One More Time- Play It Again, Sven- "5000 Fingers of Dr. T"- Tonight!

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Tonight on MeTV- it’s a movie that sparked a lot of controversy among Sven fans when we first showed it earlier this year. Viewers were either fascinated or absolutely hated it- and some felt it was not suitable for a “horror” program!  Once again, though, it seems to qualify as somewhat sci fi, crossed with fantasy and music-  all originally created by iconic author Dr. Seuss- and, yes, the end results were not necessarily to the doctor’s liking! Regardless, it’s a cult film steeped in a horrendous history, which we will explain- as we enter a dream world of musical madness-  “ The 5000 Fingers of Dr. T”!

The movie opens in a confusing manner- until we see that it’s all coming from the mind of young Bart Collins (no relation to Dr. Seuss’ Bartholomew Cubbins). Bart is forced to practice the piano in accordance with the strict regimen of no-nonsense piano instructor, Dr.Terwilliker.     Dr. T feels all other instruments are far inferior to the keyboard- that his methods are the ONLY path to true musical perfection- and that any outside play or interests that children may have will only weaken their musical ability, and should be prohibited. Bart disagrees, but his single-parent mother is a staunch believer in the Dr. T method- so much so, that Bart feels she has been” flim-flammed” by his “racket”. Bart states his case to local plumber August Zabladowski, who is laboring on the family’s plumbing- but August wisely steers clear of showing any sympathy for Bart’s piano plight.

And so, Bart’s practice drags on-and the monotony of all those practice exercises finally lulls Bart to sleep. Alert in his dream world, he appears to be in strange location, the home of a nearly endless piano keyboard- and in the conductor’s position is none other than his arch-enemy, the dictatorial  Dr. T ! The maestro is driving Bart to distraction, because he is planning a major coup- enlisting 500 boys ( 500 boys= 5000 fingers, if you count thumbs as fingers) to perfectly play his favorite composition. The boys will be held in his “no fun” zone, forced to engage only in rigorous musical exercises and piano practice, held in cells away from family, friends, and fun.

Bart is shocked to discover that Dr T’s right hand ( 5 fingers included) man is- not just  a woman- but  Bart’s mother, seemingly totally under the musical madman’s control ! She appears to be distant- and maybe even a little confused- when confronted by her son. Dr. T finds Bart trying to get through to her, and calls out his guards to capture and imprison the lad. Bart manages to escape the doctor’s various lackeys, including a pair of roller-skating twins ( why the skates? Who knows?) conjoined by a long beard. Along the way of his nightmarish escape path, Bart finds, of all people, Zabladowski the plumber – who has been hired to get all the plumbing needs locked down for the doctor’s  mighty exposition. At first, he doesn’t seem concerned about Bart’s dilemma-but Bart shows him enough things to finally cast some doubt on the proceedings as the day of the big concert draws near. Can Bart free his dear mother from be Dr. T’s hypnotic spell- convince the plumber to help him rebel-and free the 5000 fingers and their connected owners from tone-deaf tyranny?

Among the familiar faces in the cast, we have , as Bart, Tommy Rettig -  best known for playing Jeff, the original child owner in the first version of the “Lassie” TV series. We’ll introduce you to other cast members, including the real-life husband and wife duo of Peter Lind Hayes and Mary Healy, and, of course the heavenly hamminess that is Hans Conried, whose many comedic roles in radio, TV, cartoon voice-overs, and movies give him a place of fondness in the hearts of many, even if this movie doesn’t occupy a similar space. We’ll also talk about the catastrophic collisions between Dr. Seuss and the studio, what got changed and eliminated from the film, and more. The multi-talented Seuss was responsible for the original story, the screenplay, a lot of the set design, choreography, and song lyrics. Many of the songs were cut from the film, much to Seuss’ chagrin - and, as far as cutting things goes, please excuse the fact that , since this movie has a very lengthy run time that exceeds our usual amount of program time, we needed to do a lot of editing, which included paring down some of the songs and dance numbers. Bart’s song about how badly kids get treated by adults is probably the best known song in the film, having even been performed by the great Tony Bennett.

