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Director:
Writers:
Morrie Ryskind (screen play) &
Eric Hatch (screen play) ...
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Release Date:
17 September 1936 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
A scatterbrained socialite hires a vagrant as a family butler...but there's more to Godfrey than meets the eye. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for 6 Oscars. Another 1 win See more »
User Reviews:
Set Firmly In The Depression See more (297 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

William Powell ... Godfrey

Carole Lombard ... Irene Bullock

Alice Brady ... Angelica Bullock
Gail Patrick ... Cornelia Bullock

Eugene Pallette ... Alexander Bullock
Jean Dixon ... Molly

Alan Mowbray ... Tommy Gray

Mischa Auer ... Carlo

Pat Flaherty ... Mike Flaherty
Robert Light ... Faithful George
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ernie Adams ... Forgotten Man (uncredited)
Jimmy Aye ... Party Guest (uncredited)
James Carlisle ... Socialite (uncredited)
Jack Chefe ... Headwaiter (uncredited)
Elaine Cochrane ... Socialite (uncredited)
Phyllis Crane ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Eddie Fetherston ... Process Server (uncredited)
Grace Field ... Socialite (uncredited)
James Flavin ... Detective #2 (uncredited)
Bess Flowers ... Mrs. Merriweather (uncredited)
Edward Gargan ... Detective (uncredited)
Carlton Griffin ... Socialite (uncredited)
David S. Horsley ... Socialite (uncredited)
Selmer Jackson ... Blake - Socialite (uncredited)
Richard Kipling ... Socialite (uncredited)
Andrea Leeds ... Socialite at Scavenger Hunt (uncredited)
Ethelreda Leopold ... Socialite (uncredited)
Reginald Mason ... Mayor Courtney (uncredited)
Philip Merrick ... Socialite (uncredited)
Bert Moorhouse ... Card Playing Party Guest (uncredited)
Robert Morgan ... Socialite (uncredited)
Louis Natheaux ... Socialiste (uncredited)
Franklin Pangborn ... Guthrie (uncredited)
Bob Perry ... Bob - Doorman (uncredited)
Katherine Perry ... Socialite (uncredited)
Albert Petit ... Receptionist (uncredited)
Jean Rogers ... Socialite (uncredited)
Ronald R. Rondell ... Socialite at Scavenger Hunt (uncredited)
Arthur Singley ... Clarence (uncredited)
Larry Steers ... Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
Grady Sutton ... Charlie Van Rumple (uncredited)
Russell Wade ... Socialite at Scavenger Hunt (uncredited)
William Wagner ... Waiter (uncredited)
Arthur Wanzer ... Arthur Valentine (uncredited)
Harley Wood ... Socialite (uncredited)

Jane Wyman ... Socialite (uncredited)

Directed by
Gregory La Cava 
 
Writing credits
Morrie Ryskind (screen play) &
Eric Hatch (screen play)

Eric Hatch (based on the novel by)

Zoe Akins  contributing writer (uncredited)
Gregory La Cava  uncredited
Robert Presnell Sr.  contributing writer (uncredited)

Produced by
Charles R. Rogers .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Charles Previn (uncredited)
Rudy Schrager (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Ted Tetzlaff (photographer)
 
Film Editing by
Ted J. Kent (film editor) (as Ted Kent)
Russell F. Schoengarth (film editor) (as Russell Schoengarth)
 
Art Direction by
Charles D. Hall 
 
Makeup Department
Loretta Francel .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Hugh Roman .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Scott R. Beal .... assistant director (uncredited)
Fred Frank .... assistant director (uncredited)
Nate D. Slott .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Homer G. Tasker .... sound supervisor
Joe Lapis .... sound recordist (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
John P. Fulton .... special effects
 
Stunts
Chick Collins .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Travis Banton .... gowns: Miss Lombard (uncredited)
Brymer .... other wardrobe (uncredited)
Eugene Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Maurice Pivar .... supervising film editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Charles Previn .... musical director
 
