On election night we meet Peter, an idealistic young man, who suddenly discovers he has forgotten to vote. On his way to the polls he encounters a variety of taxi drivers, all racist in ... See full summary »
Anders Thomas Jensen
Jens Jørn Spottag,
A very old woman wants to have dinner with her friends. As they are all dead, the butler has to play the role of every guest. He does a very good job, but wine can get you easily drunk, when you're drinking it for six people! Written by
A. Jenneskens <firstname.lastname@example.org>
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 »
[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]
[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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I have been trying to see this for some years as I saw Freddie Frinton perform it on stage c 1955 where it was a standard routine of his stage act. As a television program it probably seems very stagy and dated for UK tastes but it is great that a classic piece of comedy has been preserved. I still remembered the names of the guests - Admiral Von Schneider etc from when I was 9. Good to see it again. Frinton's drunk was always a classic and I think he appeared in a number of films in the background doing just that. I do not know if May Warden appeared with him on stage but she was a regular character actress in the 60's. It would be interesting to know how many TV airings it has had in Germany. I do not think it has ever been shown in the UK.
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