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Old 20-01-2016, 23:54   #1

Dinner for One

I was recently reminded of this; it is a sketch starring Freddie Frinton as the butler, and several different actresses have played the dowager, but the most famous was May Warden. The comedy sketch was written by British author Lauri Wylie in the 1920s for the theatre.

My understanding is that the sketch first appeared in the British Music Halls, particularly in Blackpool and seaside piers as early as 1945 where I believe my parents must have seen it, because they talked about it when I was a boy before it was picked up for television in 1963. I happened to catch it in the early 1980s on HBO after they first started broadcasting, but it is not shown any longer.

My cousin in the south of France told me this morning (isn't that amazing?) that the sketch is played religiously on New Years Eve in many countries in Europe and elsewhere. Watching it has become a tradition. It is popular in Australia, New Zealand and South Africa, too. Everyone watches it and laughs heartily every year as though it were the first time. Also, it is usually quoted around the dinner table on NYE and everyone falls around laughing!

German language introduction but the sketch is in English:

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Old 21-01-2016, 05:29   #2
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Germany ..... The mother in law was quite surprised when yours truly wasn't remotely like the depiction & furthermore utterly gobsmacked that I'd never seen it, what with me being English & all.
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Germany ..... me being English & all.
English? Come on DinG that is stretching it a bit too far
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Old 20-06-2016, 13:50   #4
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Hi The sketch was regularly on German TV particularly at Christmas and latterly in colour as well with Freddie being popular over yon. :--) Always nice to read something about the old stars.

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Old 20-06-2016, 14:44   #5
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Could it be that Mr Pastry is biased in his views on the old stars ?
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Old 20-06-2016, 18:29   #6
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I loved Mr Pastry doing the Lancers. Classic.
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Old 22-06-2016, 11:10   #7
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Was a lovely man Richard Hearne doing much good work for disabled children throughout his life. Thankfully a number of his films are out on DVD to be enjoyed.
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