DVD Tuesday A childrens movie to give adults nightmares dare to enter the mindscape of Dr Suess via The 5000 Fingers of Dr TIm not a huge fan of most childrens films and never have been but The 5000 Fingers of Dr T 1953 is a mind-boggler and as regular FlickChick readers know I love having my mind boggledRegular suburban kid Bartholomew Bart Collins Tommy Rettig star of TVs Lassie OK co-star hates taking piano lessons and really hates his paino teacher the tyrannical Dr Terwilliker Hans Conried Hed rather be playing baseball or hanging out with Mr Zabladowski Peter Lind Hayes the plumber who always seems to fixing something in the Collins house But Barts widowed mother Heloise Mary Healy believes piano lessons build character so theres no getting out of them Hence Tommys extended nightmare which lasts most of the movie about being trapped in the bizarre world of the Terwilliker Institute where Dr T has built a mread more
Question: Let's go wayyyyy back to the '50s. I'm looking for a show about a little girl named Eloise who lived in the penthouse of the Plaza in New York City. I really want to know who the actress was and what program that was. My sister thinks it was a Playhouse 90 or Hallmark Theatre production. I'd really appreciate any info you could dig up. Thanks.
Answer: Your sister's a sharp one, Phyllis. Hang on to her.
In 1956, Playhouse 90 presented Eloise, a live broadcast based on author and performer Kay Thompson's popular character, who first appeared in book form. Young Evelyn Rudie played the titular girl, a popular fictional New Yorker who did indeed live at the famed Plaza. Cast members included Hans Conried and Louis Jordan, while Thompson, Ethel Barrymore, Monty Wooley and Conrad Hilton played themselves.
Reviews were tepid at best, and Tread more