Dr. Seuss: The 5000 Fingers of Dr T

May 7, 2007

If you’ve never seen Dr. Seuss’s “The 5000 Fingers of Dr T” you have an amazing treat waiting for you. It’s a movie you can see over and over and still be amazed at how bizarre it is. That being said, the movie is amazing art. The sets, costumes, music, and the story are all incredible. There are not too many clips available to show you from the YouTube library, but here are two that will make my point. In the first scene, our hero, Bart Collins (Tommy Rettig, famous for 105 episodes as Lassie’s bud), is being escorted to the dungeon by Dr. T (Hans Conried). Look at the elevator man’s costume (I don’t know what else to call it). The black gumdrop helmet is hilarious. The music (Frederick Hollander, Nelson Riddle, and a few others) is excellent and serves as a great example of the “Mickey Mousing” technique of film scoring, as the music apes the action throughout. This cue reminds me a bit of Mussorgsky. There are several tasty scenes where the Theremin makes a guest appearance (played by the famous, but uncredited Dr Samuel Hoffman, Hollywood’s first call thereminist).

In this world, anyone who is NOT a piano player is thrown into the dungeon. Here is what that dungeon is like. (And yes, it is a very GAY dungeon, fer sure.)

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