As we said the first time we ran this- we’re showing this movie because it has a cult following, and due to Dr. Seuss’ participation. We realize you may not like this film, but everyone is welcome to their opinion- but- ask that you keep the negativity to a minimum and not run it into the ground. If you really hate the movie that much, please refrain from watching this week. We remind you that this is not the place for sniping and personal attacks, nor is this blog a political forum. After dealing with a glitch in our system, steps have been taken regarding certain  offenders.

“5000 Fingers of Dr. T ” runs tonight on MeTV at 8 pm eastern/pacific, 7 central, or check for time and channel in your local listings, or at . MeTV appreciates the response of the many viewers who are “live-Tweeting” during the show on Twitter, so please continue- utilizing the hashtag #svengoolie . Our Chicago area viewers get another tour through the  “House of Horrors” this morning at 11 am on WCIU, the U.

This afternoon, I am, as mentioned, at the big “Starrcast” wrestling convention in Schaumburg- and we have a full docket of appearances coming up as we head towards Halloween. We hope to see many of you along the way.

Enjoy your Labor Day weekend!

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Flyboy 5 months ago
Ok well....there doesn't seem to be anyone here interested in a convo, so....until this time next week, I will bid you all "A good, good EEEEEEEEEEEVENING!" (As Sivad used to say)
Flyboy 5 months ago
uh oh...the lady is starting up the plane...this must be the official "Flight of the Bumblebee"
Flyboy 5 months ago
YES!.....Sven just confirmed that Steve Frankin, in this movie, DID play in Ants so...yay for me...i called it....i did NOT, however, recognize "Deana" from the Walking Dead though.....
Flyboy 5 months ago
Maybe "The Wasp Woman" will show up directly...ha....actually the lady chemist with the short black hair we just saw kinda looked like the wasp woman
Flyboy 5 months ago
Hey isn't this the same guy that played in "Ants?"....."We've got ants on the floor...they're obstructing the view.....if we close up this place, we'll be disgraced, this company's screwwwwwwwwed"
Flyboy 5 months ago
"Make no mistake - this is a horror movie - NOT a Dr. Seuss movie"
Jerry 5 months ago
I'll see you fine folks tomorrow around WW time, good night 😁
Jerry 5 months ago
I ate too many cheerios, I have a MRI in the morning & now I'll have a cereal hangover 😎
daleuhlmann 5 months ago
I earlier mentioned that Burt Reynolds turned down the part of McMurphy in the film version of OFOTCN, a role that went to Jack Nicholson, who beat out the actor who had played the role on Broadway, Kirk Douglas, much to Douglas' resentment.

