Friday, February 22, 2013

At the Nickelodeon: The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T (1953)

DVR alert...this incredibly bizarre and imaginative film from 1953 is being shown at 8am (EST) tomorrow on TCM. The entire film is also available (for now at least) on YouTube (embedded below). The story follows Bart, a young boy with a curious hat, who lives with his widowed mom and absolutely dreads his weekly piano lessons with the imposing Dr. Terwilliker. During one of his lessons, Bart enters a dreamlike world where he and 499 other boys are forced to play the immense piano that Dr. Terwilliker has constructed. Of course Bart desperately wants to escape...and...well I guess you'll have to watch to see what transpires. The film was written by Theodor Seuss Geisel (aka Dr. Seuss) and is notable for its "Seuss-like" set design. It's definitely one of the creepier children's films I've ever seen...although The Peanut Butter Solution is a close runner-up, but that's a post for another day.

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