Long time Monty Python fan, loved Matching Tie and Hankerchief since the ’80s (when I became aware of it) then recently I was watching a British movie about WWI called Overlord (1975) and it contained a scene where 2 soldiers were sitting in a field between battles talking about home and the conversation steered toward a confusion between girlfriends, wives and dogs.
This rang a bell with the track on MT&H called “WWI Noises/Stuck Record” and I looked them both up and indeed they seem too alike to be coincidental, so I thought, of course this is what MP was satirizing but I never knew it before, the movie was probably popular in Britain so us Yanks were the last to get the joke. Then I noticed Overlord came out in ’75 but MT&H came out in ’73! Maybe they were satirizing the original novel? Or the movie was nodding toward Python? Just seems too on the nose for a coincidence. Anyone who can shed light let me know!
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(1975 British film)
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– Who you got waiting for you, Tommy?
– Who have I got?
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Well, there’s Mum and Dad, I suppose.
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Good for you, mate.
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Let me guess.
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She got brown hair, brown eyes…
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pale skin, nice tits, right?
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Tina is a cocker spaniel.
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– She’s a lovely dog.
– A bitch?
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Yeah. A bitch.
WORLD WAR I NOISES/STUCK RECORD
Monty Python Matching Tie and Handkerchief
Officer: Home on leave in 2 days eh sarge?
(The sound of machine gun fire in the background)
Sergeant: Yes sir.
Officer: Lucky man.
Sergeant: Ooh soon be your turn sir
(Sound of a someone playing a harmonica in the background)
Officer: Yes yes I suppose so (the sound of machine gun fire in the background) Is that your wife sarge?
Sergeant: No sir that’s my dog.
Officer: Ohh! Ohhh! Ah good looking dog isn’t it?
Sergeant: She sir, she’s a bitch
Officer: Is she?
Sergeant: Yes sir. Ah look out, sir! (the sound of an explosion and someone screaming) Oh blimey.
Officer: Ah sarge?
Sergeant: Yes sir?
Officer: This dog of yours, quite a little stunner isn’t she.
Sergeant: Look out sir (sound of machine gun fire) you think they’re bringing up the big mortar sir?
Officer: Yes. Does she eh, does she have any friends?
Sergeant: What sir?
Officer: Your dog.
Sergeant: Just the other dogs in the neighborhood sir.
Officer: She doesn’t have any steady boyfriends does she?
Sergeant: Oh no sir she is a dog.
Officer: Yes of course.
(sound of far away explosion)
Sergeant: Oh blimey it’s getting bad sir.
Officer: Yes, still, I mean, she would not object to someone calling on her would she sarge?
Sergeant: I am not sure what you mean sir.
Officer: Well I..I..I was thinking perhaps I could take her for a walk sometime.
Sergeant: Oh yes sir, course sir. Anytime.
Officer: Thank you sarge.
Sergeant: (yelling) Look out sir! (explosion) Now that’s my wife sir.
Officer: Ah you sure sarge?
Sergeant: Yes sir, that’s my wife.
Officer: And that’s your dog?
Sergeant: Yes sir.
Officer: I see. Looks like I will be calling on you rather a lot when all this is over.
Sergeant: Oh thank you sir.
Officer: Not at all it’s just that I am rather fond of dogs, fond of dogs, fond of dogs.