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Dinner for One (1963)

Der 90. Geburtstag oder Dinner for One (original title)
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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Freddie Frinton ...
May Warden ...
Heinz Piper ...


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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Release Date:

8 June 1963 (West Germany)  »

Also Known As:

The 90th Birthday, or Dinner for One  »

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1.33 : 1
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At first, the program was only used as a filler on German TV. It was shown four times between 1963 and 1972 before it finally got its now famous regular airing on New Years Eve in 1972. It is so popular in Germany that it is shown multiple times on New Years Eve so that everybody can watch it, when it best fits their schedule. In 2003 it aired a total of 19 times on different stations in Germany. See more »


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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Referenced in Neues aus der Anstalt: Das große Ganze (2012) See more »

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Brilliant. The funniest 15 minutes you will ever see.
12 September 2003 | by (Melbourne. Australia) – See all my reviews

It has always astonished me that it is the Germans, not noted for their international sense of humour,who have kept this quite wonderful skit alive. Danke Deutschland! It is superb. 10 out of 10 any day. However beware, there is a video /dvd about that claims to come from Switzerland that is cut to ribbons - only 11 minutes (out of the original 18) and is of quite dreadful quality. Avoid this like the plague. Catch it on your TV at Christmas if you can. You get the full works and the very good introduction by Herr Piper. We even get it here in Australia now. It is a real gem.

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