# The Birthday Party (film) - Plot

Plot

The protagonist is a lodger in his late 30s named Stanley (Webber), played by Robert Shaw, who is staying at a seaside boarding house; he is visited by two unexpected additional guests, menacing and mysterious strangers, Goldberg (Sydney Tafler) and McCann (Patrick Magee). Their neighbour, Lulu (Helen Fraser) brings her a parcel, a boy's toy drum presented to Stanley as his "birthday present." Goldberg and McCann offer to host Stanley's birthday party after Stanley's landlady, Meg (Boles), played by Dandy Nichols, tells them that it is Stanley's birthday, although Stanley protests that it is really not his birthday. In the course of the party, Goldberg and McCann break Stanley down and ultimately take him away from the house purportedly to get medical attention (from "Monty") in their car. The film ends (as the play ends) after Meg's husband Petey (Moultrie Kelsall), a deckchair attendant, who did not attend the party because he was out playing chess, calls after Stanley, "Stan, don't let them tell you what to do"; at the end, Meg, still somewhat hung over, is unaware that Stanley has been taken away, since Petey has not told her that, and tells him that she was "the belle of the ball."

### Other articles related to "plot, plots":

Bresenham's Line Algorithm - Derivation - Algorithm
... plot(x0,y0, x1,y1) dx=x1-x0 dy=y1-y0 D = 2*dy - dx plot(x0,y0) y=y0 for x from x0+1 to x1 if D > 0 y = y+1 plot(x,y) D = D + (2*dy-2*dx) else plot(x,y) D ...
Babington Plot - Mary's Imprisonment
... in 1567, she became the focus of numerous plots and intrigues to restore England to the Catholic fold ... if the claimant were ignorant of the plot, would be excluded from the line and executed ... who would benefit from the death of the Queen if a plot against her was discovered ...
Les Misérables - Plot - Volume II – Cosette
... Valjean arrives at Montfermeil on Christmas Eve ... He finds Cosette fetching water in the woods alone and walks with her to the inn ...
Zoltan, Hound Of Dracula (film) - Plot
... Zoltan opens another coffin shaken loose from the crypt, this one holding the body of an innkeeper, Nalder, who once owned the crypt ... Zoltan removes the stake from the innkeeper's chest, reanimating the innkeeper ...
Q-Q Plot - Interpretation
... The points plotted in a Q–Q plot are always non-decreasing when viewed from left to right ... If the two distributions being compared are identical, the Q–Q plot follows the 45° line y = x ... the values in one of the distributions, then the Q–Q plot follows some line, but not necessarily the line y = x ...

### Famous quotes containing the word plot:

The plot was most interesting. It belonged to no particular age, people, or country, and was perhaps the more delightful on that account, as nobody’s previous information could afford the remotest glimmering of what would ever come of it.
Charles Dickens (1812–1870)

But, when to Sin our byast Nature leans,
The careful Devil is still at hand with means;
And providently Pimps for ill desires:
The Good Old Cause, reviv’d, a Plot requires,
Plots, true or false, are necessary things,
To raise up Common-wealths and ruine Kings.
John Dryden (1631–1700)

James’s great gift, of course, was his ability to tell a plot in shimmering detail with such delicacy of treatment and such fine aloofness—that is, reluctance to engage in any direct grappling with what, in the play or story, had actually “taken place”Mthat his listeners often did not, in the end, know what had, to put it in another way, “gone on.”
James Thurber (1894–1961)