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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.


Steve Sekely (as István Székely)




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


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


Remade as Hippolyt (1999) See more »


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 Big Classic Smile
3 January 2005 | by alomhozo01See all my reviews

This movie is one of my favorite. It's perfect. One of the perfect comedies. No violent, no sexuality, no adult language. Fresh and suggestive. The song are pretty good, my favorite: "Köszönöm,hogy imadott". This song is one of the most favorite movie songs in Hungary.

This movie is looks like a historical ride to an age, where everyone respect everyone. The story are strong, and full of fun.

This movie is an European answer to the American movies with dancing and music. No race with the American movies, just shows the feeling of the 1930-40 years.

The characters are good and funny. The womens are beautiful.

This is a light and very funny comedy, about love, respect and fun.

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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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