Monty Python's Flying Circus: Season 1, Episode 3

How to Recognise Different Types of Trees from Quite a Long Way Away (19 Oct. 1969)

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Court Scene, The Larch, Bicycle Repair Man, Children's Stories, Restaurant Sketch, Seduced Milkmen, Stolen News Reader, Children's Interview, and Nudge Nudge.

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Mrs. Fiona Lewis / Inspector Dim of the Yard / Second Superman / Man
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Voice Over #1 / Mr. Bartlett / American Commentator / First Superman / Mungo the Cook / Newsreader / Interviewer
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Harold Larch / Storyteller / Manager / Eric / Norman Nudge
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It's Man / Cardinal Richelieu / F.G. Superman / Bicycle Repair Man / Compère / Head Waiter / Michael
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Court Scene, The Larch, Bicycle Repair Man, Children's Stories, Restaurant Sketch, Seduced Milkmen, Stolen News Reader, Children's Interview, and Nudge Nudge.

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The original title of this episode was the much shorter "Bunn, Wackett, Buzzard, Stubble and Boot." See more »

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Announcer: [reading] Yes, wherever bicycles are broken, or menaced by International Communism, Bicycle Repair Man is ready! Ready to smash the communists, wipe them up, and shove them off the face of the earth...
[yelling]
Announcer: Mash the dirty red scum! Kick 'em in the teeth where it hurts! Kill! Kill! Kill! Filthy bastards! Commies! I hate 'em, I hate 'em! Aaaah! Aaaah!
Female voice offstage: Norman! Tea's ready!
Announcer: Coming, dear!
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Ride of the Valkyries
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Composed by Richard Wagner
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REVIEW: --- "Monty Python" ( Episode 1.3 )
23 February 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Though the 3rd episode to air in season one, this was actually the earliest Python episode to be filmed (on 8/14/69). This episode contains many good sketches, and is consistently funny from beginning to end, which is something that cannot be said of some of the Python troupe's more classic episodes featuring signature sketches.

Among the best sketches are:

COURTROOM SKETCH: This is an entertaining sketch featuring among other things, the questioning of a dead man in a coffin and a personal appearance by character witness Cardinal Richelieu. ( "Sorry I'm late mi-lord --- I couldn't find a Kosher Car Park." )

BICYCLE REPAIRMAN: In which the average Superman costume wearing citizen, S.G. SUPERMAN becomes BICYCLE REPAIRMAN whenever a bike is in dire need of repair. ( "See how he uses a spanner to tighten that nut!" )

RESTAURANT SKETCH: In which a couple who rather innocently bring a dirty fork to the attention of a waiter set in motion a series of psychotic and chaotic events. Very funny indeed. ( "It's a good thing we didn't mention the dirty knife!" ).

CHILDREN'S STORIES: In which the host of the show encounters (much to his dismay), various pornographic scenarios while reading aloud Children's bed-time stories. ( "With a Melon?" ).

SEDUCING THE MILKMAN: This is a very short sketch, but a classic. An unsuspecting milkman meets a strange fate after being led to the bedroom of a very comely and scantily clad blonde.

KNUDGE, KNUDGE: As close to a signature sketch as you're going to get in this episode, and a very good one. A Seedy, but sharply dressed man makes apparent sexual insinuations and asks rather personal questions concerning the wife of an upper class Englishman. ( " Purley? Purley! --- Saaaaay no MWOOAAH!" )

OVERALL RATING: 9/10.


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