The 5000 Fingers of Dr. T (1953)

5000 fingers of dr. t

This week on Alcohollywood, we dive headfirst (along with guest Emily) into the madness that is Dr. Seuss’ first and only live-action creative work, The 5000 Fingers of Dr. T! A 1950s mix of musical comedy, Disneyesque whimsy and horrifying Seussian allegory, the film follows young Bart, an unfortunately untalented child who daydreams a nightmarish world run by his tyrannical piano teacher, Dr. Terwilliker. His scheme is to keep his mother captive and schemes to hold a music concert for his 500-kid piano!

It’s only with the help of his all-American wimp father figure Mr. Zabladowski, some insanely Seussian production design, and a thinly veiled A-bomb metaphor that he can free himself from his dream and figure out how to just be a kid. Luckily, we help you navigate this interesting, labyrinthian failure with the help of our custom cocktail and drinking rules!

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THIS EPISODE’S DRINK: The Music Fixer (click to enlarge Jared’s amazing Seussian sketch!)

5000 fingers of dr. t cocktail2,500 fingers cookies /n cream vodka
1,500 fingers cream soda
500 fingers amaretto
500 fingers peach schnapps
scoop, chocolate ice cream

Mix into 40-gallon bucket. Serve for a special occasion. (or scale down appropriately.)

 

 

DRINKING RULES FOR THE 5000 FINGERS OF DR. T:

  1. Every time a new song strikes up
  2. Whenever you see fake, Dr. Seuss hands
  3. Every time you see ladders or stairs

FINISH YOUR DRINK WHEN:

Dr. T shouts, “Is it…is it ATOMIC?!”

Don’t forget about us, because next week, we’re sitting through detention with The Breakfast Club!

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