Telephone Time: Season 3, Episode 23

Recipe for Success (11 Feb. 1958)

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Renowned chef Henri Charpentier--the man who invented Crepes Suzette--recalls the "good old days" with famed actress Sarah Bernhardt. He recalls for her how he went from being one of the ... See full summary »

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Frank Baxter ...
Himself - Host (as Dr. Frank Baxter)
Walter Slezak ...
Henri Charpentier
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Theodore Marcuse ...
John P. William (as Ted Marcuse)
Alphonse Martell ...
Waiter
Martha Wentworth ...
Jeanette
Chris Essay ...
Entremetier (as Christoper Essay)
George Milan ...
Chauffeur
George Dee ...
Alphonse (Waiter)
Rita Shanker ...
Little Girl
Edith Barrett ...
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Renowned chef Henri Charpentier--the man who invented Crepes Suzette--recalls the "good old days" with famed actress Sarah Bernhardt. He recalls for her how he went from being one of the world's most famous--and richest--chefs to his situation now, with his business gone and his once considerable fortune dissipated. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Sweet, gentle and memorable.
25 October 2010 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This is one of the episodes from Bell Telephone's "Telephone Time"--an anthology series from the 1950s. Fortunately, a few episodes are available for viewing DVD, but it appears as if the vast majority are unfortunately not available.

This is the true story about the life of Henri Charpentier--a world-famous chef and possible inventor of the Crêpe Suzette. I say possible, because the exact origins of this dish are not 100% sure--and the story in this episode seems a bit different from other accounts. Regardless, the story is marvelously played by Walter Slezak. He played the part so lovingly and sweetly that I was entranced--particularly when he had the pleasure to serve Sarah Bernhardt at a special meal during an evening when his restaurant should have been closed. I was also taken by how easily the Austrian-born actor seemed to speak French--it wasn't bad. The story is sweet and well acted by everyone. What I particularly enjoyed was seeing the real-life Charpentier interviewed at the very end. A delight.


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