Monty Python's Flying Circus 4 Seasons 1969

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Season 1
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1. Whither Canada TV-14

Wolfgang A. Mozart emcees a talent contest won by Genghis Khan; a professor gives Italian lessons to Italian students; the funniest joke in the world becomes a weapon of war.

Starring:
Graham Chapman, Eric Idle
Runtime:
32 minutes
Original air date:
January 1, 1969

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Season 1
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    1. Whither Canada Wolfgang A. Mozart emcees a talent contest won by Genghis Khan; a professor gives Italian lessons to Italian students; the funniest joke in the world becomes a weapon of war.

    TV-14 32min January 1, 1969
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    2. Sex & Violence A shepherd muses about sheep nesting in trees; the commercial viability of ovine aviation; profiles of men who lead double lives as mice; a playwright clashes with his coal-miner son; a wrestling match over the existence of God.

    TV-14 34min January 1, 1969
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    3. How to Recognize Different Types of Trees From Quite a Long Way Away A satirical study of trees. Also: Cardinal Richelieu testifies in traffic court; a chain of restaurant managers handles a customer's complaint; a woman collects milkmen.

    TV-14 32min January 1, 1969
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    4. Owl-Stretching Time A change from street clothes to swim trunks turns into a burlesque act; a karate class exercises defense tactics against fresh fruit; a man tries to buy a book about false teeth.

    TV-14 30min January 1, 1969
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    5. Man's Crisis of Identity in the Latter Half of the Twentienth Century The Confuse-a-Cat service for lethargic feline pets; interviews with a lizard, a duck, a cat and a man in the street; an offbeat interview for a management-training course.

    TV-14 30min January 1, 1969
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    6. It's the Arts Sketches include: a German composer with an extraordinarily long name; crooks plan an elaborate scheme to buy a watch; a chocolate-company owner markets "Crunchy Frog."

    TV-14 30min January 1, 1969
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    7. You're No Fun Anymore Invaders from another galaxy turn Englishmen into Scotsmen. Also: a comedy about camels; a corporate board meeting.

    TV-14 30min January 1, 1969
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    8. Full Frontal Nudity A pet-shop customer returns his dead parrot; a gang of female senior citizens attacks a town's young men; a young army officer who joined the service to water-ski tries to resign.

    TV-14 30min January 1, 1969
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    9. The Ant, an Introduction A man with double vision organizes a mountain-climbing expedition; llamas are celebrated in a rousing Spanish song; a barber is afraid to cut hair; a couple's romantic evening is ruined by uncouth visitors.

    TV-14 29min January 1, 1969
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    10. Untitled Sketches include: Bank Robber in Lingerie Shop, It's a Tree, Ron Obvious, Pet Conversations, Gorilla Librarian, Strangers in the Night

    TV-14 31min January 1, 1969
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    11. The Royal Philharmnic Orchestra Goes to the Bathroom A half-inch-tall man appears on a talk show; a town's women's guild reenacts Pearl Harbor; the entire Royal Philharmonic Orchestra retires to the restroom.

    TV-14 32min January 1, 1969
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    12. The Naked Ant The 127th annual Twit of the Year Show. Also: Hitler and Himmler are guests for tea in a boarding house; a BBC broadcast is interrupted when a British minister falls into a fissure.

    TV-14 32min January 1, 1969
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    13. Intermission Among "historical" impersonations are Cardinal Richelieu as Petula Clark and Julius Caesar as Eddie Waring. Also: a police fairy tale; a vegetarian restaurant's menu, featuring a naked man with an apple in his mouth.

