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8j014 5000 FINGERS OF DR. T 8x10 still '53 Hans Conried conducts Tommy Rettig at massive piano!

Date Sold 2/21/2012
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An Original Vintage Theatrical 8" x 10" [20 x 25 cm] Movie Still (Learn More)

The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T, the classic 1953 Roy Rowland children's musical dark fantasy ("The First Wonderama"; "In color by Technicolor"; "The wonder musical of the future!"; "Plus a Hit Parade of Songs"; ; "Songs you'll never stop singing!"; "T for tremendous! T for terrifying! T for terpsichore! T for tickles! T for tootlers! T for tunes! T for terrific!"; T for entertainmenT [spelled backwards]; "Screen Play by Dr. Seuss and Allan Scott"; about a boy forced to take piano lessons from a strange teacher, and he dreams of a bizarre world where the teacher tortures his students; the movie is very dark, but it was originally even darker in that it had an elevator scene where an executioner-like masked man takes people down floor by floor to a dungeon, and he calls off the torture devices on each floor, and that sequence was shortened!) starring Peter Lind Hayes, Mary Healy, Hans Conried (in the title role as Dr. Terwilliker), Tommy Rettig, and George Chakiris. Note that this movie soured Dr. Seuss on Hollywood and merchandising for many years until his death. The studio created a really cool special supplement to the pressbook (the supplement is quite rare!), which contains a massive section of tie-in promotional items, and that might have helped contribute to how Dr. Seuss felt about Hollywood (but I would give anything to have any original Happy Fingers beanie, or a hand puppet, or lollipop, or Hand-y Pants and Shirts, or scarves, or roller skates, or costume jewelry, or balloons, etc.; all these are real items that were advertised in the pressbook!). Note that this movie was produced by Stanley Kramer. We did not know that until we saw a candid still with Kramer (we wonder why his connection to this movie never seems to get mentioned!).
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