Watch an Awkward and Funny Moment From ‘Downton Abbey’ | Anatomy of a Scene

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  • Published: 27 September 2019
  • Order, structure and manners get momentarily derailed in one comic moment from the “Downton Abbey” movie.

    The king and queen are paying a visit to the estate, and the Downton staff are eager to serve them. The only wrinkle is that the royals are arriving with their own domestic help, so they won’t get the benefit of Mrs. Patmore’s cooking.

    The Downton servants beg to differ. They devise a plan to take back their rightful places by sidelining the royal staff. In this scene, one Downton servant, Molesley (Kevin Doyle), speaks up to let the king know that the evening's meal is indeed the work of Mrs. Patmore after all. The moment quickly becomes quiet and awkward. Narrating the sequence, the director Michael Engler explains the steps he took to create the maximum comic effect.

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Comments • 56

  • Shannon Nealy
    Shannon Nealy  6 days back

    I just loved loved the movie! It should win an Oscar for best cinematography. So many scenes were just breath-taking!

    • crafty bee
      crafty bee  1 weeks back

      Molesley stole the movie with this brilliant acting - even from the
      Dowager herself! Our whole audience was in shock (as in we all felt for
      poor old Molesley) and then the laughter filled the room! Well done
      Kevin Doyle!!

      • Caitlin Olson
        Caitlin Olson  2 weeks back

        I was dying during this scene! Gotta love Mosley 😂

        • Gerard Collins
          Gerard Collins  2 weeks back

          This scene ruined the movie for me. It was pure cringe. I've always hated Moseleys character and this definitely reinforced that hatred.

          • s b
            s b  2 weeks back

            abolish all bloodsucker monarchies from the face of earth

          • s b
            s b  2 weeks back

            abolish all bloodsucker monarchies from the face of earth

            • DIY DIVA
              DIY DIVA  2 weeks back

              The whole premise of Anna Bates hatching the plot to replace the Kings staff was absurd. It's like they didn't remember who she was in the series.

              • Mr P
                Mr P  1 days back

                DIY DIVA exactly my point. The sweet, innocent angelic Anna was portrayed as a devious and cunning Mrs Bates. The only part of the movie I don’t like.

            • Paul Richards
              Paul Richards  2 weeks back

              Great scene laughed out loud

              • OrioXP
                OrioXP  3 weeks back

                Do you have to be familiar with the show or can you watch this movie with no context and still enjoy it?

                • OrioXP
                  OrioXP  2 weeks back

                  Thanks ^_^

                • Van Tadeo
                  Van Tadeo  2 weeks back

                  You'll still get it but emotionally, you won't be as invested as the viewers of the series.

                • Paul Richards
                  Paul Richards  2 weeks back

                  Its worth watching the previous series to get a feel for the great characters

              • helena
                helena  3 weeks back

                i literally died

                • Claudia Farr
                  Claudia Farr  3 weeks back

                  This was the most magnificent scene in the movie everyone in the theater that I was with we all absolutely felt his pain and embarrassment but when he curtsied instead of bowed that was it we were all done in. It was so wonderful and that actor was so excellent everyone was wonderful the movie was wonderful I saw it five days ago and I’m still on a high from it

                  • Diva Queen
                    Diva Queen  3 weeks back

                    This was the best scene in the film x

                    • Marilyn Ramirez
                      Marilyn Ramirez  3 weeks back

                      This scene made the movie. It was hillarious!

                      • Karl Delavigne
                        Karl Delavigne  3 weeks back

                        Oh that was soooo embarrassing 😂

                        • Frank Lee Steamed
                          Frank Lee Steamed  3 weeks back

                          Stupidness.

                          • Glenda Hawkins
                            Glenda Hawkins  3 weeks back

                            Moseley is HELARIOUS!

                            • Daniel Wileman
                              Daniel Wileman  3 weeks back

                              Great acting by Kevin Doyle! Utterly cringe worthy but hilarious! The whole cinema were roaring with laughter and watching from between their fingers as we covered our eyes with embarrassment for poor Mosley 😂😂😂

                              • Robyn M
                                Robyn M  3 weeks back

                                I went this past Monday & the whole theater was cracking up & it increased when he did the bow/curtsey, some thought he was passing gas as he went lower & lower into his curtsey. I wish I had been able to have seen the whole series. I have been binge watching all the clips & that's when I watched the advertisement for the movie. I took to locating the nearest theater that was playing it & I wish it could have been longer!
                                The actors did an awesome job. My favourite is Maggie Smith!! She had so many wonderfully scripted quick witted responses & her delivery was impeccable!
                                If you haven't seen this movie, do so before it's out of the theater's. It has everything you'd expect a good movie to have and you will be drawn into it as though you were there in person!!

                                • JD Paramount
                                  JD Paramount  3 weeks back

                                  I absolutely LOVED this movie!!!! Seen it twice, and this seen was hilarious!!! 😂😂😂😂

                                  • Sophie Hoeberechts zum Vorde Sive Vording

                                    Funniest moment of the movie...what a wonderful actor is Kevin Doyle. had me crying of laughter

                                    • Rosie Delorme
                                      Rosie Delorme  3 weeks back

                                      This was the funniest part of the whole movie , couldn’t stop giggling as did others in theatre

                                      • C J
                                        C J  2 weeks back

                                        Rosie Delorme I nearly sprayed the people in front of me.

