5000 Fingers of Dr. T

Series: Family Pictures

Family Pictures series bring you a 35mm print of Dr. Seuss’s The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T.

Young Bart Collins (Tommy Rettig) lives with his widowed mother Heloise (Mary Healy). The blight of Bart’s existence are the hated piano lessons he endures under the tutelage of the autocratic Dr. Terwilliker (Hans Conried). Bart feels that his mother has fallen under Terwilliker’s influence, and gripes to plumber August Zabladowski (Peter Lind Hayes), without result. While begrudgingly practicing,  Bart dozes off and enters a musical dream world where non-piano playing musicians are imprisoned, his mother is going to marry Dr. Terwilliker, and 500 boys will be forced to play an impossibly long piano.

The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T is Dr. Suess’s only feature film writing credit. Not only did he write the screenplay and the lyrics to the songs, but he also designed the sets.


Sunday, May 25