Saturday March 10, 2018
The 5,000 Fingers of Dr T (1953)
Burma Shave: Hey can anybody give me some topic sentences for the following thesis?:
Burma Shave: "In The Black Cat (1934), Edgar G. Ulmer utilizes German Expressionist influence from working at UAF within a Studio System production to create a suspenseful horror film that benefits from the absence of the soon-to-be-implemented Code by having the freedom to explore dark themes."
CucamongaDan joined the chat
CucamongaDan: that sounds like a good topic sentence already.
CucamongaDan: shouldn't it be in past tense though- it was 84 years ago
CucamongaDan: maybe you need to focus on whether your main idea is his expressionist influence from UAF, or the benefits of precodeness to exploration of dark themes
CucamongaDan: or maybe the focus is what an outrageous relic is the film. What made that possible? And those are the two main things.
Number13 joined the chat
Number13: hi dan!
CucamongaDan: hi 13!
CucamongaDan: watching Dr. T?
Number13: i put it on now
CucamongaDan: I hope you're recording it too
CucamongaDan: seen it before?
Number13: i'm looking forward to it
Number13: do you have a link for it?
CucamongaDan: it's not a great film, but an amazing one
CucamongaDan: I have a copy, haven't checked for a link
CucamongaDan: since its been all about Dr. Seuss in schools where i sub at since his birthday March 2 is a national library and reading celebration anymore, I learned some things
Number13: I'm not sure why i haven't heard of this movie
CucamongaDan: I was looking at some kid's time line and learned his first book To Think it Happened on Mulberry Street came out in 1954- so this movie was a coiuple years before that!
Number13: this movie was before his first kid's book?
CucamongaDan: I remember my mom and oldest sister laughing about it, and hearing how lots of kids getting piano lessons they weren't sure they wanted could relate to it
Number13: it's a musical?
CucamongaDan: curious what sven has to say about it, it's always seemed like an oddball film to me
CucamongaDan: yeah lots of music, of course Dr. T hates all the non-piano instruments
Number13: looks odd
Burma Shave joined the chat
CucamongaDan: hi burma!
CucamongaDan: I wrote your paper for you, scroll up
Burma Shave: Number 13 help me do my essay
Number13: hi burma
Burma Shave: I choose to write about the Black Cat for a History of Film essay.
Burma Shave: Help me develop my main points for me because I'm lazy
Number13: i'm sick and my head isn't working right, but I can try
Burma Shave: I have a good strong thesis but I just need some ideas for the main points of the paragraphs.
Burma Shave: "In The Black Cat (1934), Edgar G. Ulmer utilizes German Expressionist influence from working at UAF within a Studio System production to create a suspenseful horror film that benefits from the absence of the soon-to-be-implemented Code by having the freedom to explore dark themes. "
Burma Shave: That's my thesis.
CucamongaDan: oh okay Burma, sounds like you got the ideas for two of your body paragraphs,need maybe 1 or 2 more? I'm not much of an expert on that film. But a guy getting skinned alive has got to be good supporting evidence of something.
Burma Shave: I wish we had a hall of fame for quotes from this chat.
Burma Shave: "But a guy getting skinned alive has got to be good supporting evidence of something." is golden.
CucamongaDan: haha maybe 4C can print that on the board
CucamongaDan: well I need to make some dinner. Should be back in time for most or all of Batman. then west coast Sven
Number13: he's going to sacrifice the girl in a satanic ritual, probably raised eyebrows
Burma Shave: (honestly Pete will hog the spotlight if we make a chat quote hall of fame) (that man is too damn witty)
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FCF: Is Burma's paper for school, college?
Number13: burma makes her papers cool
Burma Shave: Yes, it's for a class on the history of motion pictures.
Burma Shave: After a boring unit on the avant garde French 1920's films the introduction of the Motion Picture Production code is a breath of fresh air, frankly.
FCF: those pretentious Frenchies, heh
CucamongaDan: back- guess i'm almost out of luck for batman though
CucamongaDan: thought I had em all- but I never got copies of season 3 eps 33-37
Burma Shave: When's the film start?
Number13: half hour
Burma Shave: is the black cat homoerotic
Number13: what was for dinner, dan?
CucamongaDan: vegetable soup- almost done
FCF: I guess the scene with Karloff tied up could be, Burma, though never seemed that way to me. Eye of the beholder.
Number13: they do play that game of chess a very long time
Number13: a checkmating ritual
Number13: lol batman almost got busted
Number13: the cat in the hat movie is so bad
VenusFly joined the chat
FCF: Hey Venus
FCF: Dr Seuss brought Venus in for chat
VenusFly: It does look interesting, I'll say that.
CucamongaDan: hi Venus!
