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The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T

Released 1953
Distributor Columbia

Columbia Pictures chief Harry Cohn never forgave producer Stanley Kramer for this early Dr. Suess fantasy that was supposed to be another Wizard of Oz but turned out more like Willie Wonka as directed by Liberace. One of the stranger major studio “family” films, with subtexts you just don’t wanna know about. Seuss once claimed that Kramer actually directed most of the picture after director Roy Rowland fell ill.

About Joe Dante

Joe Dante is a lifelong film buff who turned his obsession into a career.  He got his start cutting trailers for Roger Corman and later directed the hit movie Gremlins, as well as Gremlins 2: The New Batch, for producer Steven Spielberg. His feature films include The Howling, Innerspace, Matinee, Small Soldiers, The ‘burbs and the 3-D thriller titled The Hole, first winner of the 3D Persol Award at the Venice Film Festival. His TV directing work includes:  the HBO film, The Second Civil War, the “Masters of Horrors” titles,  Homecoming and The Screwfly Solution, episodes of Eerie, Indiana , which he was in on the creation of, as well as episodes of CSI: NY, Hawaii 5-0 and Salem. His latest feature, the zom-com Burying the Ex, is currently available on VOD.