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

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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:
I see a room full of empty headed nitwits! See more (273 total) »

Cast

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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
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)
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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)

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Trivia:
The film's copyright appeared at the beginning of the film, under the "production credit," which was "A Gregory La Cava Production." This was unusual in two ways, first that the copyright appeared at the beginning of the film, instead of at the end, and second that it was under the director's name in small print, and not under the production company's name in small print.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: In the living room scene just after the PARK AVENUE CHATTER column that appears, Cornelia's magazine changes. At first, Cornelia picks up a magazine having a dark stripe along the top and bottom of the front cover, then the magazine has a lighter front cover and a woman (resembling her) in an ad on the back cover. As Cornelia moves over to the couch, the magazine changes back to the original one; further, it reveals a star shape on the front cover and a non-portrait on the back cover.See more »
Quotes:
Detective:[notices Carlo by the french doors] Who's that?
Irene:It's mother's protegé.
Detective:No wisecracks. Is that your son?
Alexander Bullock:That? Say, listen. I've made a lot of mistakes in my life, but I'll be hanged if I'll plead guilty to that!
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Soundtrack:
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47 out of 51 people found the following review useful.
I see a room full of empty headed nitwits!, 4 March 2008
Author: JohnRouseMerriottChard from United Kingdom

If I was the sort of person who scrutinised every frame of my viewings looking for flaws, then I still wouldn't have issue here because My Man Godfrey has no cracks in its make up. It is perfect cinema from a golden age that we rarely see in this day and age. During a rich peoples socialite scavenger hunt, air head Irene Bullock wins the contest to see who can find a forgotten man, a hobo, and showcase him at the toffs party. She falls for the charisma of down and out Godfrey Parke and gives him the job of Butler to the family Bullock, this of course bemuses the family, even more so when Godfrey turns out to be far more than they originally thought.

My Man Godfrey is one of those old classic comedies that has satire at its heart, here the rich are firmly in the target sights of the makers, for it's they who come across as bumbling buffoons, whilst Godfrey the hobo is the one with tact and grace, he is the one they all should take their markers from. Yet as important as the social message is here, it's the brilliant comedy that comes to the fore, this is an electric script benefiting from great work from all involved. William Powell is Godfrey, it's a perfect performance as he is never flustered yet delivering funny lines with caustic impact. Carole Lombard is just precious as the dopey love sick Irene, her interplay with Powell is comedy gold. My favourite of the bunch tho is Eugene Palette as Alexander, the father of this bizarro family, every mannerism and every line out of his mouth had me in stitches. I must also mention that of the 6 Oscars the film was nominated for, I'm stunned there wasn't one for Gail Patrick as Cornelia, it's devilishly icy and weasel like, and she impacted hard on me to the point that I wanted to strangle her, a great performance from her.

Truth is, they are all great, from the actors to the director, from the editor to the writer, My Man Godfrey is a truly brilliant film that easily entered my top 100 greatest films list today. 10/10

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