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'Put Down the Duckie' cameo question

Discussion in 'Classic Sesame Street' started by Princeton, Mar 22, 2012.

  1. Princeton

    Princeton Active Member

    About halfway through the celebrity version of 'Put Down the Duckie', there's an extreme close-up of a British man and woman who say in extremely harsh and stern tones: "PUT DOWWWWWN THE DUCKAY, YES YOU'VE GOTTTT TO LEAVE THE DUCK 'LONE!". Who are these people? When I was little, I was terrified of them because all the celebrities were clearly having fun and being silly, and then when the man and woman in question are screaming at the camera, I felt drop-kicked out of Sesame Street and into Staunch-WASP Lane.
  2. MelissaY1

    MelissaY1 Well-Known Member

    The woman on the right is actress Jean Marsh, probably best known to folks here as Princess Mombi in Return to Oz from the mid 80s. Not sure who the man is.
  3. gbrobeck

    gbrobeck Active Member

    Jean Marsh and Gordon Jackson as their characters from the British series "Upstairs, Downstairs," a mainstay of Masterpiece Theatre.
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  4. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    I wonder what else they did on the show. I know that all/most of the celebrities from the montages appeared after making seperate appearances on the show (I often wonder if there was another Simpsons appearance besides Monster in the Mirror, but either way they'd have to be animated as opposed to being filmed at the time they're on the set). I don't recall seeing those two in any other segments, though I'd assume they used that set.

    Let's see, what other Put Down the Duckie cameos are there that haven't been found by fans? I don't know of Jeremy Iron's appearance, and not sure what else that trumpet player did. I don't know what else Rhea Pearlman did at the time, though I know she did make another guest appearance (though I assume it came a few seasons later). Though in the case of Pearlman, I get the feeling she might have just been there because her husband, Danny DeVito, was making an appearance. And I know Inzalk Pearlman made other appearances in other seasons, but am unsure what he did in 1987 (he looks a little chubbier here than in that early 1980s segment with the little girl).
  5. heralde

    heralde Well-Known Member

    Thanks! I had a feeling they were on Masterpiece Theater but I wasn't positive. :)
  6. Princeton

    Princeton Active Member

    Thanks for identifying these actors, but did anyone else feel that they were out-of-place in this song?

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