One of the landmark "screwball" comedies of the 1930s, My Man Godfrey offers the radiant Carole Lombard in her definitive performance as flighty young heiress Irene Bullock, who on a society scavenger hunt stumbles on Godfrey (William Powell), an erudite hobo residing in the city dump. Godfrey becomes the family's butler, much to the dismay of ...Read MoreOne of the landmark "screwball" comedies of the 1930s, My Man Godfrey offers the radiant Carole Lombard in her definitive performance as flighty young heiress Irene Bullock, who on a society scavenger hunt stumbles on Godfrey (William Powell), an erudite hobo residing in the city dump. Godfrey becomes the family's butler, much to the dismay of Irene's father Alexander (Eugene Pallette), who thinks his household is crazy enough without another apparent lunatic under his roof. Halfway through the film, we discover that Godfrey isn't a penniless bum at all, but the scion of a wealthy Boston family. Having been burned by an unhappy romance, Godfrey dropped out of life, taking up residence in the dump. Here his faith in humanity was restored by his fellow indigents, who managed to survive and remain optimistic despite the worst deprivations. Meanwhile, however, he wants to straighten out the Bullock family, who he feels are a basically decent bunch beneath all their pretensions and eccentricities -- and along the way, of course, Irene determines that Godfrey will be her husband. While Godfrey's ultimate "solution" to the exigencies of the Depression seems more of a placebo, My Man Godfrey is all in all a totally satisfying jolt of 1930s-style wish fulfillment. Hal Erickson, RoviRead Less
Eugene Pallette, Alan Mowbray, Jean Dixon, Gail Patrick, Alice Brady, Carole Lombard, William Powell. Good. 1936 Run time: 93. Connecting viewers with great movies since 1972. All used discs are inspected and guaranteed. Used discs may not include digital content. Customer service is our top priority!
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This is a very comical situational film (a sitcom?) where the idiosyncracies of a well to do, self-centered family play themselves out against the reality of the depression. Not being a sad drama, of course love wins the day. I was very taken with the machine gun like delivery of Carole Lombard when putting out her zingers. Her ditzy character (but really smart?) is juxtaposed against her former real life husband, William Powell. The two (went) worked well together. There is a recently colorized version on the DVD along with the original Black & White. Being a Depression Era product there isn't very much color in anything, except Lombard's beautifully coiffed golden hair.