3 comments on ““Svengoolie” to premiere “The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T.” (1953), this Sat. on Me-TV

  1. I’m suprised that I have never seen “The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T” as a child. I must admit, that even as a kid, I never enjoyed watching musicals. Which would explain why I never liked Disney’s Animated Features. I remember I loved “The Wizard of Oz”, but always hated the beginning when Dorothy sang “Over the Rainbow”. Perhaps this is why I was never even tempted to watch “The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T” even in my unjaded youth. I’m still not a fan of musicals, and to make matters worse, as an adult, I dislike films that take place in any type of dreamworld, or even have lengthy dream sequences! The one exception to this would be Christopher Nolan’s “Inception”, which put enough of a Science-Fiction spin on the dreamworld, that I could somehow mentally justify it. All that is to say that, because I am a diehard Svengoolie fan and have only missed about a dozen or so shows in the past 5 1/2 years since I was able to watch him on MeTV Boston 5.2, I’ll be tuning in this Saturday night at 8pm EST to watch a film I am fairly certain I will find mind-numbing, dumbfounding and teadioisly dull. I hope I’m wrong and do get some enjoyment from it. I know I’ll love Svengoolie, so that’s the important thing.

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    • Greetings, Gregory! A fascinating and interesting account, man (glad you enjoyed my recent article on “The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T.”)!

      The first time that I watched “The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T.” (1953) was on Me-TV’s competitor, Antenna TV (back when the Tribune-owned sub-channel had a classic/cult Columbia feature film to complement their line of TV shows, since most of the programming on that channel came from the Columbia/Sony library at the time) somewhere around late 2011-2012.

      I recently re-discovered the Seuss/Kramer/Rowland feature on Me-TV’s sister channel, Movies! TV Network last year. It’s interesting how the original 1953 poster art stated that there would be a “hit parade of songs” (possibly due in part that the film was a commercial flop during the original release period, the songs were possibly never meant to be “hit-bound” or memorable, compared to a vintage MGM or Disney musical, or even Columbia’s 1944 smash hit musical “Cover Girl,” which was the studio’s first Technicolor film)!

      What was also interesting is that “Film Score Monthly” magazine (via Screen Archives Entertainment) released a soundtrack CD album (authorized by Columbia Pictures/Sony) that contained most of the deleted musical numbers several years back. http://www.filmscoremonthly.com/cds/detail.cfm/CDID/432/5000-Fingers-of-Dr.-T.-The/

      Not sure if this film was ever included in any Screen Gems/Columbia post-1950 film package for TV (even looking through the “American Radio History” database of vintage Broadcasting/Broadcasting and Cable archives showed no results, as most Screen Gems/Columbia trade ads for post-1950 features, especially from early-to-mid 1960s will usually include a sampling of the studio’s memorable back catalog titles).

      The other interesting part was the “Wonderama” moniker that Columbia used in the original posters (and publicity materials) for the film (though “Wonderama” was just the title for “futuristic-style” musicals and not a wide-screen process)! This was the first and last Columbia “Wonderama”-themed musical.

      There are definitely some riff-worthy and camp moments throughout the film (not to provide any spoilers)!

      Looking forward to watching Svengoolie’s upcoming premiere of “The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T.” (1953) with you and the entire crowd of fellow SvenPals (during the live-tweeting session) this Sat. on Me-TV (with Sven’s take on the film)! Maybe there will be a “Svensurround” segment!

      Peace/kudos/”Hi-Keeba!” to you and all fellow Svengoolie SvenPals everywhere, Gregory! See you all for Sven and his big broadcast of “The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T.” (1953) this Sat.! The “T” for Hans Conreid’s character stands for “Tonoose…” Oops! I meant “Terwilliker” (wrong Conreid character)!

      -All the best,
      Chris Hamby
      Fellow loyal Svengoolie/Me-TV viewer (since early 2013)!

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