The Great Muppet Caper Minute 11 – Why Does He Have That Book in His Pants

A Bear, a Frog and a Whatever fall into a pond in London and are greeted by a man on a bench played by Robert Morley.

Special Guest: Dustin

NOTES AND RESEARCH

A seriously impressive shot. Beautiful framing.

Poor duck

Rain Cats and Dogs

Bears, Dogs and Gonzos

Kids playing cricket in the background

 

Shooting Location

https://etphoto.smugmug.com/Henson/Muppets-in-England/

The Holy Trinity church in Haddenham

About 50 miles outside of London, this is where Kermit, Fozzie and Gonzo landed in England in The Great Muppet Caper.

The Sceptered Isle

Jewel of the North Atlantic

This Sceptred Isle is a radio series written by historian Christopher Lee about the story of the lands and peoples of Britain by the BBC.

The programme’s title is a quotation from Act 2, Scene 1 of William Shakespeare’s play, King Richard II, attributed to John of Gaunt:

“This royal throne of kings, this scepter’d isle, This earth of majesty, this seat of Mars … This blessed plot, this earth, this realm, this England”.

 

Mechanics of controlling the puppets in the pond.

  • Again, plussing the first film… now 3 Muppets in a big open real pond.

Free Hotel – Bus Terminals, River Banks, The Happiness Hotel

Robert Morley

British Gentleman by Pond

Robert Morley, the portly, jowly character actor of the British and American stage and screen, best known for his comically pompous and jovial roles, died yesterday at a hospital in Reading, west of London. He was 84 years old.

Mr. Morley, whose career spanned well over a half-century, was not only one of the busiest actors of his time, but was also an all-around man of the theater.

Often appearing in supporting roles, Morley was usually cast as a pompous English gentleman representing the Establishment. In his Movie Encyclopedia, film critic Leonard Maltin describes Morley as “recognizable by his ungainly bulk, bushy eyebrows, thick lips, and double chin… particularly effective when cast as a pompous windbag.”

In his later years, he was the spokesman for British Airways in American television commercials, a role referenced by his cameo in The Great Muppet Caper.

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