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Kids’ Club: THE 5,000 FINGERS OF DR. T

Director Roy Rowland
Year 1953
Starring Peter Lind Hayes, Mary Healy, Hans Conried, and Tommy Rettig
Rating UR
Run Time 89min
Age Policy

18 and up; Children 6 and up will be allowed only with a parent guardian. No children under the age of 6 will be allowed.

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Much-loved author and illustrator Dr. Seuss, the creator and co-writer of THE 5,000 FINGERS OF DR. T, reportedly called this wildly original movie-musical a “debaculous fiasco” upon its initial theatrical release because audiences apparently were not yet ready for a film as purely imaginative as this. Since then, it has developed a cult appreciation among audiences both young and old for its appropriately dreamlike realization of the sheer wonder within Seuss’ narrative world. Young Bart Collins (Tommy Rettig) dozes off while practicing his dreaded piano lessons and finds himself deep in slumberland wherein elements of his day-to-day life take on a fantastic character. His piano teacher, Dr. Terwilliker, manifests as an evil genius who needs 500 piano students (5,000 fingers!) to operate his giant piano 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and who on top of all of that intends to take Bart’s mom for his wife. Only with the help of plumber August Zabladowski can Bart save his mom and the other 499 students of the Terwilliker Institute from a life of imprisonment at the piano’s pearly white keys! (Sam Prime)

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