The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T. (1952)

USA, 1952
35mm film, Technicolor, 1.37:1
mono, English

An American fantasy film directed by Roy Rowland.

Plot Summary

Young Bart Collins hates his piano lessons and he hates his piano teacher, the sinister Dr Terwilliker who plans to force 500 boys to practice at his piano 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for the rest of eternity. Bart must elude the maniacal clutches of Dr T and free the boys.


Directed by: Roy Rowland
Copyright MCMLII [1952] by The Stanley Kramer Company, Inc.
Columbia Pictures Corporation presents a Stanley Kramer Company production
Producer: Stanley Kramer [uncredited]
Screen Play by: Dr Seuss, Allan Scott
Story and Conception by: Dr Seuss
Director of Photography: Frank Planer [real name: Franz Planer]
Editorial Supervision: Harry Gerstad
Film Editor: Al Clark
Technicolor Colour Consultant: Francis Cugat
Music by: Frederick Hollander
Lyrics: Dr Seuss
Sound Engineer: Russell Malmgren
Western Electric Recording
Miss Healy's Gowns: Jean Louis
Makeup by: Clay Campbell
Hair Styles by: Helen Hunt
Production Designed by: Rudolph Sternad

Peter Lind Hayes (August Zabladowski)
Mary Healy (Mrs Eloise Collins)
Hans Conried (Dr Terwilliker (Dr. T))
Tommy Rettig (Bart Collins)
John Heasley (Uncle Whitney)
Robert Heasley (Uncle Judson)
Noel Cravat (Sergeant Lunk)
Tony Butala [young pianist – uncredited]
George Chakiris [dancer – uncredited]
Henry Kulky [Stroogo – uncredited]

Alternative Titles

Los 5.000 dedos del Dr T – Spanish title
Crazy Music – re-release title
Dr Seuss' 5,000 Fingers of Dr T – US video title
Dr T's 5000 fingrar – Swedish title
Tri T:n 5000 sormea – Finnish title



  • Castle of Frankenstein no.9 p.33
  • Dark Star no.14/15 pp.17-20 – review
  • TV Times 16-22 April 1988 p.39 – review


  • 100 Best Movies You've Never Seen, The by Richard Crouse p.81 – credits, review
  • Columbia Checklist, The: The Feature Films, Cartoons, Serials and Short Subjects of Columbia Pictures, 1922-1988 by Len D. Martin p.105 – credits
  • Columbia Pictures Horror, Science Fiction and Fantasy Films, 1928-1929 by Michael R. Pitts pp.81-82 – credits
  • by Walt Lee p.141 – credits
  • The Ultimate Encyclopedia of Fantasy by David Pringle (general ed.) p.59 – credits, review