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My Man Godfrey (1936)

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A scatterbrained socialite hires a vagrant as a family butler...but there's more to Godfrey than meets the eye.

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Storyline

In the depths of the Depression, a party game brings dizzy socialite Irene Bullock to the city dump where she meets Godfrey, a derelict, and ends by hiring him as family butler. He finds the Bullocks to be the epitome of idle rich, and nutty as the proverbial fruitcake. Soon, the dramatizing Irene is in love with her 'protege'...who feels strongly that a romance between servant and employer is out of place, regardless of that servant's mysterious past... Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Romance | Comedy

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17 September 1936 (USA)  »

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$656,000 (estimated)
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(Western Noiseless Recording Electric)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The film makes reference to the Dionne Quintuplets, who were born just months before this was filmed, when Mrs. Bullock says, "Why shouldn't Godfrey have five children? If a woman in Canada can have five children, why can't Godfrey?" It was common, at the time, to have the Quintuplets referenced in films, because they were the first multiple birth, past triplets, to all be born alive. According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the girls are still the largest multiple birth recognized by them, because they only recognize babies conceived naturally. See more »

Goofs

After Cornelia's necklace supposedly disappears, three police officers are at the Bullock home to investigate. Minutes later, only two of them are shown leaving. See more »

Quotes

Angelica Bullock: Oh, Alexander, you missed all the excitement.
Alexander Bullock: What's going on?
Angelica Bullock: Oh, let me see. I knew what it was I wanted to say, but somehow it slipped my mind.
Alexander Bullock: What's the matter with Irene?
Angelica Bullock: Oh, yes, that's it. Irene's got herself engaged!
Alexander Bullock: To whom?
Angelica Bullock: Oh, I don't know, Van something-or-other. I think he's the boy with his arm around that girl in pink. He's got lots of money.
Alexander Bullock: Well, he'll need it.
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The opening credits features a darkened city skyline and the names of the cast and crew appear as the camera pans across lighted billboards and neon signs. See more »

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Referenced in Little Brother Rat (1939) See more »

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Ochi Chyornye (Dark Eyes)
(1843) (uncredited)
Alternately spelled "Ochi (or Otchi) Tchornya (or Chornya, Choirni, Tchorniya)
Lyrics by Yevhen Hrebinka
Played on piano and sung often by Mischa Auer
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The 1st movie Oscar nominated in all 4 acting category.
4 June 2003 | by (washington dc) – See all my reviews

Why it did not receive a Best Picture nomination is a mystery to me. This is an excellent screwball comedy with a sane & socially conscious message. Although the whole cast is flawless, I would give a slight edge to Alice Brady. She did not win the Oscar in 36, but did win in 37 for "In Old Chicago". She had one of the best lines in the movie when speaking to one of her daughters 'It took me all these years to realize insanity runs on your father's side'. Eugene Pallete is excellent as the father & should also have been nominated. This is the only movie I can remember watching with Carole Lombard & she illuminates the screen in every scence. A must! 10/10


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