The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T. ()

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A young boy travels to an imaginary world where, assisted by his family's plumber, he must save other piano playing kids like himself from the dungeons of his dictatorial piano teacher who... See more »


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August Zabladowski
Heloise Collins
Dr. Terwilliker
Bartholomew Collins
Jack Heasley ...
Uncle Whitney (as John Heasley)
Robert Heasley ...
Uncle Judson
Noel Cravat ...
Sgt. Lunk
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
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)
Guard / Doorman (uncredited)

Directed by

Roy Rowland

Written by

Dr. Seuss ... (screenplay) &
Allan Scott ... (screenplay)
Dr. Seuss ... (story and conception)

Produced by

Stanley Kramer ... producer

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

Editorial Department

Harry Gerstad ... editorial supervisor

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

Art Department

Dr. Seuss ... conceptual designer (uncredited)

Sound Department

Russell Malmgren ... sound engineer


Waldo ... stunt double (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

Emil Oster ... camera operator (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

Jean Louis ... gowns: Miss Healy

Music Department

Dr. Seuss ... lyrics
Morris Stoloff ... musical director
Victor Bay ... musician: violin (uncredited)
Tony Butala ... singing voice: Bartholomew (uncredited)
Gil Grau ... orchestrator (uncredited)
George Greeley ... musician: piano (uncredited)
Samuel Hoffman ... musician: theremin (uncredited)
Fred Karger ... musician: piano (uncredited)
William Lava ... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Michael J. McDonald ... score remixer (uncredited)
Paul Mertz ... musician: piano (uncredited)
Arthur Morton ... musician: piano (uncredited) / orchestrator (uncredited)
Eugene Poddany ... composer: additional music (uncredited) / musician: piano (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) / musician: piano (uncredited)

Other crew

Francis Cugat ... technicolor color consultant
Eugene Loring ... choreographer

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Plot Summary

The bane of adolescent Bart Collins' existence is the piano lessons he is forced to take under the tutelage of Dr. Terwilliker, the only person he admits he detests because of his dictatorial nature. Bart feels Dr. Terwilliker has undue influence for these lessons on his widowed mother, Heloise Collins. The one person who sympathizes with Bart, although quietly on the sidelines, is the Collins' plumber, August Zabladowski. Bart hates his life associated with the piano so much he often daydreams when he practices and even during his lessons. His latest dream has him imprisoned in the fantastical Terwilliker Institute in the day before its grand opening. Terwilliker's second in command at the Institute is his mother, although she has been hypnotized into her position, which will also soon be as Mrs. Dr. Terwilliker. Bart tries to convince Mr. Zabladowski, who is there to install the Institute's plumbing, to save his mother and himself from Terwilliker. Bart also hopes that Zabladowski will become his father instead of Dr. Terwilliker. But Bart wants more than anything to ruin the Institute's grand opening, which has at its core Bart and 499 other boys like him playing one large piano simultaneously to a tune composed and directed by the evil Dr. T. Written by Huggo

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Taglines The new kind of entertainment that's got everything including the kitchen sink - and it's got 500 of those! See more »
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Also Known As
  • The Five-Thousand Fingers of Dr. T. (United States)
  • Les 5000 doigts du Dr. T (France)
  • Los 5.000 dedos del Dr. T (Spain)
  • Les cinq mille doigts du docteur T. (Belgium, French title)
  • Cele 5,000 de degete ale Doctorului T. (Romania)
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  • 89 min
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Budget $1,600,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

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 Various times through the movie, Heloise Collins's pink scarf alternates from her shoulder/arm, changing positions occasionally. See more »
Movie Connections Edited into TNT 100% Weird (1992). See more »
Soundtracks Dream Stuff See more »
Quotes Elevator operator: [Dungeon elevator song] First floor dungeon/Assorted simple tortures/Molten lead, chopping blocks and hot boiling oil/Second floor dungeon/Jewelry department/Leg chains, ankle chains, neck chains, wrist chains, thumbscrews and nooses of the very finest rope/Basement dungeon/EVERYBODY OUT!
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