Other crew
Kay Thackery .... script supervisor
Maude Allen .... script supervisor (uncredited)
Chick Collins .... stand-in: William Powell (uncredited)
Dolores Conrad .... stand-in: Alice Brady (uncredited)
Doc Dearborn .... stand-in: William Powell (uncredited)
Dixie Martin .... stand-in: Carole Lombard (uncredited)
Grace Moody .... stand-in: Gail Patrick (uncredited)
A.W. Newington .... stand-in: Eugene Pallette (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
94 min | USA:90 min (2005 DVD release)
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Noiseless Recording Electric)
Certification:
Argentina:13 | Australia:G | Finland:K-16 | Netherlands:14 (original rating) (1937) | Netherlands:14 (re-rating) (1937) | Portugal:M/6 | South Korea:15 (2003) | UK:A (original rating) | UK:U (re-rating) (1996) | USA:Not Rated | USA:TV-G (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (PCA #2302)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Carole Lombard had a habit of ad-libbing by inserting swear words into the dialogue, which necessitated the re-shooting of several scenes.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: Godfrey is placing roses in a vase while ignoring Irene. In one shot, he has already placed five stems in the vase. The camera cuts away to the rest of the cast but when Godfrey is seen again, there is only one rose in the vase.See more »
Quotes:
Cornelia Bullock:Will you do me a big favor?
Faithful George:Who do you want killed?
Cornelia Bullock:I'll do my own killing.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Misadventures of Margaret (1998)See more »
Soundtrack:
Ochi Chyornye (Dark Eyes)See more »

FAQ

How did Godfrey know Cornelia hid the necklace under the mattress?
What is the answer to Molly's crossword puzzle?
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26 out of 35 people found the following review useful.
Set Firmly In The Depression, 5 February 2007
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

For his second Academy Award nomination for Best Actor William Powell was loaned to Universal for My Man Godfrey. At the time this film was made there was a lot of buzz about Powell working with Carole Lombard who only a few years earlier he had been married to. They needn't have worried. The split was an amicable one and Powell and Lombard got along great on the set and created along with Director Gregory LaCava one of the classic screwball comedies of the Thirties.

In fact My Man Godfrey got a whole host of nominations, for LaCava for Best Director, for Carole Lombard, for Mischa Auer for Best Supporting Actor and Alice Brady for Best Supporting Actress. In the very first year of the Supporting categories, My Man Godfrey had nominees in all the acting categories, but failed to win any awards. Curiously enough, it wasn't nominated for Best Picture.

The Bulloch sisters Carole Lombard and Gail Patrick a pair of ditzy society girls are on a scavenger hunt which takes them to the city dump where they are to find a forgotten man. The expression is taken from Franklin D. Roosevelt who called those who were out of work and without hope forgotten men. The phrase had a lot of currency back in the day.

In fact My Man Godfrey's origins are rooted in the Depression Years. When Powell turns down Patrick's invitation to be her trophy in the scavenger hunt, he accepts Lombard's. It turns out he's no ordinary forgotten man, he is the heir to a large estate held by a prominent Boston WASP family. But that's a fact he conceals from the Bulloch sisters when he's hired as their butler.

His time with the Bulloch family is a learning experience indeed for both of them. The Depression hasn't hit these two girls, but it almost does save for Powell's financial acumen.

As I said the film is firmly ground in those years of the Depression and the New Deal. It's hard to fathom, but when FDR took office on March 4, 1933, twenty five percent of the workforce was unemployed. Today if the number reaches above five percent the doomsayers are calling it a depression. I remember an uncle of mine telling me that when he graduated high school in 1937 a year after My Man Godfrey he could not get work for over 2 years until America went on a war footing before Pearl Harbor. After that he got drafted and didn't have to worry about a job for a few years. He might have been living just like the men in the city dump, but for the fact my grandparents had jobs and kept a roof over everyone's head.

Mischa Auer plays Carlo, a kind of permanent houseguest of Alice Brady as Mrs. Bulloch. In today's world long after the Code has been repealed, Auer might well have been more explicitly gay.

Eugene Palette is Mr. Bulloch who freely admits he lives in a house of scatterbrains. Though he got no nominations his playing of the Bulloch patriarch set a standard for him in playing a host of put upon fathers.

In 1957 My Man Godfrey was remade with David Niven and June Allyson co-starring. Neither of the leads lacked for the charm needed to put over the story, but instead of The Great Depression, David Niven is an illegal alien looking to get a visa. You don't quite feel for him as you do for the jobless and hopeless William Powell.

If My Man Godfrey is ever remade in the modern era, let's hope they keep the economic underpinnings of this classic screwball comedy, even if they don't take it back to the Depression Years.

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