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looking for name of lost movie
Topic by: richard3d
Posted: March 20, 2006 - 9:44 AM PST
Last Reply: March 24, 2006 - 10:48 AM PST

author topic: looking for name of lost movie
richard3d
post #1  on March 20, 2006 - 9:44 AM PST  
I remember when I was a kid (1970's) seeing a movie on the TV, where there was this crazy mad guy that collected kids to play on this giant piano thingy, and I think it involved one kids mom intervening and setting them free and breaking the machine.
Does anyone remember the name of this film?
underdog
post #2  on March 20, 2006 - 9:56 AM PST  
> On March 20, 2006 - 9:44 AM PST richard3d wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> I remember when I was a kid (1970's) seeing a movie on the TV, where there was this crazy mad guy that collected kids to play on this giant piano thingy, and I think it involved one kids mom intervening and setting them free and breaking the machine.
> Does anyone remember the name of this film?
> ---------------------------------


Hi,

Could it be...

The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T?

Sounds like it to me. It's from the 50s but got a cult following years later.

Is it?

C
hamano
post #3  on March 20, 2006 - 10:03 AM PST  
Wow! I've gone through my entire life without ever seeing that one! Should I consider myself fortunate, or deprived?
Cinenaut
post #4  on March 20, 2006 - 10:19 AM PST  
I love the 5000 Fingers of Dr. T, but it's not for everyone. See if it want to find out what happens when Dr. Seuss writes a screenplay.

Here's a trailer.

My favorite quote:

Dr. Terwilliker: Is it atomic?
Bart Collins: Yes sir, VERY atomic!
hamano
post #5  on March 20, 2006 - 2:59 PM PST  
Wow, that's like the genesis of the germ of an inkling of the Cirque du Soleil or something. Weird.
DLeonard
post #6  on March 20, 2006 - 5:43 PM PST  
> On March 20, 2006 - 9:56 AM PST underdog wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> > On March 20, 2006 - 9:44 AM PST richard3d wrote:
> > ---------------------------------
> > I remember when I was a kid (1970's) seeing a movie on the TV, where there was this crazy mad guy that collected kids to play on this giant piano thingy, and I think it involved one kids mom intervening and setting them free and breaking the machine.
> > Does anyone remember the name of this film?
> > ---------------------------------
>
>
> Hi,
>
> Could it be...
>
> The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T?
>
> Sounds like it to me. It's from the 50s but got a cult following years later.
>
> Is it?
>
> C
> ---------------------------------

That has to be the movie.

The story behind it is that Doc Suess had such a miserable experience with that movie he refused to let anything else of his be turned into a film. Live action I suppose, because a few were done as animation.

But that's why Grinch and Cat in the Hat were done after he died. Apparently his widow didn't feel the same way about the millions of dollars.
woozy
post #7  on March 20, 2006 - 6:13 PM PST  

> My favorite quote:
>
> Dr. Terwilliker: Is it atomic?
> Bart Collins: Yes sir, VERY atomic!
> ---------------------------------

That *is* a classic. I like the song the executioner sings in the dungeon elevator too.

Cinenaut
post #8  on March 20, 2006 - 6:48 PM PST  
Yes, as the young hero is taken to the lowest depths of a dungeon, a hooded executioner sings a song about the various torture devices on each level, as if he were an elevator operator in a department store.

FIRST FLOOR DUNGEON
Assorted simple tortures.
Molten lead, chopping blocks
And hot boiling oil.

SECOND FLOOR DUNGEON
Jewelry department.
Leg chains, ankle chains,
Neck chains, wrist chains, thumb screws
And nooses of the very finest rope.

BASEMENT DUNGEON--
EVERYBODY OUT.


via
dpowers
post #9  on March 21, 2006 - 8:19 AM PST  
(3 cheers for the whammy showdown)
woozy
post #10  on March 21, 2006 - 2:09 PM PST  
> On March 20, 2006 - 6:48 PM PST Cinenaut wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> Yes, as the young hero is taken to the lowest depths of a dungeon, a hooded executioner sings a song about the various torture devices on each level, as if he were an elevator operator in a department store.
>
Ah, elevator operators calling out items was a bit before my time so I didn't really make the connection. I just thought it was really funny the pride he took in his work.

Dang! Doctor Seuss' standards were high considering the amount of creative control he had in that film that must have seemed impossibly bizarre to studio execs of the day.
Yowanda
post #11  on March 23, 2006 - 4:26 PM PST  
When checking to see what's on the ole boob tube tonight, I saw that The 5000 Fingers of Dr. T will be on Turner Classic Movies in just over half an hour (7pm central time).
Cinenaut
post #12  on March 24, 2006 - 9:38 AM PST  
Did you watch it?
Yowanda
post #13  on March 24, 2006 - 10:28 AM PST  
> On March 24, 2006 - 9:38 AM PST Cinenaut wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> Did you watch it?
> ---------------------------------

No. Thought about it. But the movie was on from 7 to 9, and I was busy getting my daughter bathed and into bed from about 7:15 to nearly 8. And I know I have that VCR and all, but I'm awfully lazy. :)
Cinenaut
post #14  on March 24, 2006 - 10:48 AM PST  
It's a good thing you didn't let your daughter watch it. She'd be scarred for life!

No wonder I don't play the piano.

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