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Hyppolit a lakáj (1931)

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 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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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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Mono (Tobis-Klangfilm)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Voted as one of the "12 Best Hungarian Films" ("New Budapest 12") by Hungarian filmmakers and critics in 2000. See more »

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Referenced in Piri mindent tud (1932) See more »

Soundtracks

Köszönöm, hogy imádott
Music by Mihály Eisemann
Lyrics by László Szilágyi and István Mihály
Performed by Éva Fenyvessy and Gyula Gózon
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A classic cult comedy
27 January 2005 | by meitschiSee all my reviews

Though made as early as 1931, this film still has cult status in Hungary and was voted last year by a group of critics one of the 12 best Hungarian films of the century.

Mrs. Schneider, the wife of Mr. Schneider, a nouveau riche, wants to have a real butler to bring some 'class' into her household. This butler, Hyppolit, who had served at a count's castle before, turns everything upside down in the house. He changes the whole furniture as well as Mr. and Mrs. Schneider's eating habits. Things get more complicated, when Terka, the young daughter of the Schneiders should be married to a friend of her father's she does not love - and Mr. Schneider becomes seduced by a night club dancer called Mimi...

Some lines of the film as well as its songs 'Pá, kis aranyom pá' (Bye, Sweetie, Bye Bye) and 'Köszönöm, hogy imádott' (Thank You for Adoring Me) are still widely quoted and known in Hungary. A must-see for fans of old-fashioned, light-hearted comedy!


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