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The Adventures of Mr Toad (1949)

movie based on Kenneth Grahame's "The Wind in the Willows" Script 1 NARRATOR1: If you chose the most fabulous character in English literature, who would it be? Robin Hood? King Arthur? Becky Sharp? Sherlock Holmes? Oliver Twist, perhaps? Any one of them would be an excellent choice. But as the most fabulous character of all, I nominate a toad. J. Thaddeus Toad, Esquire. Have you never met him? You'll find his story in The Wind in the Willows. Toad was the one disturbing element. Incurable adventurer, mad, reckless, tried everything. A positive mania for fads, and he never counted the cost. He had a host of fair-weather friends.





 
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NARRATOR1: But there were only three who had his best interests at hearthad his best interests at heart. One was a badger. MacBadger. And then there was a water rat. A bit stuffy, perhaps, but really a fine fellow. And a mole. A gentle creature, kind and sympathetic. They all made their homes in a quaint community along a riverbank. On that particular day, Mole was in a hurry because, because he was late for tea. A regrettable habit, but Rat had learned to put up with it. Sorry, says Mole. Quite alright, says Rat. Two lumps? Then, just as they were getting settled. POSTMAN: Special DeliverySpecial Delivery, Mr Rat. RAT: Thank you, Postman. POSTMAN: How's everything on the river, sir? RAT: Dashed quiet, as usual, thank you. Mole, listen. Dear Rat: You and Mole must come to Toad Hall at once. Urgent!! A MacBadger. NARRATOR1: Rat was certain Toad was making trouble again. The answer to that lay just around the bend at Toad Hall, the ancestral home of J. Thaddeus himself. This impressive structure was the finest home on the riverthe finest home on the river. The animals were tremendously proud of it. They felt it gave the whole community an air of respectability. To lose Toad Hall was, of course, unthinkable, and yet it was no secret that Toad's follies had brought him to the brink of bankruptcy. So, MacBadger had volunteered to put Toad's house in order. ANGUS MACBADGER: Smashed fence. Two guineas. Damage, lamp post. Four pound six. Destruction of hen house. How can a man figure with all this hubbub? MAN 1: I'll not be put off! MAN 2: Pay my bill! MAN 3: I want my money! ANGUS MACBADGER: Silence! You'll get your money in due course. Now, go along with you. I'll pay no more today. Why did I assume the responsibility of looking after. Didn't I tell you? It's you, Rat. And Mole, too. Thank goodness, lads. You've come at last. NARRATOR1: Poor MacBadger. He'd reached the end of his ropeHe'd reached the end of his rope. As he said himself. ANGUS MACBADGER: I'm practically a nervous wreck. RAT: I say! What seems to be the trouble? ANGUS MACBADGER: Summat's got to be done about Toad! This time he's gone too far! MOLE: But he promised us... ANGUS MACBADGER: Promises? What good are promises when wild manias take him? Now, look, you're his closest friends, are you not? MOLE: Yes. - Very dear friends. ANGUS MACBADGER: Then you must find Toad and stop him! RAT: What's he doing? ANGUS MACBADGER: He's got a new mania. He's rampaging about the county in a canary-yellow gypsy cartrampaging about the county in a canary-yellow gypsy cart. With a horse named Cyril. TOAD: Tally-ho! TOAD: Hello, you fellows! You're the very animals I was coming to see! Come along! Hop up! We'll go for a jolly ride! The open road, the dusty highway. Come! I'll show you the world. Travel, change, excitementshow you the world. Travel, change, excitement. How stupid of me! I want you fellows to meet my noble steed Cyril. CYRIL: Aye, that's me. A bit of a trotter, a bit of a rotter. How do you do, how do you do, how do you do? MOLE: How do you do? CYRIL: Say, guv'nor, your friends seem a bit on the stuffy side. RAT: Toad, we want to have a talk with you. TOAD: A visit! Splendid! RAT: This is serious. You must give up that horse and cart. TOAD: Give up my. But my dear Ratty, this is my career! You can't mean. RAT: I do! You must stop this foolishness! TOAD: No. RAT: You must! TOAD: No. I won't do it. RAT: Your reckless behaviour is giving animals a bad name! You're becoming a menace to society. At least think of poor MacBadger! And as for that horse, no good will come of gadding about with such a fast and irresponsible beast! Get him, Mole! MOLE: Come down, Toady. TOAD: Stop it! Let me go! Giddy up, Cyril! Giddy up! It's no use. You'll never get me to give this up! Tally-ho! Yikes! CYRIL: Look! TOAD: Gad! What is it? CYRIL: Lummy, guv'nor, it's a motorcar. TOAD: Motorcar? A motorcar! Gad! What have I been missing? Ratty, it isn't. He hasn't. RAT: It is, and he has. A new mania. Motor mania.

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MacBadger
MacBadger
  Mr Mole and Mr Rat to Toad Hall
Mr Mole and Mr Rat to Toad Hall
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Mr Toad
  A horse named Cyril
A horse named Cyril
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