A sketch about the Ministry of Silly Walks. Also: a British minister---attired in a pink tulle dress---talks about housing; 30 gas-company men investigate the installation of a stove; a giant hedgehog wanders London.

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Minister for Home Affairs / Second Gas Man / Silly Walker / French City Gent / Anthony Viney / Vince Snetterton-Lewis / Mrs. O'Tracey / A Criminologist / Policeman
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The Announcer / Sir Vincent 'Kill the Chaps' Foster / Third Gas Man / Mr. Teabags, the Minister of Silly Walks / Silly Walker / Brian Trubshawe / 'Ethel the Frog' Presenter / Gloria / Theatre Critic for the 'Western Daily News'
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Face the Press' Interviewer / Fourth Gas Man / Customer / BBC Announcer / First Interviewer / Stig O'Tracey / Theatre Critic for the 'Bath Chronicle
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Mrs. G. Pinnet / Shopkeeper / Silly Walker / Second Interviewer / Superintendant Harry 'Snapper' Organs / Man with a cake stand screwed to his pelvis
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It's Man / First Gas Man / Mr. Pudey / Silly Walker / Jean-Brian Zatapathique / Mrs. April Simmel / Luigi Vercotti
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Fifth Gas Man / Second Policeman / Spiney Norman
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Sixth Gas Man
John Hughman ...
Loony / Seventh Gas Man
Stanley Mason ...
Eighth Gas Man
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A sketch about the Ministry of Silly Walks. Also: a British minister---attired in a pink tulle dress---talks about housing; 30 gas-company men investigate the installation of a stove; a giant hedgehog wanders London.

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15 September 1970 (UK)  »

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In the Prostitute Advert sketch, two of the posted advertisements on the door of the shop read, "To Let: 10 PM bedsit or new packing case for three persons of large proportions"; and, "Wanted: 2 rooms with view of sewer. Need not be best view. Partial sufficient." See more »

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The Announcer: When the Pyrannas left school they were called up, but were found by an Army board to be too mentally unstable, even for national service. Denied the opportunity to use their talents in the service of their county, they began to operate what they called The Operation. They would select a victim, and then threaten to beat him up if he paid them the so called protection money. Four months later they started another operation, which they called The Other Operation. In this racket they selected ...
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La Marseillaise
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Written by Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle
Hummed by John Cleese and Michael Palin
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Ministry of Silly Walks, my favorite Monty Python sketch
18 April 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

After seeing this episode twice in a row, I concluded that this is the best flying circus episode(in my opinion, off course). John Cleese's performance as the minister of silly walks was sublime; his facial expression completely disconnected from his body's actions, as if walking silly was an actual daily activity. Praise must come as well to Michael Pâlin who maintained a straight face through the complete sketch. Granham Chapman as the criminologist was hilarious as well, using physical expressions to counterpoint what he is saying in his dialog. Eric Idle as always makes me crack up by maintaining his terrific cheerful attitude to counterpoint the brutal events described during the Dinsdale sketch. Terry Gilliam's links through the cartoons in the episode were phenomenal; some of his best work, and thats including magnificent pictures such as Brazil and 12 Monkeys. Terry Jones was great as well as Ms. Pinnit, but was definitely opaqued by the other performances.


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