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