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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:
Classic Screwball Comedy See more (300 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)

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Trivia:
When William Powell and director Gregory La Cava had a disagreement over how Godfrey should be played, they talked it out over a bottle of Scotch in Powell's dressing room. The next day, LaCava returned to the movie set with a major headache, but Powell was not there. The director received a telegram from his star: "WE MAY HAVE FOUND GODFREY LAST NIGHT BUT WE LOST POWELL. SEE YOU TOMORROW."See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Irene first goes into Godfrey's room the door opens to the right, in the direction of the kitchen - revealing Molly standing in the background. In the next shot the door is open on the left, in the direction of the bedroom.See more »
Quotes:
Detective:Just a minute, sister!
Molly:If I thought that were true, I'd disown my parents.
Detective:[chuckles] So you got a passion for jewelry, huh?
Molly:Yes... I got a passion for socking cops.
Detective:Where are they?
Molly:Most of them are in cemeteries.
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Drink a HighballSee more »

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46 out of 52 people found the following review useful.
Classic Screwball Comedy, 31 October 2000
Author: royal1422 from Nebraska

My Man Godfrey is a classic ensemble film with Carole Lombard and William Powell at the helm. The comedic timing is nearly perfect and the script is a winner. Character actors Eugene Palette and Mischa Auer absolutely shine. Lombard defined screwball with her on and off screen antics. Her portrayal of the rich and flighty (yet ultimately wise) Irene Bullock is one of her best performances. Powell's Godfrey matches her step for step, and Powell does one better by showing us depth in his character rather than play straight man to her every madcap move.

The movie is fast-paced and defines the word zany. What is worth noting though is that in many ways it is a commentary of the times by comparing the 'haves' and 'have nots'. I would encourage everyone to watch with more than a comedic eye. Through Godfrey, director Gregory La Cava's film speaks volumes about the conditions of the 1930s. The U.S. was plunged in a depression that forced thousands to the breadlines. The film opens with a treasure hunt and one of the items to find is a forgotten man. The rich set out to the city dump to locate him with no regard for his plight or his dignity. The man they bring back as the prize is Godfrey, who soon is employed by the Bullock family as their butler. Powell and Gail Patrick as Irene's snooty sister, Cornelia, are the antithesis of each other and some of the best social barbs are exchanged between them. Keeping their esteemed place in society is paramount to the Bullock family, and only the father (Pallette) ever seems to worry about money. However, La Cava does not allow the film to wallow in pity for those less fortunate. The film amuses throughout but it is a real art to weave social commentary into a comedy without banging you over the head. La Cava pulls it off beautifully.

La Cava, Lombard, Powell, Auer, and Alice Brady all deservedly earned Academy Award nominations. This movie will make you laugh and it should. It is very, very funny. It should also make you think. I suspect if you do both, Mr. La Cava and his wonderful cast will have done their jobs.

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