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CucamongaDan: I was standing in a school library looking at McElligot's Pool the other day- hadn't looked at it for 50 years, but the pictures sure stuck with me
FCF: I dont remember McElligot's Pool, the main Seuss books I saw were A Cat in the Hat, and Green Eggs and Ham. Green Ham and Eggs?
FCF: and the great Grinch cartoon of course
gninruBiS: Oh! Am I the only one watching batman?
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gninruBiS: Guess not.
Number13: I had a bunch of seuss books, my mom read them to me when I was young
Burma Shave: tell me when the movie itself starts
CucamongaDan: will do
Monsterpal: I love this movie.
Number13: "a truly bizarre movie"
Number13: cool, mp
CucamongaDan: its just insane
gninruBiS: I missed it
crabmonster: any monsters yet?
FCF: tonight was my first time seeing it (the part I saw on Sven earlier)
Number13: I hadn't heard of it until this
FCF: paused on the Columbia lady
VenusFly: The studio eliminated 11 songs? Oh the humanity.
Burma Shave: has it started yet?
CucamongaDan: Ive seen it more than once but don't remember the skating beard guys
CucamongaDan: movie starting
FCF: I am a big fan of The Seven Faces of Dr Lao, though
Number13: movie starting
CucamongaDan: it was going to be the 5,000 Songs of Dr. T
Number13: I have a feeling I'm going to like this a lot
crabmonster: never saw this
FCF: Hans Conried, he is always fun
VenusFly: You like everything. It does seem cool.
FCF: Roy Rowland
Monsterpal: Little Tommy was Lassie's first TV boy.
FCF: is this Invaders from Mars?
VenusFly: Did David Lynch do this?
Number13: I love this!
FCF: Dr Seuss was the David Lynch of 1953 maybe
FCF: wake up!
FCF: Hans Conried! Dr T, piano teacher
Number13: "I was being chased by the subway guy"
FCF: wow, he even wrote the (piano) book
FCF: Nice 50s look, the lady's outfit, the kid's shirt. 50s and early 60s look.
FCF: cooking in full makeup
VenusFly: Let's get this kid a record deal. The mom too!
Number13: "Hi Heddy."
Monsterpal: Nice color.
VenusFly: Well, the mom can do the singing.
Number13: yes it has a nice look to it
FCF: 10! sing it! 10!
Burma Shave: kid's right
FCF: Terwilliker...easier to say Dr T
Number13: breaky as the kid is going back to sleep Ma
VenusFly: Sounds like the studio really messed with this production.
FCF: I think they did, probably thought Seuss was too weird
CucamongaDan: I remember seeing Gerald McBoingBoing in the theater when we were kids, we thought it was the cleverest cartoon ever, and had no idea it was almost 20 years old by then
Burma Shave: WAIT IS THIS HANS CONRAID
Monsterpal: Did he have a dog named Manfred?
FCF: yep, Burma
FCF: Hans is Terwilliker, Dr T
Burma Shave: weeeeeeeeeiiiiiiiiirrrrrrrrrrrrrdddddddd
CucamongaDan: Hans seemed to gravitate to a lot of really weird stuff
FCF: yeah, not long ago you posted Hans talking with Rod Serling, Burma
FCF: BIG piano now
Burma Shave: like what really weird stuff Dan
CucamongaDan: T conductiong
VenusFly: That would take a while to tune.
FCF: its like a long curvy bar of piano keys
Number13: cool set
CucamongaDan: (Dan posted an image from THE TWONKY, starring Hans Conried)
Number13: he reminds me of trelane for some reason
FCF: nice outfit, Dr T
FCF: oh yeah, we chatted The Twonky, with Hans Conried
FCF: pretty weird flick
CucamongaDan: fractured Flickers was quite the offbeat show
Burma Shave: when are we gonna rechat the twonky?
Number13: it's good to have a good hand on your shoulders
Number13: I'd vote for it again
CucamongaDan: i dunno but i hope we get a decent copy
CucamongaDan: the guards remind me of Santa Claus Conquers the Martians
Number13: that's always a good thing, dan
VenusFly: Stairway to Heaven
FCF: climbing the ladder
Monsterpal: The plumber was in a Hitchcock Hour with Lillian Gish.
crabmonster: brown jacket
Number13: some sets remind me of the city in 1924 thief of bagdad
CucamongaDan: oh I need to watch that then- is that the animated one?
FCF: I can't recognize that plumber guy from anything, drats. could just be a plumber to me.
Number13: no live action
Number13: he's actively participating in using his imagination while inside of his dream
Monsterpal: He was married little lady playing mom.
crabmonster: Behold Eck!
VenusFly: Can't believe they cut 11 songs from this.
FCF: the studio did? yikes
Burma Shave: why are plumber man's eyes so creepily blue
Burma Shave: is it the technicolor?
VenusFly: Yes the studio had to get their 5000 fingers all over it. Big shots.
Next time...THE MAD MAGICIAN (1954).