My Man Godfrey (1936)

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“My Man Godfrey” is a 1936 American screwball comedy film directed by Gregory La Cava and starring William Powell and Carole Lombard. The film tells the story of a wealthy but eccentric family, the Bullocks, who take on a new butler, Godfrey (William Powell), who turns out to be much more than he appears.

Godfrey is a well-educated and cultured man who has fallen on hard times and is living as a homeless man. When he is discovered by Irene Bullock (Carole Lombard), she hires him to be the family’s butler. Godfrey is initially reluctant, but eventually agrees to the job, finding himself in the middle of the Bullocks’ wacky and unpredictable world.

As Godfrey navigates the quirky and dysfunctional family, he becomes particularly close to the strong-willed Irene, who develops a crush on him. However, Godfrey must also contend with Irene’s jealous sister, Cornelia (Gail Patrick), who tries to sabotage their relationship.

Throughout the film, Godfrey’s wit and intelligence shine through, even as he navigates the various zany situations thrown his way by the Bullocks. The film also tackles issues of class and social status, as Godfrey’s humble origins contrast with the extravagant wealth of the Bullocks.

In the end, Godfrey is revealed to be much more than just a butler, and his true identity and motivations are uncovered. The film is a classic example of a screwball comedy, with its fast-paced dialogue, physical comedy, and over-the-top characters. It was a critical and commercial success upon its release, and remains a beloved classic of the genre.

Gregory La Cava

Morrie Ryskind, Eric Hatch, Zoe Akins

William Powell, Carole Lombard, Alice Brady

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