The Elecktronick Tyger Roares
11 November 2005
  Work for the Happy Fingers Method must go on!
Today, kiddies, we are going to talk about Bill's tribute to the 5000 fingers of dr. t (sic)a site devoted to one of the quirkier children's films ever released.

Way back in 1953, Stanley Kramer somehow ended up producing a musical comedy which, even fifty-two years later, looking back, has some rather ... odd ... moments and lyrics.

I mean, one wonders how the producer of films like Guess Who's Coming to Dinner, Judgment at Nuremberg, Inherit the Wind, On the Beach, The Caine Mutiny, The Wild One and High Noon, just to take a quick sampling of his IMDB page, wound up involved with a film in which the title character's big number goes:

Come on and dress me, dress me, dress me in my finest array
‘Cause just in case you haven’t heard, today is doe-me-doe day!
Dress me in my silver garters, dress me in my diamond studs
‘Cause I’m going doe-me-doing in my doe-me-doe duds!

I want my undulating undies with the maribou frills
I want by beautiful bolero with the porcupine quills
I want my purple nylon girdle with the orange-blossom buds
‘Cause I’m going doe-me-doing in my doe-me-doe duds!

Come on and dress me, dress me, dress me in my peek-a-boo blouse
With the lovely inner lining made of Chesapeake mouse
I want my polka-dotted dickie with the crinoline fringe

For I’m going doe-me-doing on a doe-me-doe binge!
I want my lavender spats, and in addition to them
I want my honey-colored corset with the herringbone hem
I want my softest little jacket made of watermelon suede
I want my long persimmon placket with the platinum braid
I want my leg-of-mutton sleeves, and in addition to those
I want my cutie chamois booties with the leopard-skin bows
I want my pink brocaded bodice with the floofy, fuzzy ruffs
And my gorgeous bright-blue bloomers with the monkey-feather cuffs
I want my organdy snood, and in addition to that
I want my chiffon Mother Hubbard lined with Hudson Bay rat
Dress me up from top to bottom, dress me up from tip to toe
Dress me up in silk and spinach, for today is my doe-me-doe day!
So come and dress me in the blossoms of a million pink trees
Come on and dress me up in liverwurst and camembert cheese
Dress me up in pretzels, dress me up in bock-beer suds
‘Cause I’m going doe-me-doing in my doe-me-doe duds!.

Well, he did. If you haven't already guessed, the film is The 5000 Fingers of Dr T, starring Peter Lind Hayes, Hand Conried, Tommy Rettig and Mary Healey.

And written by, with lyrics by and set designs by Dr Seuss.

Can you say "Extremely odd", children? Sure... i knew you could.

("Undulating undies"? Eeew. I think we sold those in the porn store where i worked once.)

Anyway, if you remember the film, you either love it or hate it -- there's very little middle ground here, i've found.

And one of the people who falls far far over on the "loves it" side, i discovered some time back, is "Bill" -- i can't find his last name on his website anywhere, but his AOL screenname leads me to suspect it may be "Seivadj" or some variant thereof

Bill is the man behind an almost spookily obsessive "Dr T" website; one of his projects is to a "director's cut" of the movie, which was apparently massively cut and re-sequenced by the studio (there are something like six or seven songs which were recorded bu didn't wind up in the film., and Kramer once said that they had like 2:20 of material but the studio demanded a film under 1:45); he's also trying to put together a documentary on the film.

If there's anything you need or want to know about "Dr T", it's either here or dropping Bill a line will put you on the right path -- or it's just not out there.

That is, it's here if you can find it -- i have to say that it's about the most cluttered and difficult-to-navigate sites i've ever encountered. And that includes my own.

But for "Dr T" fans, it's the only game in town...

(Incidentally, the best film version of any Seuss book i've ever seen is a ten-minute short of Horton Hatches the Egg, done in 1942 at Warner Bros' "Termite Terrace"(!), directed by Bob Clampett and featuring work by Chuck Jones and Bob McKimson; it's available on a DVD Dr Seuss compilation that Warner put out in 2003 to attempt to cash in on the anticipated popularity of Dr Seuss films after the live-action and Grinch and Cat in the Hat abhominations.
Comments: Post a Comment

Links to this post:

Create a Link

<< Home
My interests are broadranging -- comics, music, movies and good ol' science fiction mostly dominate. My Five Most Favouritest Films are (this week) Once Upon A Time in the West, Dark Star, O Lucky Man, Day for Night and Whatever I Watched Recently That Was Good. Currently that's Day for Night.

My Photo
Name: mike weber
Location: gainesville, Georgia, United States

Latter fifties, married, out of work (had knee surgery and haven't gotten back to work); my (step) son-in-law is back from Iraq, but a lot of boys are still over there. Support our troops -- throw the Republicans out!

November 2005 / December 2005 / January 2006 / February 2006 / March 2006 / April 2006 / May 2006 / July 2006 / August 2006 / September 2006 / October 2006 / February 2007 / August 2007 /

  • Baby pics; My [step] granddaughter.
  • Experiments in stereo (3D) imaging
  • Cowboy Mouth: Butt-Kickin' New Orleans Rock'n'Roll
  • Fairport Convention -- Pretty much the founders of modern Brit folk-rock
  • The Radio Ranch: Dick ("Chickenman") Orkin's freelance radio production facility
  • Laire of the Elecktronick Tyger -- my Web Page, such as it is. Book, movie, CD and comics reviews
  • My Amazon profile. Read my reviews. Buy things.
  • Long John Baldry: Arguably the most important force in the early days of British Blues.
  • Dark Star (DVD) -- See where George Lucas got some of his ideas.
  • Fallen Angel (TPB) Collects the first 6 (of 20) issues of the DC run.
  • Google News
  • The Nutbar Files:
  • 911: The "True" Story
  • A Typical "Moon Hoax" site
  • Powered by Blogger

    This requires a Java-enabled browser.
    Terror Alert Level
    Alert Level
    Cost of the War in Iraq to Date
    (JavaScript Error)

    Try - share your musical tastes, find others who share them, and generally interact in a music-oriented on-line community.

    My Blogroll
    (some ringers)

    DISCLAIMER: Unless unambiguously noted, all opinions expressed on this blog are those of the owner/author.  ***   The author's opinions do not represent those of his employers (if he had any), nor of anyone else beside himself, including his wife, mother, step-daughter or infant step-grand-daughter.  ***   All original material is copyrighted and property of the author.  If you use it at least have the decency to give me credit for it.  Don’t steal it or I reserve the right to irritate you to heck and back, to tell everyone in the blogosphere you're a big poopyhead, or even to sue.  ***   Other info may have been copyrighted by someone else; the author believes that such work as is quoted here does not exceed reasonable "fair use" of any such copyrighted material as provided for in section 107 of the US Copyright Law. In accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107, the material on this site is distributed without profit to those who have expressed a prior interest in receiving the included information for research and educational purposes..  ***   Opinions in comments or trackbacks are not mine, so if you have a problem with those, sorry, I can’t help you.  Did the jerk you're honked off with leave a URL or e-mail? If so, go bug him.  ***   Anyone mentioned in relation to a crime is innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.  ***   Contact: fairportfan AT All e-mails are presumed to be for publication on the site unless I am specifically told otherwise.  ***   All comments are subject to deletion, revision or derision should the author find them offensive, irrelevant or just simply take a dislike to you.  ***   Trolling is not tolerated.  Trolls will be savagely mocked one time and then ignored.  ***   This disclaimer modeled (with extra added snarkiness) on that of "Queer Conservative".