THE 5,000 FINGERS OF DR. T. (1953) C 89m dir: Roy Rowland
w/Peter Lind Hayes, Mary Healy, Tommy Rettig, Hans Conreid, John Heasley, Robert Heasley, Noel Cravat, Henry Kulky
From The Movie Guide: "Hollywood films just don't get any weirder than this underappreciated 1950s classic. This surrealistic children's film (cowritten by Ted Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss), features Tommy Rettig of TV's 'Lassie' as Bart Collins, a young boy who would rather play baseball than take piano lessons with the eccentric and tyrannical Dr. Terwilliker (Conreid). ...
"THE 5,000 FINGERS OF DR. T. is one of the best fantasy films ever produced by Hollywood. Adults will find it every bit as diverting and intriguing as children as it explicitly connects dreams, surrealism and psychoanalysis. The dreamy sets succeed in making this film look like a Dr. Seuss book brought to life. Rettig and Hayes are delightful and Healy's OK but Conreid gives what may be the performance of his estimable career as the dastardly fop. Though at times deliriously perverse, particularly in the context of conformist 1950s filmmaking, the film is also quite moving. Essential viewing for any potentially cool kids."
Produced by Stanley Kramer.