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There are four “Dennis Moore” sketches which appear at intervals throughout the “Monty Python’s Flying Circus” episode of the same name.
Dennis Moore (John Cleese) is a masked highwayman, who starts out stealing lupins from the rich to give to the poor (as the sketch’s accompanying theme song explains), parodying the story of Robin Hood.
In the first of four sketches, “Dennis Moore,” Moore holds up a stagecoach, The Lupin Express. After a lengthy monologue detailing his pistol skills and a debate with the coach’s passengers (Terry Jones, Eric Idle & Carol Cleveland) about species of tree, he gallops away on his horse Concorde, to the Dennis Moore theme tune, gripping a large bunch of lupins he’s successfully robbed from them, which he delivers to a peasant couple (Michael Palin & Terry Jones).
In the next Dennis Moore sketch, “Lupins,” Moore holds up the guests of a high-society ball and robs them of their lupins. On delivering these lupins to the peasant couple, the man peasant (Michael Palin) complains that they are “sick to bloody death of them” and tells Moore to “go out and steal something useful!”
The third Dennis Moore sketch, “Dennis Moore Rides Again,” sees Moore returning to the high-society ball and taking all they have left, their silver spoons. On delivering these to the peasant couple they complain that they’re not good enough as they’re only silver, and tell Moore to “go out and steal something nice...”.
In the final Dennis Moore sketch, “Redistribution of Wealth,” Moore holds up another stagecoach, demands everyone gets out their valuables and proceeds to divide them between them so they each have an equal share.
The sketches appear in Series 3, Episode 11 of “Monty Python’s Flying Circus,” which premiered on 4 January 1973.
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