This is an early Dr. Seuss project. The sets were designed by Dr. Seuss, and the lyrics written by him. And it is based on one of his books. Tony and I watched it together, and we both agreed, too much dancing made it boring in spots.
Bart Collins (Tommy Rettig) has a good life, but he has one drawback, his overbearing piano teacher. His piano teacher likes piano music, but no other instrument, and not other sport or activity. Bart is one for dreaming. He dreams when he should be practicing his piano. He daydreams a complex scenario in which Dr. Terwilliker (Hans Conried), the piano teacher, plans to employ 500 boys all playing on a super-duper piano of his invention at the same time, can you imagine a 500 seat piano. He is going to hold the 500 boy piano players in virtual prison to play a song he has written for the occasion. Bart, with the help of his plumber; it would be his mother (Mary Healy) but Terwilliker is controlling his mother through a hypnotic potion. Collins comes up with an atomic sound stopping canister. Of course being atomic, it is subject to blow up. Of course that is when Bart wakes up, and they try to unravel the mess, as Bart wants to skip out on piano practicing and play baseball, and for his mother to marry the plumber. A cute premise, and even though Tony was entertained generally, there were some boring parts.
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