Monty Python – It was only a dream

As a rabid fan of Chaplin and Keaton, it has always amazed me to see how many of their short subjects ended with the old cop-out of Charlie or Buster waking up and discovering that the entire previous 20 minutes had been “only a dream.” This cliche was beaten further to death in countless sitcom episodes concocted by desperate writers.

Because of this, I have always been gratified that that all-time sacred-cow-killer, “Monty Python’s Flying Circus,” turned this cliche on its head once and for all. Go to the 3:20 mark in this clip from “Flying Circus'” episode “The Cycling Tour,” and you’ll see what I mean.

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