German professor goes where Hollywood wouldn’t
After being heavily edited before its release in 1953, the archival soundtrack of Dr. Seuss’ only live action film, “The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T,” has been restored with help from Alan Lareau, German professor at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh.
Lareau heard about the film while writing his dissertation on Frederick Hollander’s work in Germany. A friend of Lareaus’s then suggested he research Hollander’s work in the U.S.
Hollander, an internationally recognized German composer, fled Hitler and came to Hollywood in 1933. “The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T” was one of his last and most ambitious American film scores.