Pat: I'm sure you know that, similarly, Robert Alda (Alan's father) won a Tony
as Sky Masterson in the Broadway run of GUYS AND DOLLS, but was not cast in Samuel Goldwyn's 1955 film version, because the producer wanted a younger,
"name" star in Marlon Brando. And, of course, Jack Warner insisted on Audrey Hepburn as Eliza Doolittle in the film version of MY FAIR LADY, despite Julie Andrews' Broadway success in the role. And, incredibly, W Bs' first choices for THE MUSIC MAN were Cary Grant and Bing Crosby, not Robert Preston, who had enjoyed a big Broadway hit in that role. This time, cooler heads prevailed, and Preston win the part for the movie.
Jerry 5 months ago
Hey guys, is this the bee moving with Grizzly Adams?
Carl_N_Brown Jerry 5 months ago
Yep. Dan Haggerty vs the Savage Bees in "Terror Out of the Sky".
Catbat Jerry 5 months ago
Yep! I love Grizzly Adams. Have you ever seen Elves?
Jerry Catbat 5 months ago
Once, but I was having a few shrooms too
Jerry Catbat 5 months ago
Um., I haven't watched that movie Catbat
daleuhlmann 5 months ago
Did anybody see Wednesday's T Z, "What's in the Box?" It starred William Demarest and Joan Blondell as a battling married couple, and Sterling Holloway as a mysterious TV repairman. It's one of several episodes in which Rod Serling satirized the medium that employed him in as a writer. Other episodes in which Serling bit the hand that fed him include "Static," "Showdown with Rance McGrew," and, especially, "The Bard."
Flyboy daleuhlmann 5 months ago
"YONKERS! YONKERS! YONKERS!"...nothing says "happiness" like Joan BLondell going out a window...LOL
MADave 5 months ago
Goodnight dear bloggers see you tomorrow
daleuhlmann MADave 5 months ago
Good night, David.
Catbat MADave 5 months ago
Good night David .See you in the morning.
daleuhlmann 5 months ago
I wonder if Me TV plans to air a full week of GUNSMOKE episodes this upcoming week in tribute to Burt Reynolds. It could also air the hour-long TWILIGHT ZONE episode "The Bard," which features Reynolds in a supporting role, this Sunday.
daleuhlmann 5 months ago
Burt Reynolds was definitely a show business icon. He could have had an even greater career, though, if he had not turned down three choice roles that were offered him: Hans Solo in STAR WARS, Garrett Breedlove, Shirley MacLaine's astronaut lover in TERMS OF ENDEARMENT, and Randy McMurphy in ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST. It's difficult to think of anybody else in those parts but Harrison Ford and Jack Nicholson, but I think Reynolds would have done a good job in his own way.
daleuhlmann daleuhlmann 5 months ago
Incidentally, Kirk Douglas played McMurphy in the original Broadway run of OFOTCN. He was bitterly disappointed that he was not cast in the Milos Forman film. As good as Douglas was in the stage role, the producers wanted a younger, more bankable name in Jack Nicholson, a decision that the veteran actor seethed over for years.
Dogman 5 months ago
Just wanted to check in and say hi all. Looking forward to tomorrow night. Raven woman please continue to post your pictures as they they are very enjoyable.
Matt 5 months ago
Alright everybody relax I'm here.
Catbat Matt 5 months ago
It's about time. Haha
daleuhlmann Matt 5 months ago
You still will be counted as tardy--ha-ha!😉
DrClayton Matt 5 months ago
1 hour study hall detention!
daleuhlmann DrClayton 5 months ago
Better yet, Double Secret Probation!
Jerry Matt 5 months ago
Whew! It's about time
Lynn daleuhlmann 5 months ago
Whoa! Cracking down for the beginning of the term, Professor?
daleuhlmann 5 months ago
During the early part of M*A*S*H' s first season, you will see Alan Alda wearing a floppy hat that you will never see him wear again. It was the same kind of hat that Donald Sutherland's Hawkeye wore in the 1970 M*A*S*H movie. Later ditching the hat was one sign of the series finding its own way, apart from the movie. Similarly, those first few episodes retained many multiple characters from the movie, such as additional swamp mates Ugly John, Spearchucker Jones, etc., as well as additional members of the nursing staff, such as Nurse Dish (another holdover from the movie). Instead of enhancing the series, all those additional characters did was to clutter the show and disrupt the focus on the main cast members, Hawkeye, Trapper John, Henry Blake, "Hot Lips" Hoolihan, Frank Burns, Radar, and Father Mulchay. Wisely, then. the writers decided to trim the cast.
daDoctah daleuhlmann 5 months ago
Was that the style I like to think of as a "Gilligan hat"? Like the one James Hong always seems to be wearing whenever I see him nowadays?
scottieO 5 months ago
MoonBEEam me up Scotty.

Catbat scottieO 5 months ago
No Scotty anymore 😭
scottieO Catbat 5 months ago
The five year mission ended early.
scottieO scottieO 5 months ago
I think when the original Star Trek ended there was a letter writing effort to keep it on, but it was not to bee.
1MikeM 5 months ago
Happy Friday y'all!
Catbat 1MikeM 5 months ago
Sven is almost here!
Catbat 5 months ago
By the way gang Kodak Kid is having technical difficulties logging on, but he's trying.
Lynn Catbat 5 months ago
I had a tiny bit of trouble yesterday, but resolved it fairly quickly. Good luck, Kodak!
DrClayton Catbat 5 months ago
MADave DrClayton 5 months ago
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