Sunday, June 11, 2006

Punch

This is pretty dark. I am sure kids love it:

In the typical Punch and Judy plot, Mr Punch is left in charge of the
baby. He becomes infuriated at its crying, and thumps its head against the stage
in order to put it to sleep. When Judy arrives to see what the commotion is
about, she attacks Punch for his cruelty. Punch flies into a rage, eventually
beating her to death with his stick. Throwing the two bodies out of the window,
he attracts the attention of a passing policeman.

The rest of the plot consists of Punch outwitting a series of opponents
one after the other, usually with the aid of the big stick. The Clown gives him
a string of sausages to eat, which are snaffled one by one by the crocodile. The
crocodile bites Mr Punch on his enormous nose, prompting him to call for the
Doctor, whom he proceeds to kick while under examination.
Even in jail, when he is about to be executed, he manages to persuade the Hangman to put his own head in the noose. Each time Punch outwits or kills one of his fellow characters, he lets out a triumphant cry of, “That’s the way to do it!” After the Hangman character was phased out, Mr Punch simply escapes from prison.

The peculiar rasping voice of Mr Punch is achieved by means of a device
called a swazzle, which is held in the performer’s mouth. It produces an effect
similar to a kazoo.

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