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Across the Andes by Frog 

Explorer Walter Snetterton and his party travel to the Andes to prove his theory that frogs are able to climb mountains. Due to the Cup Final the only person willing to act as guide is an ... See full summary »

Director:

Terry Hughes

Writers:

Michael Palin (by), Terry Jones (by)
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Cast

Episode complete credited cast:
Michael Palin ... Captain Walter Snetterton
Denholm Elliott ... Mr. Gregory
Don Henderson ... Sgt. Major
Eileen Way Eileen Way ... Old woman
John Louis Mansi John Louis Mansi ... 1st native (as Louis Mansi)
Charles McKeown ... 2nd native
John White John White ... 3rd native
Alan Leith Alan Leith ... Corporal
Kevin Moran Kevin Moran ... 1st Private
Brian Nolan Brian Nolan ... 2nd Private
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Explorer Walter Snetterton and his party travel to the Andes to prove his theory that frogs are able to climb mountains. Due to the Cup Final the only person willing to act as guide is an elderly - but extremely agile - old lady and as Snetterton prepares to strike camp all his men desert him for the charms of the local ladies. Snetterton is never found but the frogs manage to escape and make it to Mexico City,thus proving his theory to be right. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Genres:

Adventure | Comedy

Certificate:

TV-14 | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

18 October 1977 (UK) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color | Black and White (photographs in opening/closing scene)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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The commentator on the reproduced FA cup final broadcast is Michael Palin. See more »

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Calm
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Music by Trevor Duncan
Boosey & Hawkes Music Ltd
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Across the Andes by Frog
14 October 2018 | by Prismark10See all my reviews

Palin and Jones parody madcap colonial explorers. The ones that go to foreign lands with a stupid ideas, ill prepared, knowing nothing about the local language and customs.

Captain Walter Snetterton heads off to the Andes to see if frogs can survive at high altitudes. The Peruvian natives are more interested in football and Wimbledon tennis. The head of the British Embassy is ill prepared to help them as he did not know that Snetterton and his crew were arriving until recently. They have trouble finding a guide at short notice. When as guide is found, she is an old woman who does not speak English.

The Sergeant Major is more interested in shooting the natives until he finds out the delights that the local women have to offer. Snetterton finds out that no one is minding the frogs who escape, then again the locals believe that his frogs have bought bad luck as there is an active volcano about.

Although a parody, you kind of guess that such things actually did happen in the latter part of the 19th century and earlier parts of the 20th century. It was nice to know Peruvian villagers were mad about the English FA cup final.


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