The 5000 Fingers of Dr T

The 5000 Fingers of Dr T
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The 1953 Technicolor The 5,000 Fingers of Dr T. is a neglected, almost unclassifiable oddity. Perhaps best described as a surreal children’s fantasy musical, the film gets a rare screening on Tuesday 4 th September at Space@61, 61 Cheltenham Road, Nunhead, London SE15 3AF. This is the only feature film written by Theodor Seuss Geisel (better known as Dr Seuss ), who was responsible for the story, screenplay and lyrics . It was directed by Roy Rowland , with many takes directed, uncredited, by producer Stanley Kramer . Young Bart Collins ( Tommy Rettig ) lives with his widowed mother Heloise ( Mary Healy ). The bane of Bart’s existence are the hated piano lessons he endures under the tutelage of the autocratic Dr. Terwilliker ( Hans Conried ), and Bart feels that his mother has fallen under Terwilliker’s influence. While hammering at his lessons, Bart dozes off and enters a musical dream. In the dream, Bart is trapped at the surreal Terwilliker Institute, where th

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