The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T.

1953, Kids & family/Fantasy, 1h 28m

17 Reviews 2,500+ Ratings

You might also like

Dark Command
And Then There Were None
Presto
Terror by Night
The Paleface

Where to watch

Rent/buy from $2.99 Rent/buy from $3.99 Rent/buy from $3.99

Rate And Review

User image

Verified

  • User image

    Super Reviewer

    Rate this movie

    Oof, that was Rotten.

    Meh, it passed the time.

    It’s good – I’d recommend it.

    Awesome!

    So Fresh: Absolute Must See!

    What did you think of the movie? (optional)



  • You're almost there! Just confirm how you got your ticket.

  • User image

    Super Reviewer

    Step 2 of 2

    How did you buy your ticket?

    Let's get your review verified.

    • Fandango

    • AMCTheatres.com or AMC AppNew

    • Cinemark Coming Soon

      We won’t be able to verify your ticket today, but it’s great to know for the future.

    • Regal Coming Soon

      We won’t be able to verify your ticket today, but it’s great to know for the future.

    • Theater box office or somewhere else

    You're almost there! Just confirm how you got your ticket.

  • User image

    Super Reviewer

    Rate this movie

    Oof, that was Rotten.

    Meh, it passed the time.

    It’s good – I’d recommend it.

    Awesome!

    So Fresh: Absolute Must See!

    What did you think of the movie? (optional)

  • How did you buy your ticket?

    • Fandango

    • AMCTheatres.com or AMC AppNew

    • Cinemark Coming Soon

      We won’t be able to verify your ticket today, but it’s great to know for the future.

    • Regal Coming Soon

      We won’t be able to verify your ticket today, but it’s great to know for the future.

    • Theater box office or somewhere else

The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T. Photos

Movie Info

A young boy who detests taking piano lessons, Bart Collins (Tommy Rettig) has developed a deep suspicion of his strict instructor, Dr. Terwilliker (Hans Conried). Raised by his single mother, Heloise (Mary Healy), Bart looks up to the local plumber August Zabladowski (Peter Lind Hayes). When Bart ends up in a Seussian dreamworld, he must join with Zabladowski to rescue his mom from Dr. T's clutches and stop his plan to force 500 boys to play a massive piano in perpetuity.

Cast & Crew

Peter Lind Hayes
August Zabladowski
Hans Conried
Dr. Terwilliker (Dr. T)
Tommy Rettig
Bart Collins
Mary Healy
Mrs. Collins
Jack Heasley
Uncle Whitney
Robert Heasley
Uncle Judson
Noel Cravat
Sergeant Lunk
Henry Kulky
Stroogo (uncredited)
Allan Scott
Screenwriter
Dr. Seuss
Screenwriter
Heinz Roemheld
Original Music
Hans J. Salter
Original Music
Franz Planer
Cinematography
Al Clark
Film Editing
Rudolph Sternad
Production Design
Cary Odell
Art Director
William Kiernan
Set Decoration
Jean Louis
Costume Design
Clay Campbell
Makeup Artist
Clem Beauchamp
Production Manager
Frederick Briskin
Assistant Director
Show all Cast & Crew

Critic Reviews for The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T.

Audience Reviews for The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T.

  • Jan 08, 2014
    A boy dreams he and his mother are trapped in a dream world ruled by evil piano teacher Dr. Terwilliger, who plans to enslave 500 boys to play his giant piano. Despite writing the story and libretto, Theodor Geisel (the Philistine!) notoriously hated this Technicolor spectacle, but you'll love the fantabulously surreal Seussian set design with its curved keyboards, ladders to nowhere, and roller-skating Siamese twin guards linked by their beards.
    Greg S Super Reviewer
  • Sep 05, 2010
    This is an odd movie, but it's based on a Dr. Seuss book, so this movie does a good job representing that. Overall the style is good, but the actors and songs aren't so great.
    Aj V Super Reviewer
  • Sep 12, 2009
    Cool old musical matinee with a fascinating set. Hans Conried is awesome as the crazy piano possessed antagonist.
    The M Super Reviewer
  • Feb 01, 2008
    Some creative visual live-action flourishes, but Dr. Seuss's work is better illustrated or animated. Contains what might be the oddest musical number ever, The Dungeon Song, with actors/dancers in badly painted green body paint playing Dr. Seuss style nonsensical instruments. The filmmakers attempt a Fantasia sort of extravaganza but the budget serious holds the production back. None of the other musical numbers became hits either. Dr. T (Conreid) plays a flamboyant piano teacher who forces 500 boys to rehearse. Bart (Tommy Rettig), in particular, would rather be outside playing with his dog. Rettig is amusing in breaking the fourth wall and talking to the audience. Most of the movie exists in Bart's mind as a fantasy nightmare. The movie would be unbearable if Rettig were not the lead. Real life couple Hayes and Healy play a kindly janitor and Bart's mom, respectively. Bart hopes his mom will choose the caring janitor rather than the dictatorial piano teacher. Unfortunately, all three adult leads leave a lot to be desired as they prance around this technicolor set. They simply never completely fill the massively open and empty sets with their voices or dancing.
    Byron B Super Reviewer

Movie & TV guides