:
Stroogo:Now I don't recollect your features, do I?
Bart Collins:No...
Stroogo:[looks in his book] You a piccolo player?
Bart Collins:No.
Stroogo:Trombone player?
Bart Collins:No.
Stroogo:Violin player?
Bart Collins:No, a... piano player.
Stroogo:[shuts his book] Then you have no right in this particular dungeon! This is reserved exclusive for non-piano players!
Bart Collins:Non-piano players?
[...]
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in "Psych: Cog Blocked (#8.5)" (2014)See more »
Soundtrack:
Dressing Song: Do-Mi-Do DudsSee more »

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14 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
A little boy battles an evil piano teacher out to rule the world., 10 December 2005
Author: Deusvolt from United States

An alienated boy misunderstood by his parents at home rebels against an exacting piano teacher whom he finds out has a sinister plot to rule the world.

I remember it best for its plaintive song "You Have No Right to Push Us Kids Around" later revived by Jerry Lewis in his TV appearances. The song is a cry about the angst of childhood. Part of the lyrics goes something like this: "Just because you have hair on your chest doesn't mean you're the best. Just because you have stayed longer on this planet doesn't mean you own it. You have no right to push us kids around just because we're closer to the ground." Under the megalomaniac piano teacher's plan, all children would be condemned to an eternity of piano practice trying to catch up with the ever increasing beat of a metronome. Spectacular "blow up" endings such as in James Bond movies satirized by Don Adams (Maxwell Smart) or even Mike Myers (Austin Powers) must have taken inspiration from this very early attempt at such.

Much belatedly did I find out that this story is by the revered "Dr." Seuss (he is not a real doctor you know) famous for witty, whimsical stories written in cute rhyming verses about outlandish animals (Green Eggs and Ham, Cat in a Hat)but praised by educators for their effectiveness in getting children to read. Seuss deserves Ph.Ds in education, psychology and literature even posthumously.

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