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Hyppolit, the Butler (1931)

Hyppolit a lakáj (original title)
A butler changes the life of a nouveau-riche entrepreneur's life, while his daughter falls in love with the company's manager instead of a suitor chosen for her.

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Steve Sekely (as István Székely)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gyula Csortos Gyula Csortos ... Hyppolit
Gyula Kabos Gyula Kabos ... Mátyás Schneider
Mici Haraszti Mici Haraszti ... Schneider's Wife
Éva Fenyvessy Éva Fenyvessy ... Terka, Schneider's Daughter
Sándor Góth Sándor Góth ... Member of the Supreme Council
Gyula Gózon Gyula Gózon ... Makáts
Mici Erdélyi Mici Erdélyi ... Mimi, Night Club Dancer
Pál Jávor ... István Benedek
Jenö Herczeg Jenö Herczeg
István Bársony István Bársony
Lajos Gárdonyi Lajos Gárdonyi
Ferenc Pázmán Ferenc Pázmán ... Schneider barátja
Andor Sárossy Andor Sárossy
Ernõ Szenes Ernõ Szenes ... Tóbiás (as Ernö Szenes)
Elvira Horváthy Elvira Horváthy ... Physical Instructor
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Storyline

Mrs. Schneider is recommended to employ a butler instead of a new chambermaid. She agrees, and soon a man called Hyppolit turns up. He had served a count for 27 years, and immediately notes that this house needs a new regime concerning etiquette, manner and furnishing. The Schneiders are wealthy, but used to ordinary middle-class manners. Now they have to put on evening-dress when having supper. Mrs. Schneider has to undergo a rigorous diet, and Mr. Schneider isn't allowed to eat his favorite dishes anymore. To survive both of them sneak out to restaurants in the evenings. Mrs. Schneider wants her daughter Terka to marry Mr. Makáts, because the Schneider Company needs an important contract with his uncle. But Terka is more interested in the company's manager, Benedek, who is also secretly infatuated by her. The Schneiders arrange a big party with Makáts's uncle as guest of honor. The situation becomes complicated, when the night-club vocalist Mimi, who Mr. Schneider has met the ... Written by Maths Jesperson {maths.jesperson1@comhem.se}

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Country:

Hungary

Language:

Hungarian

Release Date:

27 November 1931 (Hungary) See more »

Also Known As:

Hippolyt, the Lackey See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Tobis-Klangfilm)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Trivia

Tóbiás the driver misunderstands Hyppolit's name, introducing him as "hippodrome" which is ancient greek for horse-racing stadium. See more »

Connections

Version of Er und sein Diener (1931) See more »

Soundtracks

Pá, kis aranyom
Music by Mihály Eisemann
Lyrics by László Szilágyi and István Mihály
Performed by Mici Erdélyi
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Sunday Afternoon Movie
6 January 2002 | by Mort-31See all my reviews

Apart from being, as I heard, one of Hungary's cult movies, this movie has a couple of really funny scenes, a charming story and a tremendously old-fashioned atmosphere. It's classic light theatre on film, of course with some songs in between, songs which sound terrible because the film is so old but which are still known throughout Hungary. Really nice - and short, a perfect Sunday afternoon movie.

And it's interesting to hear how Hungarian upper class people used to talk seventy years ago.


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