8.0/10
4,403
30 user 2 critic

Der 90. Geburtstag oder Dinner for One (1963)

At Miss Sophie's 90th birthday dinner, her butler James must fill in for her four departed friends - and that includes lots of drinks before every course!.

Director:

Reviews

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Short | Action | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

Short film depicting a fictional educational film about fork lift truck operational safety. The dangers of unsafe operation are presented in gory details.

Directors: Stefan Prehn, Jörg Wagner
Stars: Konstantin Graudus, Gustav Adolph Artz, Jürgen Kittel
Ödipussi (1988)
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Gray-haired furniture retailer Paul Winkelmann still has his dinner cooked and his laundry done by his mother. He spends his evenings playing Scrabble with Mama's friends and discussing the... See full summary »

Director: Vicco von Bülow
Stars: Vicco von Bülow, Katharina Brauren, Evelyn Hamann
Loriot (TV Series 1976)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.1/10 X  
Stars: Vicco von Bülow, Heinz Meier, Evelyn Hamann
Die Harald Schmidt Show (1995–2004)
Comedy | Talk-Show
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

Celebrity talk show hosted by "Dirty Harry" Schmidt.

Stars: Harald Schmidt, Helmut Zerlett, Nathalie Licard
Comedy | Crime | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
Directors: Cyrill Boss, Philipp Stennert
Stars: Oliver Kalkofe, Bastian Pastewka, Joachim Fuchsberger
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Otto, a young man from East-Frisia comes to the big city (Hamburg) to make his fortune. Most of all he is engaged with two problems: How can he impress Silvia, a rich young girl, and where ... See full summary »

Directors: Xaver Schwarzenberger, Otto Waalkes
Stars: Otto Waalkes, Elisabeth Wiedemann, Sky du Mont
Switch (1997–2000)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

The series "Switch" was produced in the years 1996-1999 by "Visuelle" in Köln Ossendorf and broadcasted in the years 1997-2000. The cast spoofs the German TV series and a lot of ... See full summary »

Stars: Bernhard Hoëcker, Michael Müller, Petra Nadolny
Der Wixxer (2004)
Comedy | Crime | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A mysterious serial killer is shocking the underworld. Scotland Yard is investigating the case. Clues lead the detectives to Blackwhite Castle.

Director: Tobi Baumann
Stars: Oliver Kalkofe, Bastian Pastewka, Thomas Fritsch
Clueless Genius (TV Series 2003)
Comedy | Game-Show
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

In each episode the advise team has to solve approx. 8 questions, which the TV watchers at home can send in. If they haven't succeeded within a given time (with each individual question), the watcher who sent this question wins 500 Euros.

Stars: Hugo Egon Balder, Bernhard Hoëcker, Hella von Sinnen
Dinner for One (TV Short 1963)
Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

An elderly upper-class woman celebrates her birthday, with her butler standing in for her deceased friends.

Director: Franco Marazzi
Stars: Freddie Frinton, May Warden
Loriot (TV Series 1997)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
Stars: Vicco von Bülow, Evelyn Hamann, Heinz Meier
Harald Schmidt (TV Series 2004)
Comedy | Talk-Show
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Stars: Harald Schmidt, Manuel Andrack, Helmut Zerlett
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
Freddie Frinton ...
James
May Warden ...
Heinz Piper ...
Narrator
Edit

Storyline

An older Lady is having a birthday again and has invited four guests: Sir Toby, Lord Pommeroy, Admiral von Schneider and Mr. Winterbotton. The only problem is that the four have passed away long ago, and so the butler has to step in and help drinking all the sherry, wine and champagne served with the birthday dinner. He does a very good job on this and it seems that he also did a very good job for all the four guests after the dinner (upstairs). Written by Roman Fietze <fietze@kodak.COM>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

|

Release Date:

8 June 1963 (West Germany)  »

Also Known As:

The 90th Birthday, or Dinner for One  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The infamous tiger which the butler stumbles over several times wasn't originally in the sketch. It was added by request of a local mayor in a town the show was being played in. When Freddie Frinton stumbled over it by accident during a show it produced such a laughter among the audience that they decided to keep the tiger and make it a part of the show. See more »

Quotes

[at the end of the dinner]
Miss Sophie (starting to rise): I think I'll retire.
James: Are you going to bed? Sit down, Madam, I'll help you up!
See more »

Connections

Version of Dinner op Kölsch (2013) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Same procedure as every year... and still furiously funny!
23 November 2001 | by (Berlin, Germany) – See all my reviews

It is to be wondered why the "Dinner For One" has never been a smash hit in the UK. It is a fact that it has been around for decades. Yet only two people have mastered this sketch in an unforgettable way: The artist Freddie Frinton and his graceful partner May Warden. During a visit to Blackpool, German entertainer Peter Frankenfeld and his colleague Heinz Dunkhase witnessed their great performance and managed, with some hardship, to persuade Frinton to come to Germany to film this most peculiar dinner. Frinton was not at all keen on Germany and its inhabitants and he would not perform in German either (This was perhaps a very wise decision). He also insisted on the tiger over which he stumbles more than once in 18 minutes. The ice bear, that has been organised by the producers had a bigger head than the tiger and this, according to Frinton would really have sent him flying. For eighteen years the Butler James had faithfully served Miss Sophie and her late guests. He would drink at least 4 pints of Sherry, Champagne and Port, always the same procedure as last year, and he would give his mistress a hand up when she decides to retire promising to do his very best. Frinton died five years after the filming just three weeks before the sketch was to be shot once more, in colour. (Sadly enough one of the German TV-stations attempted this once more a few years ago. With German actors and in German. Quite a disaster, if not downright sacrilegious in my opinion.) It is a pure joy to watch this sketch, same procedure as every year and I hope for many a repetition in the future.


26 of 26 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Anyone seen the film in the US? giw
Dinner for One ntrprzing
90. Geburtstag oder Dinner for One, Der (1963) (TV) paul-anthony
Recording Dinner for One rlwillis
Link to video on the web elsie17543
2 versions pcarlsen

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?