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The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T (1953) was a Family - Fantasy Film directed by Roy Rowland and produced by Stanley Kramer.

Academy Awards 1953 --- Ceremony Number 26 (source: AMPAS)

AwardRecipientResult
Best Music - ScoringFrederick Hollander, Morris StoloffNominated
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Dr. Terwilliker: [singing] I want my lavender spats!


Bart Collins: I don't think the piano is my instrument.
Dr. Terwilliker: What other instruments are there, pray tell? Scratchy violins, screechy piccolos, nauseating trumpets, et cetera, et cetera?


Dr. Terwilliker: "the idiotic cock-eyed flum-dummery"


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According to producer Stanley Kramer, the film's budget would only allow him to hire 150 boys for the piano sequence, instead of the 500 boys he intended to use. When he threatened them with dismissal after they misbehaved, many of them stood up and cheered.
When Bart and Mr. Zadlabowski are taken to the dungeon via elevator, there is no reference to a third floor dungeon by the Elevator Operator. The third stanza of the Elevator Operator's song was cut due to increasingly horrific lyrics referring to "household appliances". The complete deleted stanza went as follows: "Third floor dungeon/Household appliances/Spiked beds/Electric chairs/Gas chambers/ /Roasting pots/And scalping devices." (The reference to "gas chambers" was probably regarded as in bad taste since the film was made so soon after World War II and the Holocaust.)
The words Bart recites while making the blood oath with Mr. Zabladowski are word-for-word from the Scout Law of the Boy Scouts of America. (Trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, etc.)
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