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|imagecaption=A still of Bart in the 1953 film.
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|imagecaption=Poster for the film.
|status=<span style="color:orange;">'''Partially Lost'''</span>
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''The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T'' is a 1953 American film that is noteworthy of being the only film written by Theodore Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss.
  
''The 5,000 Fingers of Dr T'' is the only film written by Theodore Geisel, better known as Dr Seuss.  
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The film itself is not lost. However, the '''original cut''' of the film, which had a darker tone and included twice as many musical numbers, is completely lost, as even Sony Pictures hasn't been able to find a copy of it. However, the screenplay has been found, which is 1000+ pages in length (far longer than an average movie screenplay), but has not been released.
  
The film itself, released in 1953, is not lost.  However, the ''original cut'' of the film, which had a darker tone and included twice as many musical numbers, is so lost that even Sony Pictures hasn't been able to find it.
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Before his death, Geisel denounced the film and purposely left it unmentioned in his biography, so he may have played a part in its disappearance.
  
Geisel's original 1,000+ page screenplay, however, has been located. The script is long enough for several movies; wherein a typical movie script is about 100 pages long. And yet, for some reason, the screenplay is being kept in the vaults, with a few scans given to press outlets that write about the movie.
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==Plot==
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The film's story focuses on Bart, a young boy living with his widowed mother. More than anything, Bart dreads his strict piano instructor, Dr. Terwilliker. After Bart complains to the plumber, August Zabladowski, about how his instructor might be influencing his mom, Bart dozes off at the piano and dreams.  
  
Before his death, Geisel denounced the film and purposely left it unmentioned in his biography.
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In his dream, he finds himself trapped in the Terwilliker Institute, a place where Bart's piano teacher is a dictator. Dr. Terwilliker has created a piano so massive that it requires 500 boys, including Bart, to play it, enslaving them in the institute. Bart's mother, hypnotized by Dr. Terwilliker, believes she is his bride-to-be. Throughout the film, Bart tries to save his mother by evading guards and recruiting the reluctant Mr. Zabladowski to help him. After convincing the plumber to help, the two build a machine that ruins the debut concert for the mega-piano and starts a riot for the enslaved boys. Eventually, the machine explodes, waking Bart from his dream. Noticing when he wakes up that the plumber has distracted his mother, Bart runs outside to play.
  
== Plot ==
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==Production==
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Many changes were made to the film prior to its release due to negative feedback from the test audience; 13 out of the original 24 musical numbers were removed entirely from the production, leaving 11 in the movie. Prior to their removal, every musical number had been filmed. It's unknown if the footage survives to this day. Several sub-plots were cut that included the songs. It is rumored that the premiere version was 139 minutes long, while the film today lasts only 89 minutes
  
The film's story focuses on Bart, a young boy living with his widowed mother. More than anything, Bart reads his strict piano instructor, Dr Terwilliker. After Bart complains to plumber August Zabladowski about how his instructor might be influencing Bart's mother, Heloise, Bart dozes off at the piano and dreams.  
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Some censorship was also added to one number, namely the mention of "gas chambers" in "The Elevator Song", which could have been misconstrued as a reference to the Holocaust, so the specific stanza was removed.<ref>[http://366weirdmovies.com/the-5000-fingers-of-dr-t-1953/ A page on 366 Weird Movies about ''The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T''.] Retrieved 18 Jul '16 </ref>
  
In his dream, he finds himself trapped in the Terwilliker Institute, a place where Bart's piano teacher is a dictator. Dr Terwilliker has created a piano so massive that it requires 500 boys, including Bart, to play it, enslaving them in the institute. Bart's mother, hypnotised by Dr Terwilliker, believes she is his bride-to-be. Throughout the film, Bart tries to save his mother by evading guards and recruiting the reluctant Mr Zabladowski to help him. After convincing the plumber to help, the two build a machine that ruins the debut concert for the mega-piano and starts a riot for the enslaved boys. Eventually, the machine explodes, waking Bart from his dream. Noticing when he wakes up that the plumber has distracted his mother, Bart runs outside to play.<ref>https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_5,000_Fingers_of_Dr._T</ref>
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==Availability==
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While neither the screenplay or any of the cut footage is available, all of the songs cut from the film can still be heard on the limited edition CD soundtrack release, online, and the bootleg vinyl record, which includes the songs in the film today and most of the cut songs.
  
== Production ==
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==Song Listing==
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===Theatrical Cut===
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# Opening Credits / Butterfly Ballet&nbsp;— Dream Sequence
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# Ten Happy Fingers
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# Piano Concerto (Ten Happy Fingers variation)
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# Dream Stuff
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# Hypnotic Duel
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# Get Together Weather
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# Because We're Kids
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# Dungeon Ballet
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# We Are Victorious
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# Elevator Song
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# Dressing Song / Do-Mi-Do Duds
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# End Credits
  
Many changes were made to the film prior to its release due to negative feedback from the test audience; 11 musical numbers were removed entirely from the production, leaving 13 in the movie. Prior to their removal, every musical number had been filmed.
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===Original Cut===
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# Overture/Main Title
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# Ten Happy Fingers
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# Piano Concerto (Ten Happy Fingers variation)
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# Oh! We Are the Guards
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# Many Questions
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# My Favorite Note
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# Dungeon Ballet
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# Grindstone
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# I Will Not Get Involved
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# Dream Stuff
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# I Won't Go to Bed/Massage Opera
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# You Opened My Eyes
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# Hypnotic Duel
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# Because We're Kids
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# Money
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# Freckle on a Pygmy
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# Butterfly Ballet
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# We Are Victorious
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# Dungeon Song
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# Dressing Song/Do-Mi-Do Duds
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# End Credits
  
