Monty Python's Flying Circus

Season 1 Episode 6

The BBC Entry For the Zinc Stoat of Budapest

Aired Unknown Nov 23, 1969 on BBC



  • Trivia

    • 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.

  • Quotes

    • 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:
      (Cut to Arthur Figgis.)
      (Lose caption. Pause while nothing happens.)
      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.")

    • Figgis: Beethoven, Mozart, Chopin, Liszt, Brahms, Panties ...I'm sorry... Schumann, Schubert, Mendelssohn and Bach. Names that will live forever. But there is one composer whose name is never included with the greats.
      Why is it the world never remembered the name of Johann Gambolputty de von Ausfern -schplenden -schlitter -crasscrenbon -fried -digger -dangle -dungle -burstein -von -knacker -thrasher -apple -banger -horowitz -ticolensic -grander -knotty -spelltinkle -grandlich -grumblemeyer -spelterwasser -kürstlich -himbleeisen -bahnwagen -gutenabend -bitte -eine -nürnburger -bratwustle -gerspurten -mit -zweimache -luber -hundsfut -gumberaber -shönendanker -kalbsfleisch -mittler -raucher von Hautkopft of Ulm. To do justice to this man, thought by many to be the greatest name in German Baroque music, we present a profile of Johann Gambolputty de von Ausfern -schplenden -schlitter -crasscrenbon -fried -digger -dangle -dungle -burstein -von -knacker - thrasher -apple -banger -horowitz -ticolensic -grander -knotty -spelltinkle -grandlich -grumblemeyer -spelterwasser - kurstlich -himbleeisen -bahnwagen -gutenabend -bitte -ein -nürnburger -bratwustle -gerspurten -mit -zweimache - auuber -hundsfut -gumberaber -shönendanker-kalbsfleisch -mittler -aucher von Hautkopft of Ulm We start with an interview with his only surviving relative Karl Gambolputty de von Ausfern.....(fades out)
      (Cut to old man sitting blanketed, in wheel-chair, as he speaks, intercut with shot of interviewer nodding and looking interested.)
      Karl: Oh ja. When I first met Johann Gambolputty de von Ausfern -schplenden -schlitter -crasscrenbon -fried -digger -dingle -dangle -dongle -dungle -burstein -von -knacker - thrasher -apple -banger -horowitz -ticolensic -grander -knotty -spelltinkle -grandlich -grumblemeyer -spelterwasser - kurstlich -himbleeisen -bahnwagen -gutenabend -bitte -ein -nürnburger -bratwustle -gerspurten -mitz -weimache - auuber -hundsfut -gumberaber -shönendanker-kalbsfleisch -mittler -aucher von Hautkopft of Ulm, he was with his wife, Sarah Gambolputty de von...
      Interviewer: (as he speaks intercut with shots of Karl nodding and trying to look interested) Yes, if I may just cut in on you there, Herr Gambolputty de von Ausfern -schplenden -schlitter -crasscrenbon -fried -digger -dingle -dangle -dongle -dungle -burstein -von -knacker - thrasher -apple -banger -horowitz -ticolensic -grander -knotty -spelltinkle -grandlich -grumblemeyer -spelterwasser - kurstlich -himbleeisen -bahnwagen -gutenabend -bitte -ein -nürnburger -bratwustle -gerspurten -mitz -weimache - auuber -hundsfut -gumberaber -shönendanker-kalbsfleisch -mittler -aucher von Hautkopft of Ulm.
      (No response. He shakes the old man, then gets up and listens to his heart. Realizing with exasperation that his interviewee has died, he starts digging a grave. Cut back to presenter.)
      Figgis: A tribute to Johann Gambolputty...
      Viking: von Ausfern-schplenden-schlitter...
      Man: ...crasscrenbon-fficd-digger-dingle-dangle-dongle...
      Chicken-Holding Knight: ...dungle-burstein-von-knacker-thrasher...
      Mona Lisa:
      Lon Chaney: ....grander-knorty-spelltinkle...
      Policeman: ...grandlich...
      Pig: ...grumblemeyer...
      Policeman: ...spelterwasser...
      Boar: ...kurstlich-himbleeisen...
      Botticelli Lover: ...bahnwagen-gutenabend...
      Medieval Couple: ...bitte-ein-nürmburger...
      Family Group: ...bratwurstle...
      Doctor: ...gerspurten ...
      Bishop & Saint: ...mitz-weimache-luber-hundsfut...
      Two Dancers: ...gumberaber-schönendanker...
      Three Naked Ladies: ...kalbsfieisch...
      Cricket Team: ...mittler-aucher...
      Policemen: ...von Hautkopf...
      Figgis: ...of Ulm.

  • Notes

    • 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.

  • Allusions

    • 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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