Five Fickle Fingers
"Come with me and you'll be In a world of pure imagination." - Wille
When I was but a wee lad I saw a movie
on TV which I never quite forgot... all except the
The images stayed with me for years, decades, but I
never knew what it was called.
I remember two
sinister men on rollerskates,
connected at the beard, pursuing a young boy wearing
a beany with a little hand sticking up from the very
top. (Yes, this very kid.)
I remember a dungeon full of orchestra musicians dressed
in rags playing fanciful music on improvised instruments.
I remember an atomic explosion triggered through the
use of skate keys, marbles, a hearing-aid and a large bottle
I remember a man wearing lavender spats and an organdy
snood magically producing trays of desserts, cigars
and cocktails from holes in the floor of his office.
I remember a piano with 44,000 keys being played by 500 little
The piano was the key that eventually allowed me to rediscover
this bizarre film, entitled "The 5000 Fingers of
Dr. T", the only feature film written by Dr. Seuss.
Yes, that Dr. Seuss.
This movie is cringe-inducing in ways that only a mid-50s
musical can be but it's also one of the more spectacularly
memorable films I've ever seen. Below is a youtube clip
from the film, a brilliant sequence featuring the aforementioned
watch this and, as you do, consider the amount of imagination
and work that went into combining the music, dance, and costuming.
Not to mention the good Dr.'s peculiar script.
There are other shorts from the film available on youtube.
If your interest is piqued allow me to particularly recommend the "Do-Me-Do
Duds" sequence featuring the apparantly
game-for-anything Hans Conreid.