Monty Python's Flying Circus

Season 1 Episode 5

Man's Crisis of Identity in the Latter Half of the Twentieth Century

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Aired Unknown Nov 16, 1969 on BBC
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Man's Crisis of Identity in the Latter Half of the Twentieth Century
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Hermit rowing boat; credits; Confuse A Cat Ltd.; animation- growing mustache; customs sketch; implications of law enforcement techniques of last sketch discussed by a duck, cat and a lizard; man in the street interviews about customs regulations, chicken knight; Police Constable Henry Thatcher's raid for substances of an illicit nature; letter of protest; letter of protest about letter of protest; housewife urges use of satire as a weapon, more man in the street interviews; newsreader wanted for jewel robberies, Match of the Day highlights missing so tonight's romantic movie highlight's shown instead; animation- Charles Atlas' Dynamo Tension Ad; management training course interview; career advisory board, burglar comes to sell encyclopedias; Hermit; credits.moreless

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  • Perhaps the single greatest episode of Monty Python ever made

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    This could single handedly be the greatest episode of Monty Python ever produced, it's that good. The job interview sketch is my all time favourite in the show's history, with John and Graham making this work so very well. Confuse A Cat is another classic sketch to start the show off, it certainly confused me. The encyclopedia salesman sketch to end the show was brilliant. Not one sketch on this show was bad in the slightest, with everything at least providing some laughs. If you don't at least get some laughs out of this episode then your not a fan of this show, end of story. I've not even mentioned the customs sketch and the police sketch shortly after it, both were great in their own right. Do not miss this episode.moreless
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

Various Characters

Michael Palin

Michael Palin

Various Characters

Carol Cleveland

Carol Cleveland

French Au Pair, Journalist, First Letter Reader, Dora

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  • TRIVIA (1)

  • QUOTES (3)

    • (A man dressed in a suit walks up to the door and rings the doorbell.)
      Man: Burglar! (he rings again)
      Man: Burglar! (A woman opens the door, just a crack, with the chain still on)
      Woman: Yes?
      Man: Burglar, madam.
      Woman: What do you want?
      Man: I want to come in and steal a few things, madam.
      Woman: Are you an encyclopedia salesman?
      Man: No madam, I'm a burglar. I burgle people.
      Woman: I think you're an encyclopedia salesman.
      Man: Oh I'm not, open the door, let me in please.
      Woman: If I let you in, you'll sell me encyclopedias.
      Man: I won't, madam. I just want to come in and ransack the flat. Honestly!
      Woman: Promise? No encyclopedias?
      Man: None at all.
      Woman: All right. (She opens door) You'd better come in then.
      (Man comes in.)
      Man: Mind you I don't know whether you've really considered the advantages of owning a really fine set of modern encyclopedias. You know, they can really do you wonders.

    • Man: All right, I confess, I'm a smuggler. This whole case is crammed full of Swiss watches and clocks. I've been purposely trying to deceive Her Majesty's Customs and Excise. I've been a bloody fool.
      Officer: I don't believe you, sir.
      Man: It's true. I'm, er, guilty of smuggling.
      Officer:Don't give me that, sir ... you couldn't smuggle a piece of greaseproof paper let alone a case full of watches.
      Man: What do you mean! I've smuggled watches before, you know! I've smuggled bombs, cameras, microfilms, aircraft components, you name it - I've smuggled it.
      Officer:Now come along please, you're wasting our time... move along please.
      Man: Look! (he opens his case to reveal it stuffed full of watches and clocks) Look - look at this.
      Officer: Look, for all I know, sir, you could've bought these in London before you ever went to Switzerland.
      Man: What? I wouldn't buy two thousand clocks.
      Officer: People do, now close your case move along please come on. Don't waste our time, we're out to catch the real smugglers. Come on.
      Man: (shouting) I am a real smuggler. I'm a smuggler! Don't you understand, I'm a smuggler, a lawbreaker... a smuggler. (He is removed struggling)
      Vicar: Poor fellow. I think he needs help.
      Officer: Right, cut the wisecracks, Vicar. Get to the search room, and strip.

    • Newscaster: Well, let's ask the man on the street what he thinks.
      (cut to woman)
      French Au Pair: I am not a man, you silly billy.
      (cut to man standing on a roof)
      Man on Roof: I'm not on the street, you fairy!
      (cut to man standing in the middle of the road)
      Man: Well, speaking as a man IN the street... (gets run over) Argh!

  • NOTES (2)

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • Constable Thatcher: Oh! (badly produces a paper bag from his pocket) Here is a paper bag I have found on the premises.
      The character of Police Constable Henry Thatcher is most likely based on Detective Sergeant Norman Pilcher. Pilcher gained fame in England in the late 60's by raiding the homes of several notable celebrities (members of the Beatles and Rolling Stones, for example) and busting them when he found drugs on the premises. Although some of his busts were legitimate, he was publicly disgraced when it was revealed that in some cases, he had planted the drugs himself.

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