Hippolyt, the Lackey (1932)

Genres - Drama  |   Run Time - 85 min.  |   Countries - Hungary  |  
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Hippolyt, the Lackey was the second production to emanate from the Budapest studios of young-and-hungry Hunnia Studios. Former expressman Mattias Schneider may have recently come into a fortune, but he remains the same simple, down-to-earth soul he always was. But Mrs. Schneider is a social-climbing type, and she insists that their daughter Terka seek out a wealthy husband, even though the girl is in love with Schneider's employee Benedeck. To teach her husband and daughter the proper social attitudes and graces, Mrs. S. hires a butler named Hippolyt (portrayed by celebrated National Theatre of Budapest leading man Gyula Csortos) who has spent his life in service to the rich and famous. Hippolyt advices Schneider to join the "right" clubs, and as an added fillip, to take a young mistress, like any proper Hungarian gentlemen. Schneider takes Hippolyt's advice and invites a saucy showgirl named Mimi to his home, thoroughly destroying Mrs. Schneider's dreams of entering the aristocracy but somehow paving the way to a happy ending for Terka and Benedeck. Hippolyt, the Lackey was also lensed in a German-language version.

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advice, aristocracy, butler, city-life, dance [art], daughter, entrepreneur, family, father, gentleman, high-society, inheritance, love, mistress, nightclub, nightlife, nouveau-riche, party, past, patriarch, society, wife, worker