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by Allan Fish

(UK 1975/1979 380m) DVD1/2

Or, watery fowls…or, flay otters…or, farty towels…or, flowery twa…never mind

p  John Howard Davies, Douglas Argent  Bob Spiers  w  Connie Booth, John Cleese  m  Dennis Wilson  art  Peter Kindred, Nigel Curzon

John Cleese (Basil Fawlty), Prunella Scales (Sybil Fawlty), Andrew Sachs (Manuel), Connie Booth (Polly Sherman), Gilly Flower (Miss Tibbs), Renée Roberts (Miss Gatsby), Ballard Berkeley (Maj.Gowen), Brian Hall (Terry the Cook), Joan Sanderson (Mrs Richards), David Kelly (O’Reilly), Robin Ellis, Bernard Cribbins, Geoffrey Palmer,

Sometime in 1970, at the height of their fame following the shooting of their first series, the Monty Python team stayed en masse at the Gleneagles Hotel in Torquay.  There they encountered one Donald Sinclair, the proprietor of said establishment.  Here was a hotelier who threw timetables to guests when asked when the next bus to town would arrive, placed Eric Idle’s suitcase behind a garden wall believing it contained a bomb (rather than a clock), and also had the temerity to criticise American Terry Gilliam’s table manners, more precisely for holding the fork in the wrong hand (an episode that perhaps lead to an infamous sequence with a Waldorf Salad). (more…)

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