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.