THE 5,000 FINGERS OF DR. T (Roy Rowland, 1953)

“Children seldom have a choice in parents.” The key to understanding Roy Rowland’s The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T, which Stanley Kramer produced, lies in a comparison of children’s piano instructor Dr. T—Dr. Terwilliker (Hans Conreid)—in 11-year-old reluctant tutee Bartholomew Collins’s reality and his nightmarish daydreams. Terwilliker is pretty much the same in both, which […]

I MARRIED A WITCH (René Clair, 1942)

“Every man who marries marries ‘the wrong woman.’” A brilliantly funny performance in The Royal Family of Broadway (George Cukor, Cyril Gardner, 1930) brought movie stardom to Fredric March, who rarely, though memorably, performed comical roles thereafter, for instance, in Wild Bill Wellman’s Nothing Sacred (1937) opposite Carole Lombard. But a very funny March is […]