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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:
Nightmare for children, heaven for adults! 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  (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
 
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 (certificate #34570) (1996)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
When Bart first encountered his mother at the Terwilliker Institute, originally she sang a song called "Many Questions" in which she confessed that she doubted her ability to help him. The song was cut but the melody recurs throughout the instrumental score.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:
Bart Collins:See? Now do you believe me?
Mr. Zabladowski:We should always believe children. We should even believe their lies.
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Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
The Dungeon SongSee more »

44 out of 47 people found the following review useful.
Nightmare for children, heaven for adults!, 20 June 2004
Author: haddock from Germany

Of course this is not really a movie for children. The structure of the movie is similar to "Wizard of Oz", beginning with a child which seems to be frustrated with the real life and then dreaming into another world, full of magicians, witches, fabulous adventures and so on. But while "Wizard of Oz" is funny, the characters can simply be divided in "good" and "bad", the adventures can be understood - in "5,000 Fingers" the little boy enters a nightmare! Funny and helpful characters are emotional disturbing. A witch can be recognized as fabulous being, but a piano-teacher is close to real life, and Dr. T. is much more frightening than the evil witch from Oz! The decoration and especially the musical numbers are fantastic, think of the bearded twins on skaters! Fantastic! The psychology of the movie is excellent: A boy suffering from the lack of a father is afraid that his beloved mother is hypnotized by a strange man and will marry him. Certainly thousands of children at any time are fearing such a situation. Literature and cinema are full of this theme, think of "Alice in Wonderland", "Fanny and Alexander" and so on. Really interesting is the time at which this movie was made. During the 50s almost everything was nice and perfect, and here you have a nice and perfect Musical showing frightening, fear, the "other side" of everything. - Here in Germany I am desperately waiting for getting it on DVD or TV! This movie is quite unknown and perhaps unpopular for its content. But believe me: It's one of the "pearls" in movie history!

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