                                      • DanJo Galicia
                                        DanJo Galicia  3 weeks back

                                        I agree. Everyone in the theater laughed.

                                    • Susan Kay
                                      Susan Kay  3 weeks back

                                      A-aaand, Mosely steps in it yet again!
                                      Poor boy!

                                      • /
                                        /  3 weeks back

                                        Their has to be humor in a movie with a man acting like a woman. It's part of the trans agenda. Not saying it wasn't funny, just saying why it was there

                                        • parrotprodigy productions
                                          parrotprodigy productions  2 weeks back

                                          Wow. Do you see all public events in the light of sexuality and gender? Your comment borders on being called a "tinfoil hat conspiracy theory".

                                        • ToutCQJM
                                          ToutCQJM  3 weeks back

                                          / troll

                                      • Krystal Tourangi
                                        Krystal Tourangi  3 weeks back

                                        I legit giggled the whole way through this scene Mosley is a whole shmood

                                        • Maja Elisabeth
                                          Maja Elisabeth  3 weeks back

                                          Excellent 😂❤️

                                          • Pankaj Kumar Jaiswal
                                            Pankaj Kumar Jaiswal  3 weeks back

                                            Today, the New York Times has propagated false propaganda against India, this newspaper gets funds to run false news, what does New York know about India, it has run Pakistan's agenda,

                                            • Dillion T
                                              Dillion T  3 weeks back

                                              india’s fine

                                            • Pankaj Kumar Jaiswal
                                              Pankaj Kumar Jaiswal  3 weeks back

                                              @ToutCQJMIt does not matter here the paper of Nyt also does not use for cleaning shoes.NYT does not do fair journalism, I saw some news in this newspaper which was not quite right. This newspaper wants to appease India.

                                            • ToutCQJM
                                              ToutCQJM  3 weeks back

                                              Pankaj Kumar Jaiswal somehow I’m pretty sure that the problems in India start much closer to home than in the NYT.

                                            • Pankaj Kumar Jaiswal
                                              Pankaj Kumar Jaiswal  3 weeks back

                                              @Rosie Delorme I know that it is another subject,,, but I had to make people focus on main page of new York times newspaper (29/9/2019) but unfortunately, that content was not available on YouTube and website of new york times

                                            • Rosie Delorme
                                              Rosie Delorme  3 weeks back

                                              Pankaj try to focus on subject !!

                                          • Sanity Reigns
                                            Sanity Reigns  3 weeks back

                                            Don't let lying Trump see this....he thinks he's King and Dictator enough as it is....

                                            • Phillips Lee
                                              Phillips Lee  3 weeks back

                                              Wait. They actually made the movie? :o

                                              • Chana Berlove
                                                Chana Berlove  3 weeks back

                                                Its nothing like the show, just the same setting and cast

                                            • magna czagany
                                              magna czagany  4 weeks back

                                              They couldn’t have him dance again like in Scotland so they made him curtsy.

                                              • Peter Billionaire
                                                Peter Billionaire  4 weeks back

                                                1:53 Men bow, they don't curtsy. Was the curtsy intended to show his ignorance? Seems unlikely.

                                                • Red Potter
                                                  Red Potter  3 weeks back

                                                  I watched the movie, the curtesy plays as a joke. Throughtout the film there is attention called to the respective curtsying and bowing so by the time we reach this scene there is no chance that the audience, no matter where they are, don’t get it.

                                                • dadama925
                                                  dadama925  3 weeks back

                                                  Clueless are we?

                                                • ewells95
                                                  ewells95  3 weeks back

                                                  Peter Billionaire he’s clearly nervous. Not much executive functioning when you’ve blundered like that!

                                                • gumigumi
                                                  gumigumi  4 weeks back

                                                  footmen also don't address the king at a dinner party, it's supposed to be funny

                                              • Yellowwood
                                                Yellowwood  4 weeks back

                                                I loved loved luuuuuuved Dowton Abby. Mosley was one of these funniest characters. I always felt sorry for him. ☹️

                                                • lovelyMissInna
                                                  lovelyMissInna  4 weeks back

                                                  This had me wheezing, Mosley is forever a mood. I want to go back to the theatre to see this again 😂

                                                  • Barwry Offical
                                                    Barwry Offical  4 weeks back

                                                    God night for home

                                                    • Just a Texas Girl
                                                      Just a Texas Girl  4 weeks back

                                                      ❤️ Mr. Moseley

                                                      • Dark
                                                        Dark  4 weeks back

                                                        Where is the video about Tulsi Gabbard?????

                                                        • Lana S.
                                                          Lana S.  4 weeks back

                                                          Makes me want to see the film even more.

                                                          • Glenn Leahey
                                                            Glenn Leahey  4 weeks back

                                                            I have many friends who've already seen it. I'll be seeing it next week and no one will cause yet another rescheduling. Not again! lol