Monty Python's Flying Circus

Season 3 Episode 10

E. Henry Thripshaw's Disease

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Aired Unknown Dec 21, 1972 on BBC
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E. Henry Thripshaw's Disease
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Tudor job agency, dirty book shop, the Life of Sir Phillip Sidney who personally captures 6,000 copies of Tits and Bums, animation-Gay Boys in Bondage; Reverend Arthur Belling from St. Looney Up the Cream Bun and Jam makes some converts; credits; animation- animals in shooting gallery; the Free Repetition of Doubtful Words Sketch; animation- horse with envelope; Is There? discusses life after death; Dr. E. Henry Thripshaw discovers a new disease and turns it into a media spectacular; silly noises; a vicar discusses his sherry supply problem with a salesman; credits; BBC-1 announcement.moreless

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    John Cleese

    John Cleese

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

    Eric Idle

    Eric Idle

    Various Characters

    Graham Chapman

    Graham Chapman

    Various Characters

    Terry Jones

    Terry Jones

    Various Characters

    Terry Gilliam

    Terry Gilliam

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    Michael Palin

    Michael Palin

    Various Characters

    Rosalind Bailey

    Rosalind Bailey

     

    Guest Star

    The Fred Tomlinson Singers

    The Fred Tomlinson Singers

    Amantillado Chorus

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    Carol Cleveland

    Carol Cleveland

    Sir Phillip Sidney's wife; Woman meeting Rev. Arthur Belling; Carmen Miranda Dancer 1

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    • QUOTES (1)

      • (A doctor's surgery. The doctor has in front of him a plaque which says 'Dr E. H. Thripshaw'. Enter Burrows.)
        Burrows: Good doctor morning! Nice year for the time of day!
        Thripshaw: Come in.
        Burrows: Can I down sit?
        Thripshaw: Certainly. (Burrows sits) Well, then?
        Burrows: Well, now, not going to bush the doctor about the beat too long. I'm going to come to point the straight immediately.
        Thripshaw: Good, good.
        Burrows: My particular prob, or buglem bear, I've had ages. For years, I've had it for donkeys.
        Thripshaw: What?
        Burrows: I'm up to here with it, I'm sick to death. I can't take you any longer so I've come to see it.
        Thripshaw: Ah, now this is your problem with words.
        Burrows: This is my problem with words. Oh, that seems to have cleared it. 'Oh I come from Alabama with my banjo on my knee'. Yes, that seems to be all right. Thank you very much.
        Thripshaw: I see. But recently you have been having this problem with your word order.
        Burrows: Well, absolutely, and what makes it worse, sometimes at the end of a sentence I'll come out with the wrong fusebox.
        Thripshaw: Fusebox?
        Burrows: And the thing about saying the wrong word is a] I don't notice it, and b] sometimes orange water given bucket of plaster.
        Thripshaw: Yes, tell me more about your problem.
        Burrows: Well as I say, you'd just be talking and out'll pudenda the wrong word and ashtray's your uncle. So I'm really strawberry about it.
        Thripshaw: Upset?
        Burrows: It's so embarrassing when my wife and I go to an orgy.
        Thripshaw: A party?
        Burrows: No, an orgy. We live in Esher.
        Thripshaw: Quite.
        Burrows: That's what I said. Such a bloody whack the diddle fa di la, fo di la, lo do di ... do di do, rum fum.
        Thripshaw: Mr Burrows, this is no common problem. You are suffering from a disease so rare that it hasn't got a name. Not yet. But it will have. Oh yes. This is the opportunity I've been waiting for. The chance of a lifetime! (zoom in to close up on him as lighting changes to dramatic spotlight) I'll show them at the Royal College of Surgeons! I'll make them sit up and take notice! Thripshaw's Disease! Discovered by E. Henry Thripshaw MD! I'll be invited on 'Call My Bluff' and the merchandizing, there'll be E. Henry Thripshaw t-shirts ... I'll turn it into a game ... I'll sell the film rights.
        (Cut to front of a booklet, entitled 'A Dissertation on Thripshaw's Disease Presented to the Royal College of Surgeons by Dr f. Henry Thnpshaw'. Captions zoom forward over it:)
        HARLEY STREET
        FLEET STREET
        BROADWAY
        HOLLYWOOD
        (A page of the book turns to reveal the title 'David O. Seltzer Presents'. The page turns again to reveal 'Rip Glint in: '. The page turns again to reveal a title in stone lettering a la Ben-Hur, with searchlights behind a la 20th-Century Fox: 'Dr E. Henry Thripshaw's Disease'. Cut to stock film of maraudlng knights.)
        SUPERIMPOSED CAPTION: 'SYRIA 1203'
        (The knights sack a village, looting, pillaging, burning and murdering. Cut to a studio set with interviewer and Thripshaw.)
        Interviewer: (speaking with frequent pauses, as of one reading from a slow autocue) That clip... comes from the new David O. Seltzer... film. The author... of that film clip ... is with me ... now. Doctor E. Henry ... Thripshaw.
        Thripshaw: Well, I feel that they have missed the whole point of my disease.
        Interviewer: This is .... always the problem ... with directors of film... clips.
        Thripshaw: Yes, well you see, they've dragged in all this irrelevant mush...
        Interviewer: What... are you doing ... now?
        Thripshaw: Well at the moment I am working on a new disease, which I hope to turn into a musical, but, primarily we are working on a re-make of my first disease and this time we're hoping to do it properly.
        Interviewer: Well ... let's just ... take a ... look at this new film...clip.
        (Film clip exactly as before. Cut to Thripshaw at a desk evidently in a castle. A knight in armor rushes up to him.)
        Thripshaw: Well now, what seems to be the matter?

    • NOTES (2)

      • In production order, this was the final Python episode John Cleese appeared in. (In airing order, his final episode was Show #39, "The British Royal Awards Programme" a.k.a. "Grandstand"; both were produced prior to the second German-made special in which he also appeared.)

      • One can only wonder how much better the stream-of-consciousness of the show might have been had certain scenes not been cut. These scenes include a big-nosed sculptor (played by Graham Chapman), the long version of the song Eric The Half a Bee by John Cleese and Eric Idle, "Cocktails" (performed briefly in the Pythons' early stage shows of 1973) and "Wine-Tasting." For insight on these lost sketches from this episode, go here.

    • ALLUSIONS (1)

      • Tripshaw's Disease: Medieval Scene
        The medieval scene in Tripshaw's Disease sketch is taken from 1960 Polish film "Krzyzacy" known in the UK as "Knights of the Teutonic Order" in the UK and "Knights of the Black Cross" in the US. Scene of battle is one of the battle of Grunwald in 1410. Later we see main characters entering the cottage where the Teutonic Knights are holding young girl captive. The scene is cut and edited but nonetheless they do not sac a village.

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