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Der 90. Geburtstag oder Dinner for One (1963)

Not Rated | | Short, Comedy | TV Short May 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!.
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The sketch presents the 90th birthday of elderly upper-class Englishwoman Miss Sophie, who hosts a celebration dinner every year for her friends Mr Pommeroy, Mr Winterbottom, Sir Toby, and Admiral von Schneider. (The plot has nothing to do with New Year's Eve. There is a "Happy new year" toast, but this is purely a reference to Miss Sophie's birthday.) The problem is that due to Miss Sophie's considerable age, she has outlived all of her friends, and so her equally aged manservant James makes his way around the table, impersonating each of the guests in turn. Miss Sophie decides on appropriate drinks to accompany the menu: Mulligatawny soup (Miss Sophie orders dry sherry), North Sea haddock (with white wine), chicken (with champagne), and fruit for dessert (with port) served by James, who finds himself raising (and emptying) his glass four times per course. That takes its toll, increasingly noticeable in James's growing difficulty in pouring the drinks, telling wine glasses from vases... Written by Simon Slade

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May 1963 (Switzerland)  »

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Narrator Heinz Pieper made the mistake of mistranslating "Same procedure as last year" to "Same procedure than last year". This led to numerous protests by English-teachers, so that NDR was obliged to replace those lines with (correct) test recordings, which have been spliced in since 1988 - though on close inspection, both Frintons and Wardens lips obviously still move to the incorrect line. See more »

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After James burps, Miss Sophie takes hold of her chair's armrests probably in anticipation of James almost tipping her chair backwards. See more »

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Two people, a dinner-table and a truckload of laughs
31 December 2004 | by See all my reviews

This little short comedy is an annual tradition in my family. Every year on new year's eve, it's shown on Danish television. I don't think there's been a new year's eve in my life where I haven't seen it. Even though I've seen it so many times, and my family must have seen it far more times, we've never gotten tired of it. The laughs fill the room, and everyone is sitting in anticipation and with the laughs just below the surface for the whole thing... except when we're roaring with laughter, which is most of the duration. I don't believe there is anything that has a greater or even equal ratio of laughs to seconds passed than this little sketch. Here in Denmark, it's only 14 minutes long, and I don't think there is ever more than just 5 seconds in a row without a laugh or two. The comedy is universal... I don't know anyone who doesn't find it funny. Plot, pacing, acting and characters are all top-notch. I doubt there will ever be a new year's eve where I don't see this. I look forward to seeing it more so than the actual celebration of new year's. I can't really say anything more... words don't do it justice. If you have a chance, see it. Chances are you'll enjoy it. I have yet to meet one single person who doesn't. 10/10


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