Movies 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T., The (1953, Tommy Rettig, Hans Conreid) Published 7 months ago on October 23, 2018 A rare chance to see a unique cinematic oddity – a live action musical based on an idea by one of the world’s most famous writers of nonsensical children’s books, Dr Seuss (real name Ted Geisel). Although his works have been animated for television for decades, this was the first time his visions were committed to screen live and the result is totally fascinating. TOMMY RETTIG is Bart, who’d rather be out playing baseball than learning piano scales under the stern eye of Dr Terwilliker (HANS CONRIED). But, being a dutiful boy, he obeys his widowed mother (MARY HEALY) who wants him to succeed in life even though local plumber PETER LIND HAYES (who has a crush on Healy) thinks he should be running free. But Bart also dreams… He is one of 500 boys held captive by Terwilliker who is training them to play at a massive piano in unison – only Bart and the plumber (who, of course, also appears in his dream) can rescue them along with his hypnotised mother, Terwilliker’s slave. Musical numbers include The Kid’s Song by Bart, rebelling against adult domination, and Dungeon Elevator but the highlight is the dance sequence in the dungeon where those who preferred other instruments to the piano are held captive but show their spirit with a musical number played on their favourite instruments fashioned from odds and ends. The sets, by Rudolph Sternad, are out of Seuss’ books via Busby Berkeley and the film also has some fascinating Freudian overtones – at one point, Bart tries to escape by climbing a ladder that goes on and on and on – and then ends in mid-air. Absolutely strange (it has a huge camp following) and totally unmissable. production details USA | 89 minutes | 1953 Director: Roy Rowland Writers: Dr Seuss (Ted Geisel), Allan Scott cast Tommy Rettig as Bartholomew Collins Mary Healy as Heloise Collins Hans Conried as Dr. Terwilliker Peter Lind Hayes as August Zabladowski Noel Cravat as Sgt. Lunk Robert Heasley as Uncle Judson Jack Heasley as Uncle Whitney (as John Heasley) Tony Butala as Boy Pianist (uncredited) Henry Kulky as Stroogo (uncredited) Alan Aric as Elevator Operator (uncredited) Alan AricDr. SeussFamilyFantasyHans ConriedHenry KulkyJack HeasleyMary HealyMusicNoel CravatPeter Lind HayesRobert HeasleyRoy RowlandTommy RettigTony Butala Advertisement advertisement and this just in TV15 hours ago This Is Personal: The Hunt for the Yorkshire Ripper (ITV 2000, Alun Armstrong, Richard Ridings) Period crime drama serial. The story behind Assistant Chief Constable George Oldfield’s tracking down of the evil incarnate that is... TV15 hours ago The Comedy Trail: A Shaggy Dog Story (BBC-1 1999, Ronnie Barker, Victoria Wood) A five minute trailer made by the BBC to celebrate their comedy output, with over 40 of the biggest names... TV15 hours ago The Frost Report (BBC-1 1966, David Frost, John Cleese) Sketch based series hosted by David Frost and broadcast live. Each episode looked at a different topic including the famous... TV15 hours ago Broaden Your Mind (BBC-2 1968, Graeme Garden, Tim Brooke-Taylor) Sketch series tackling many different subjects and billing itself as an Encyclopedia of the Air. The big name writers on... TV15 hours ago Monroe (ITV1 2011, James Nesbitt, Sarah Parish) Medical drama series Monroe (which comes from the pen of the always excellent Peter Bowker) follows neuro surgeon Gabriel Monroe... search EPISODES Episodes2 days ago Paradise Hotel: Episode 7 airs Thurs 23 May 2019 on FOX Kristin Cavallari hosts the innovative unscripted dating competition series, in which sexy singles try to remain in paradise for as... Episodes2 days ago Little Women: Collabing with the Enemy (S5EP9 Lifetime Thurs 23 May 2019) Collabing with the Enemy: After Bri is betrayed by Emily, she decides to get revenge by reaching out to the... Episodes2 days ago Little Women: LA – Hen Party Fiasco (S8EP8 Lifetime Thurs 23 May 2019) Hen Party Fiasco: Elena is left speechless when the girls question her children’s book; the hen party is on the... advertisement MOVIES Movies2 months ago Dumbo | 2019 | Colin Farrell, Michael Keaton A young elephant, whose oversized ears enable him to fly, helps save a struggling circus, but when the circus plans... Movies2 months ago The Man Who Killed Don Quixote | 2018 | Adam Driver, Jonathan Pryce Toby, a cynical advertising director finds himself trapped in the outrageous delusions of an old Spanish shoe-maker who believes himself... Movies2 months ago Triple Frontier | 2019 | Ben Affleck, Oscar Isaac, Struggling to make ends meet, former special ops soldiers reunite for a high-stakes heist: stealing $75 million from a South... mytvtonight mytvtonight devoted to all things film and tv.