    TV-14 30min January 1, 1969

Product Details

Genres Music, Comedy
Director John Howard Davies, Ian MacNaughton
Starring Graham Chapman, Eric Idle
Supporting actors Eric Idle, Terry Jones, Michael Palin, Carol Cleveland, Terry Gilliam, Neville Chamberlain, Adolf Hitler
Network Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Executive Producer John Howard Davies

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Starting to wonder if Prime is really worth it.
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And thank you, A&E for making them finally available in their pristine manifestations.
F. Behrens
The British way of talking is hard to understand.
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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful By F. Behrens HALL OF FAME on August 23, 1999
Format: VHS Tape
If you saw the Monty Python episodes on commercial teevee, you expected to see a lot less than the non-commerical British stations showed for such is the fact of life in these United States. But those who saw them on PBS might have reasonably expected to see uncut versions; and until I saw the first three tapes in the upcoming series soon to be made available to the general public by the A&E people, I thought I was getting (forgive this one) the Full Monty!!! Witness my delight, then, when I saw not only parts of sketches that were never included in the PBS airings but also an entire hysterically funny sketch of home movies of Queen Victoria having a merry romp on the lawn with Gladstone. So it is not my purpose here to make you want to see these sketches which vary from utterly tasteless to genuinely Swiftian; but to advise you that they contain a considerable amount more than met your eye in the past. And if that is not a motivation to buy these tapes, then you should join a local Mouse Club and cheese it. But for something completely different, these are the sets for all lovers of Lumberjacks, Nudge Nudge, and Upper Class Twits of the Year. And thank you, A&E for making them finally available in their pristine manifestations.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 7, 1999
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This collection of the Monty Python TV show truly as some of their best stuff ever made, with such things as the Lumberjack Song, Nudge Nudge, Dead Parrot, and (my favorite) Crunchy Frog. I have watched this over and over and over again, and its truly a bargain to see the best comic minds of all time in the place that launched them to stardom.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 4, 1999
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These guys are almost in a religious category for me. What they did was so innovative, intelligent, silly, and most importantly, funny, that they deserve every accolade they've ever received. These early episodes reveal how inspired they were right from the gate. Inventiveness pops right off the screen at you. As a comedy writer now myself, I can honestly say that it was this stuff that made me want to do it in the first place. I know I'll never reach the heights these guys did but this collection reaffirms for me how brilliant they were together. I will always be grateful for the laughs they've given me and the inspiration they continue to provide.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Benjamin Denes on April 20, 2001
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There's not much I can add about Monty Python - their comic legends. This box set should be owned, as each episode is hilarious. My only complaint is regarding the packaging. Although the tape quality is excellent, why package only two 30 minute episodes per tape when it is possible to pack 3 or 4? This kinda bugged me, as I was paying 15 bucks for each 1 hour tape. Keep this in mind when buying these.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 1, 2000
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As many people know, the cast of Monty Python are comedy legends. This video has the first season of their hilarious television series, "Monty Python's Flying Circus". Classic sketches like "Dead Parrot", "Marrige Counsler", and "The Deadliest Joke In The World" are included. If you like their television series, you'll also like their movies like "Monty Python And The Holy Grail" and "The Life Of Brian".
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Simon Says on August 17, 2012
A MUST SEE for all ages for whom it was intended. A MASTERPIECE of human invention and deconstruction. Mandatory viewing for comedy connoisseurs.

(Post Script: service withstanding, this review reflects the product, as all reviews are intended to be) .... Simon Says.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Moe811 on February 1, 2002
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This collection is a must for Monty Python fans. I didn't realize how many of their classic sketches were in the first season. I loved this collection so much that I bought the next one also. I only wish that I had more time to watch them.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Bjorn Clasen on September 26, 2000
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To this day, Monty Python remains THE idol and source of inspiration to humourists all around. »Monty Python's Flying Circus« made the group famous, and it is the best ever to come out, not only from Monty Python, not only from Britain... but humour in general!
Highlights on this tape: »The Funniest Joke In The World«, »The Mouse Problem«, »Children's Stories«, »Restaurant Sketch«, »Undressing In Public«, the generally superb Episode Five, »The Dull Life Of A City Stockbroker«, »Man Turns Into Scotsman«, »Dead Parrot«, »Buying A Bed«, »Homicidal Barber«(/»Lumberjack Song«) and »Walk-On Part In Sketch«.
Own it!
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