Category Archives: 1950s

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 ┬álike 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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Linda Laurie On TV!

Still trying to figure out how to activate my FTP again to post more audio, but here is a link to a 1959 appearance by singer Linda Laurie on To Tell The Truth. Laurie recorded some very strange music, including my personal favorites “Ambrose Pt. 5” and “Jose, He Say,” both of which I own on vinyl 45s. Check out her scary “Ambrose” voice at 6:10! Kind of makes you wonder about “possessed” voices, doesn’t it?

Fun Fact: Laurie shared writing credit with amazing exotica composer/ bandleader Jimmie Haskell for the theme song to Land of the Lost!

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Filed under 1950s, Camp, Comedy