Whammy Duel

Here’s something you’ve probably seen but forgotten. It’s the “Whammy Duel” from the incredible 1953 film The 5000 Fingers of Dr. T, written by Theodore Seuss Geisel (AKA Dr. Seuss.) The only working filmmakers that come close to this sort of inspired and choreographed silliness are Tim Burton and Henry Selick, who probably owe this film big time, and know it.

Most of the audience are reported to have walked out 15 minutes into the premiere. Dumbasses. Seuss apparently hated the end product although I can’t figure why. Maybe it wasn’t weird enough even for him.

Dig the crazy theremin! Hans Conried (as Dr. T) is one of those people you remember for their performances, even if you don’t recall the name, sort of  like Paul Frees or June Foray.

I think the DVD is in print and of course there are other clips from the film at youtube and elsewhere. I sure hope someone doesn’t get it in their head to do a remake of this film and ruin it.

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3 responses to “Whammy Duel

  1. You can get the audio here:
    http://www.thereminvox.com/filemanager/list/5/

    Scroll down to “Hypnotic Duel.” Unless you can record a better quality rip?

  2. yung guy

    you’re welcome. no biggie in the slightest. know what you SHOULD do? digitize your beta copy of little shop. you know, with the real ending? in color? my vhs ate the fuck out of the copy that i got offa you (that was a pretty dark night) and, as far as i know you’re the only person in the entire world that owns the summabitch. be a balsy guy, dude. monstro geeks might not know it but theys be waiting for it.

    and. not for nothing but it would pretty cool if you tipped your hat to me. just once. it’s not like i made your life a living hell or anything. i’m thinking the http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Long_John_Nebel thing was a skate.

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