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Der 90. Geburtstag oder Dinner for One (1963)

TV Movie  |   |  Comedy  |  8 June 1963 (West Germany)
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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!.

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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>

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Freddie Frinton didn't originally like the sketch at all, and almost refused to do it. But after seeing it several times he agreed to adopt it and make it his own. It was recorded in Hamburg's 'Theater am Besenbinderhof' on 8 July 1963. It was recorded in English as Freddie Frinton refused to do it in German due to his long-standing hate of Germany because of WW2. To this day Germany still shows the original English version in respect of Freddie Frinton (making it one of the only shows presented that way on German TV). See more »

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James: Ooh, I'll kill that cat!
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Laughter is the best medicine and you can't do better than this
10 January 2000 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

Miss Sophie (May Warden) believes that her birthdays should be celebrated even though she has outlived her dearest friends. So on her ninetieth the party becomes a fantasy and James the butler (Freddie Frinton) has to go along with the make-believe. With only two players, it is in my opinion one of the funniest short TV movies ever to hit the screen. I laugh even at the thought of it. Freddie Frinton does a superb job as the butler serving the three courses with the accompanying drinks. He not only impersonates each of the four imaginary guests (which he does in such admirable style that at the end we feel we know each of them so very well) but the arrangement is that he must quaff down all the drinks as well. His antics as the alcohol starts to take effect have to be seen to be believed. Miss Sophie, a lady of some standing(graciously played by May Warden although she doesn't look 90) seems to be totally unaware of her butler's inebriated condition. This contrast probably heightens the humour of the piece. She keeps insisting that the party should "proceed as usual". If by the end of the birthday party you have not fallen off your seat with uncontrollable laughter, then the very suggestive final punchline should do it. In short, a wonderful little movie and a lasting memorial to Freddie Frinton who died in 1968 just 5 years after the film was completed.


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