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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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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.)
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.
According to Dr. Seuss, the film's creator and co-writer, one of the 150 boys vomited on the piano while filming. This caused a chain reaction and they were left with 150 vomiting boys. Dr. Seuss said that the film's reviews were similar.
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