Der 90. Geburtstag oder Dinner for One (1963)

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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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8 June 1963 (West Germany)  »

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In Norway the skit is shown in black and white every 23rd December, the night before Norwegians celebrate Christmas. NRK, the state channel, has tried to send it in colors on New years eve, but received massive protests from the people. See more »

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James: [as Mr Winterbottom, now affected by what he has drunk so far] Here's to one of the nicest little women... *hic!*... one of the nicest little WOMEN!... that's ever breathed... ever breathed...
[James hesitates, then looks closely at Miss Sophie for a moment]
James: [after partly composing himself] ... ever breathed. I now declare this bazaar open, and so forth.
[James drinks Mr. Winterbottom's drink and belches loudly]
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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.


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