Monty Python's Flying Circus

The BBC Entry For the Zinc Stoat of Budapest

Season 1, Ep 6, Aired 11/23/69
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  • Episode Description
  • Hermit answers phone; credits; Next week: how to fling an otter; BBC expenses on captions; This Week, autograph seeker; animation- autograph & titles for =>; It's the Arts profiles- Johann Gambleputtydevonausfernschpledenschlittcrasscrenbonfriedigger- dingledangledonglebursteinvonknackerthrasherapplebangerhorowitz- ticolensicgranderknottyspelltinklegrandlichgrumblemeyerspelter- wasserkurstlichhimbleeisenbahnwagengutenabendbitteeinnurnburger- bratwurstlegerspurtenmitzweimacheluberhundsfutgumberaberschonend- ankerkalbsfleischmittleraucher Von Hauptkopf of Ulm; animation the fig leaf and the hand; planning a jewel robbery; man in the street interview about robbers; The Whizzo quality assortment of chocolate `Crunchy Frog?!'; dull life of city stockbroker, animation- comic book adventure; Indian massacre at theater; policemen make wonderful friends, `for Mrs. Emma Hamilton of Nelson, a Scotsman on a horse'; animation- a man eating baby carriage, and the 20th Century Vole logo; 20th Century Vole presents Irving C. Saltzberg Jnr. and the Disappearing Writers Sketch; Hermit answers phone and gets fired; Saltzberg credits roll.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • John Cleese

    Various Characters [ series 1 - 3, Deutsche shows & features ]

  • Eric Idle

    Various Characters

  • Graham Chapman

    Various Characters

  • Terry Jones

    Various Characters

  • Terry Gilliam

    Various Characters

  • Fan Reviews (1)
  • Yet more Python goodness, including a scotsman on a horse and the dull life of a stockbroker

    By MagnusDonaldson, Jun 25, 2007

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (6)

    • Inspector Praline: I'm not interested in your sales! I have to protect the general public! Now what about this one? It was number five, wasn't it? Number five - Ram's Bladder Cup. What sort of confection is this? Mr. Milton: We use choicest juicy chunks of fresh Cornish ram's bladder, emptied, steamed, flavored with sesame seeds, whipped into a fondue, and garnished with lark's vomit. Inspector Praline: Lark's vomit? Mr. Milton: Correct. Inspector Praline: Well it don't say nothing about that here! Mr. Milton: Oh, yes it does, on the bottom of the box, after monosodium glutamate. Inspector Praline: Well, I hardly think this is good enough. I think it would be more appropriate if the box bore a large red label: "Warning - Lark's Vomit"! Mr. Milton: Our sales would plummet! Inspector Praline: Well, why don't you move into more conventional areas of confectionery? Like praline or lime cream; a very popular flavor I'm lead to understand. I mean look at this one - "cockroach cluster". "Anthrax ripple"! What's this one? "Spring surprise"? Mr. Milton: Ah - now, that's our specialty - covered in darkest creamy chocolate. When you pop it into your mouth steel bolts spring out and plunge straight through both cheeks. Inspector Praline: Well where's the pleasure in that? If people place a nice chocky in their mouths, they don't want their cheeks pierced. In any case this is an inadequate description of the sweetmeat. I shall have to ask you to accompany me to the station. Mr. Milton: It's a fair cop.

    • Boss: (looking at a blueprint of a building) Right ... this is the plan then. At 10:45, you, Reg, collect me and Ken in the van, and take us round to the British Jewelry Center in the High Street. We will arrive outside the British Jewelry Center at 10:50 a of m. I shall then get out of the car, you Reg, take it and park it back here in Denver Street, right? At 10:51, I shall enter the British Jewelry Center, where you, Vic, disguised as a customer, will meet me and hand me £5.18.3d. At 10:52, I shall approach the counter and purchase a watch costing £5.18.3d. I shall then give the watch to you, Vic. You'll go straight to Norman's Garage in East Street. You lads continue back up here at 10:56 and we rendezvous in the back room at the Cow and Sickle, at 11:15. All right, any questions?

    • Inspector Praline: Next we have number four, "Crunchy Frog". Mr. Milton: Ah, yes. Inspector Praline: Am I right in thinking there's a real frog in here? Mr. Milton: Yes. A little one. Inspector Praline: What sort of frog? Mr. Milton: A dead frog. Inspector Praline: Is it cooked? Mr. Milton: No. Inspector Praline: What, a raw frog? Mr. Milton: We use only the finest baby frogs, dew-picked and flown from Iraq, cleansed in the finest quality spring water, lightly killed, and then sealed in a succulent Swiss quintuple smooth treble cream milk chocolate envelope, and lovingly frosted with glucose. Inspector Praline: That's as may be, but it's still a frog! Mr. Milton: What else? Inspector Praline: Well don't you even take the bones out? Mr. Milton: If we took the bones out, it wouldn't be Crunchy would it?

    • Irving C. Saltzberg: (over the phone, to "It's" Man) What's that? You say you're an out-of-work writer? Well, you're fired! Roll the credits.

    • Opening captions: NEXT WEEK HOW TO FLING AN OTTER THIS WEEK THE BBC ENTRY FOR THE ZINC STOAT OF BUDAPEST (CURRENT AFFAIRS) THESE CAPTIONS COST 12/6d EACH (Cut to Arthur Figgis.) ARTHUR FIGGIS (Lose caption. Pause while nothing happens.) THE SAME, A FEW SECONDS LATER THAT'S £4.7.6 SO FAR ON CAPTIONS ALONE NOT INCLUDING THAT ONE Man: (rushes in) I thought you did that so well, Mr. Figgis. Could I have your autograph? Figgis: You certainly may. (He signs book. Part of his signature gets away and leads into "It's the Arts.")

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    Notes (4)

    • The alternate title of this episode, It's The Arts, is used on the 16-Ton Megaset DVD set.

    • Cleese did not learn to ride a horse until filming Silverado fifteen years after Monty Python started. If Cleese remembers correctly, his close-up in "Scotsman on a Horse" was filmed while he was on a bicycle.

    • "The Dull Life of a City Stockbroker" features Ian MacNaughton's girlfriend as the sales lady at the newsagent's.

    • In the Python stage shows, Graham Chapman played the chief inspector instead of John Cleese, and Terry Gilliam played the ill Superintendent Parrot instead of Chapman. Additionally, in the TV version, all the vomiting is done offscreen, but on stage, the audience actually sees the event take place; Terry Gilliam went onstage with a mouthful of beef stew to simulate the effect.

    Trivia (1)

    • At the end of the It's The Arts sketch, Johann Gambleputty- etc.'s name is repeated with a series of intercut Gilliam animations. Where the "bahnwagen-guttenabend-" part is, a portion of a painting by Agnolo Bronzino appears. This is a close up and recolor of a segment from "Venus, Cupid, Folly, And Time," animated by Gilliam to have Cupid, colored green, running his finger against Venus's bare breast. In the actual painting itself, Cupid's fully visible right foot, seen above a bird in the lower left, is the source of the famous Python foot that stomps at the end of the opening titles of the series.

    Allusions (1)

    • Praline: Mr. Milton? You are sole proprietor and owner of the Whizzo Chocolate Company?
      Terry Jones's character in the Whizzo Chocolates sketch was originally named for chocolate baron and philanthropist Milton Hershey. In all stage shows (including the 1976 Amnesty International benefit Pleasure at Her Majesty's, Jones's character was renamed Mr. Hilton.

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