Jabberwocky: Plot Synopsis
The Jabberwock, a vile and vicious monster, is ravaging the medieval Kingdom
of King Bruno the Questionable, devouring and terrorising the miserable
peasants on the lands outside forcing them to flee inside the city walls where
they are in turn exploited by unscrupulous merchants, churchmen and traders.
King Bruno (MAX WALL) an aging, slightly senile monarch in not terribly
interested in the affairs of the state. In fact, his main concern is to marry
off his beautiful daughter (DEBORAH FALLENDER) who in true medieval tradition
spends her time in the crumbling West Tower surrounded by her entourage of
nuns, sewing her tapestry and waiting for her prince to come.
It is only when his Chamberlain (JOHN LE MESURIER) points out to King Bruno
that there will soon be no peasants left to pay taxes, that the King is
finally persuaded to hold a Tournament to chose a Champion Knight to go out
and slay the monster.
Meanwhile, Dennis Cooper (MICHAEL PALIN) a young cooper's apprentice,
renounced by his father and family coopering business, leaves the suburban
home to make his fortune inside the city in the hope of winning approval and
hand of the fair but fat Griselda Fishfinger (ANNETTE BADLAND) whose fish
merchant father, Mr Fishfinger (WARREN MITCHELL) unfortunately despises
Dennis' family craft.
Through a chance encounter with a lecherous, bawdy Squire (HARRY H. CORBETT)
whom he unwittingly aids in the seduction of the voluptuous wife Betty
(ALEXANDRA DANE) of the local publican (BERNARD BRESSLAW), Dennis, in a series
of misadventures inside the city with knights, armourers, nuns, fanatics,
kings, princesses, merchants, and bishops, finds himself in the amazing
situation of slaying the Jabberwock and winning half the Kingdom and the hand
of the beautiful princess.
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