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    Default The One-Legged Man sketch | Peter Cook and Dudley Moore

    Feeling in need of a little light entertainment today, and earlier wondered upon this gem which I haven't listened to for years. And some of the script would qualify for multiple mentions on the Great Quotes thread too I shouldn't wonder.

    Anyway, do please enjoy

    [Moore walks off, a red curtain slides into view as a backdrop, Cook retreats to the curtain.]

    Peter Cook: He's gonna get into some extremely sophisticated English costumes and we'll move right along with this, uh, curtain or drape as you call it. The scene is set in a producer's office. [moves a chair to center stage] By the magic of placing a chair in the middle of this place, we have conjured up a producer's office. [in character, calls out to stage right] Uh, Miss Rigby? Stella, my love? Would you send in the next auditioner, please? Thank you, my dear.

    [Enter Moore, grinning broadly, wearing trench coat, hopping on one leg, the other leg -- the left one -- tucked under the coat - he hops over to Cook and shakes hands.]

    Peter Cook: Nice to see you.

    Dudley Moore: [still hopping up and down] Nice to see you.

    Peter Cook: Settle down. [puts a hand on Moore's shoulder and stops his hopping] Uh, Mr. Spiggott, is it not?

    Dudley Moore: Yes, Spiggott's the name, acting's my game.

    Peter Cook: I see. Spiggott is the name and acting is your game.

    Dudley Moore: Right.

    Peter Cook: If you'd like to settle down for one moment, Mr. Spiggott.

    Dudley Moore: Certainly, yes.

    Peter Cook: Thank you very much. [Moore hops over to the chair and rests his "stump" on it] Mr. Spiggott, er, you are auditioning, are you not, for the role of Tarzan?

    Dudley Moore: Yes.

    Peter Cook: Uh, Mr. Spiggott, I, uh, I couldn't help noticing -- almost immediately -- that you are a one-legged man.

    Dudley Moore: Oh. You noticed that?

    Peter Cook: When you've been in the business as long as I have, Mr. Spiggott, you, uh, you get to notice these little things, almost instinctively.

    Dudley Moore: Yeah. Sort of ESP.

    Peter Cook: That kind of thing, yes.

    Dudley Moore: Mm, yes.

    Peter Cook: Now, Mr. Spiggott, you, a one-legged man, are applying for the role of Tarzan.

    Dudley Moore: Yes, right.

    Peter Cook: A role traditionally associated with a two-legged artiste.

    Dudley Moore: Yes, correct, yes, yes.

    Peter Cook: And yet you, a unidexter... are applying for the role.

    Dudley Moore: Yes, right, yes.

    Peter Cook: A role for which two legs would seem to be the minimum requirement. Well, Mr. Spiggott, need I point out to you with overmuch emphasis where your deficiency lies as regards landing the role?

    Dudley Moore: Yes, I think you ought to.

    Peter Cook: Perhaps I ought, yes. Need I say with, uh, too much stress that it is in the, uh, leg division that you are deficient.

    Dudley Moore: The leg division?

    Peter Cook: The leg division, Mr. Spiggott. You are deficient in the leg division to the tune of one. Your right leg I like. It's a lovely leg for the role. As soon as I saw it come in, I said, "Hello! What a lovely leg for the role!"

    Dudley Moore: Ah!

    Peter Cook: I've got nothing against your right leg.

    Dudley Moore: Ah!

    Peter Cook: The trouble is -- neither have you. [delayed applause] You, uh, you fall down on the left.

    Dudley Moore: You mean it's inadequate?

    Peter Cook: It is inadequate, Mr. Spiggott.

    Dudley Moore: Mm.

    Peter Cook: In my view, the public is not yet ready ...

    Dudley Moore: No?

    Peter Cook: ... for the sight of a one-legged Tarzan swinging through the jungly tendrils, shouting "Hello, Jane."

    Dudley Moore: No. No, right.

    Peter Cook: But don't despair, Mr. Spiggott. I mean, after all, you score over a man with no legs at all. By one hundred percent.

    Dudley Moore: Well, I've got twice as many.

    Peter Cook: You're streets ahead!

    Dudley Moore: So there's still hope?

    Peter Cook: Of course there is still hope, Mr. Spiggott.

    Dudley Moore: Ah!

    Peter Cook: I mean, if we get no two-legged character actors in here within, say, the next, oh, [checks his wristwatch] eighteen months, there is every chance that you, a unidexter, will be the very type of artiste we shall be attempting to contact with a view to jungle stardom.

    Dudley Moore: [likes the sound of that] Jungle stardom.

    [Moore gets off chair, shakes hands with Cook while hopping up and down.]

    Peter Cook: I'm just sorry I can't be more definite at this stage.

    Dudley Moore: Oh, good Lord!

    Peter Cook: But you must understand ... these days. We've so much tied up in the remake of Gone With The Wind, Part Four, we can't afford...

    [Applause drowns out some of Cook's parting comments to Moore who exits right, hopping and waving goodbye. The SNL band begins to play and Cook, alone on stage, does a little hopping himself to the music as we fade out.]


    “If a man does not keep pace with [fall into line with] his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away.” - Thoreau

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    Default Re: The One-Legged Man sketch | Peter Cook and Dudley Moore

    Loved those two❤️
    Where is this comedy today that makes you laugh till you cry?
    Thank you so much for this wonderful memory 🤣

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