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"Dr. Seuss" was the pen name of Theodor Geisel, animator, cartoonist and author of numerous children's books. According to an item in Hollywood Reporter, twins Robert and John Heasley, who had previously skated with former Olympic champion and actress Sonja Henie and reached acclaim as a skating act, came out of retirement to appear in the film. Radio, stage and television star Peter Lind Hayes, whose previous film was the 1948 release The Senator Was Indiscreet, returned to Hollywood for The 5000 Fingers of Dr. T. with his wife and co-star, Mary Healy. Another Hollywood Reporter item indicates that director Roy Rowland made a cameo appearance in the film as a doorman. The film was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Musical Score.