Some censorship was also added to one musical number; the mention of "gas chambers" in "The Elevator Song" could have been misconstrued as a reference to the Holocaust, so the specific stanza was removed.<ref>http://366weirdmovies.com/the-5000-fingers-of-dr-t-1953/</ref>
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==Lost Scene Gallery==
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<gallery mode=packed heights=175px>
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File:drtbird.jpg|Still from an unknown lost scene.
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File:drtohwearetheguards.jpg|Still from the "Oh! We Are the Guards" number.
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File:beardjumprope.jpg|Still from "Oh! We Are the Guards" number.
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File:drtbighand.jpg|Still from an unknown lost scene.
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File:drtmyfavoritenote.jpg|Still probably from the lost "My Favorite Note" number.
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File:grindstone.jpg|Still probably from the lost "Grindstone" number.
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File:drtiwontgotobed.png||Still from lost "I Won't Go to Bed/Massage Opera" scene.
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</gallery>
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==External Link==
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_5,000_Fingers_of_Dr._T The Wikipedia page for ''The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T''.] Retrieved 18 Jul '16
  
==References==
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==Reference==
<references/>
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{{reflist}}
  
[[Category: Lost films|5,000 Fingers of Dr. T]]
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[[Category:Lost films|5,000 Fingers of Dr. T, The (lost original cut of Dr. Seuss film; 1953]]
[[Category: Partially lost media|5,000 Fingers of Dr. T]]
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[[Category:Completely lost media|5,000 Fingers of Dr. T, The (lost original cut of Dr. Seuss film; 1953)]]
[[Category:Historic|5,000 Fingers of Dr. T]]
 

Latest revision as of 20:20, 7 May 2020

Dr T Poster.jpg

Poster for the film.

Status: Lost

The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T is a 1953 American film that is noteworthy of being the only film written by Theodore Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss.

The film itself is not lost. However, the original cut of the film, which had a darker tone and included twice as many musical numbers, is completely lost, as even Sony Pictures hasn't been able to find a copy of it. However, the screenplay has been found, which is 1000+ pages in length (far longer than an average movie screenplay), but has not been released.

Before his death, Geisel denounced the film and purposely left it unmentioned in his biography, so he may have played a part in its disappearance.

Plot[edit | edit source]

The film's story focuses on Bart, a young boy living with his widowed mother. More than anything, Bart dreads his strict piano instructor, Dr. Terwilliker. After Bart complains to the plumber, August Zabladowski, about how his instructor might be influencing his mom, Bart dozes off at the piano and dreams.

In his dream, he finds himself trapped in the Terwilliker Institute, a place where Bart's piano teacher is a dictator. Dr. Terwilliker has created a piano so massive that it requires 500 boys, including Bart, to play it, enslaving them in the institute. Bart's mother, hypnotized by Dr. Terwilliker, believes she is his bride-to-be. Throughout the film, Bart tries to save his mother by evading guards and recruiting the reluctant Mr. Zabladowski to help him. After convincing the plumber to help, the two build a machine that ruins the debut concert for the mega-piano and starts a riot for the enslaved boys. Eventually, the machine explodes, waking Bart from his dream. Noticing when he wakes up that the plumber has distracted his mother, Bart runs outside to play.

Production[edit | edit source]

Many changes were made to the film prior to its release due to negative feedback from the test audience; 13 out of the original 24 musical numbers were removed entirely from the production, leaving 11 in the movie. Prior to their removal, every musical number had been filmed. It's unknown if the footage survives to this day. Several sub-plots were cut that included the songs. It is rumored that the premiere version was 139 minutes long, while the film today lasts only 89 minutes

Some censorship was also added to one number, namely the mention of "gas chambers" in "The Elevator Song", which could have been misconstrued as a reference to the Holocaust, so the specific stanza was removed.[1]

Availability[edit | edit source]

While neither the screenplay or any of the cut footage is available, all of the songs cut from the film can still be heard on the limited edition CD soundtrack release, online, and the bootleg vinyl record, which includes the songs in the film today and most of the cut songs.

Song Listing[edit | edit source]

Theatrical Cut[edit | edit source]

  1. Opening Credits / Butterfly Ballet — Dream Sequence
  2. Ten Happy Fingers
  3. Piano Concerto (Ten Happy Fingers variation)
  4. Dream Stuff
  5. Hypnotic Duel
  6. Get Together Weather
  7. Because We're Kids
  8. Dungeon Ballet
  9. We Are Victorious
  10. Elevator Song
  11. Dressing Song / Do-Mi-Do Duds
  12. End Credits

Original Cut[edit | edit source]

  1. Overture/Main Title
  2. Ten Happy Fingers
  3. Piano Concerto (Ten Happy Fingers variation)
  4. Oh! We Are the Guards
  5. Many Questions
  6. My Favorite Note
  7. Dungeon Ballet
  8. Grindstone
  9. I Will Not Get Involved
  10. Dream Stuff
  11. I Won't Go to Bed/Massage Opera
  12. You Opened My Eyes
  13. Hypnotic Duel
  14. Because We're Kids
  15. Money
  16. Freckle on a Pygmy
  17. Butterfly Ballet
  18. We Are Victorious
  19. Dungeon Song
  20. Dressing Song/Do-Mi-Do Duds
  21. End Credits

Lost Scene Gallery[edit | edit source]

External Link[edit | edit source]

Reference[edit | edit source]