In this mock-documentary, John Cleese narrates a series of sketches on irritation -- types and techniques. Included are parents irritating their children, old ladies irritating movie-goers ... See full summary »
Defence attorney /
British pedestrian /
Mr. Harrison (Apricot) /
The Colonel /
'Hell's Grannies' policeman /
Jimmy Blankensop /
Sir Edward Ross /
Restaurant patron #1 /
Letter Writer /
Oliver St. John Mollusk /
Town Guild Lady
Marriage Counselor /
Arthur Nudge /
Self-defence student #4 (interested in pointed sticks) /
'Hell's Grannies' analyst /
Arthur Wilson /
Arthur Wilson Two /
Nightclub Emcee /
First General /
Restaurant Manager /
Lingerie Shop Owner /
Accountant #1 (falling past the window) /
Fairy Godmother /
Rita Fairbanks /
Simon Zinc Trumpet Harris /
Lady With Cookbook
A collection of re-filmed sketches from the first and second series of the cult TV comedy show "Monty Python's Flying Circus". Includes such classics as "Nudge, Nudge", "Hell's Grannies", "Killer Cars", "Dead Parrot", "Lumberjack Song", "Blackmail" and "Upper Class Twit of the Year". Written by
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Shot between the first and second seasons of Monty Python's Flying Circus (1969), this film contains several sketches that had been written for the second season but not yet performed, including the "Hungarian Phrasebook" sketch. See more »
During the mountaineer sketch, Eric Idle clearly breaks character and suppresses laughter when John Cleese reads from the dictionary. See more »
In this picture, there are forty-seven people. None of them can be seen. In this film, we hope to show you how not to be seen. This is Mr E.R. Bradshaw of Napier Court, Black Lion Road, London, SE14. He cannot be seen. Now I'm going to ask him to stand up. Mr Bradshaw, will you stand up, please?
[Mr Bradshaw stands up and is shot]
This demonstrates the value of not being seen.
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After the opening theme song, a "THE END" screen comes up, and stage manager Terry Jones apologises for the brevity of the film. See more »
Very good introduction to the insane world of Monty Python
Produced in 1971 on a shoestring budget with the aim of breaking the Python team in the States (which eventually happened when the TV series began running on PBS), this film consists of classic moments from the first two series of Monty Python's Flying Circus, lovingly reprised, and in some cases improved upon. The 'Vocational Guidance Counsellor' sketch with Michael Palin's chartered accountant who wants to be a lion tamer is certainly better than the TV version, as is the bank robber in a lingerie shop sketch, which is performed here in such a dry, straight-faced, understated way, it makes me laugh every time. There are lots of other classics to enjoy - the dirty fork, Hell's Grannies, the Upper Class Twit of the Year show, Blackmail, camp square-bashing, the Killer Cars...if you can look past the obviously low budget (the sound mix makes some scenes sound as if they were recorded in a cake tin), you'll find one of the most tirelessly inventive sketch comedies of all time. And remember, it's NOT pining, it's passed on!
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