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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) &
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Release Date:
6 September 1936 (USA) See more »
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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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Nominated for 6 Oscars. Another 1 win See more »
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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:
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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 failure of the original copyright holder to renew the film's copyright resulted in it falling into public domain, meaning that virtually anyone could duplicate and sell a VHS/DVD copy of the film. Therefore, many of the versions of this film available on the market are either severely (and usually badly) edited and/or of extremely poor quality, having been duped from second- or third-generation (or more) copies of the film.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:
Alexander Bullock:We've got to come to an understanding right now: either Carlo is or I am.
Angelica Bullock:Am what?
Alexander Bullock:Well, one of us has got to and that's all there is to it.
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Der Deitcher's Dog (Oh Where, Oh Where Has My Little Dog Gone)See more »

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How did Godfrey know Cornelia hid the necklace under the mattress?
What is the answer to Molly's crossword puzzle?
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43 out of 50 people found the following review useful.
Scavenger hunt, 3 November 2005
Author: jotix100 from New York

The great depression of the 30s, in a way, created inequality in this country. On the one hand, great fortunes were made and many more were lost. In those days Hollywood's idea for escapism was the screwball comedy, with an emphasis in presenting how the privileged classes lived. This was in sharp contrast with what the majority of regular citizens were experiencing.

With that background, Gregory La Cava, a man who knew how to entertain an audience, took the direction of "My Man Godfrey". In the film we are given, on the one hand, what appears to be a city dump near to Sutton Place, one of the richest areas in Manhattan. We are shown a destitute man, Godfrey, who comes in contact with a couple of rich girls out on a scavenger hunt. Godfrey will change their lives forever.

"My Man Godfrey" gathered a distinguished cast. William Powell and Carole Lombard were at the pinnacle of their popularity. Both actors exuded charisma in any film they graced with their charming presence. They both left a mark of distinction in this comedy. Both are elegant and sophisticated, and they make us care about the characters they are playing.

The best thing about those 30s comedies were the marvelous ensemble casts assembled to support the stars. Thus, one is treated to delicious performances by Gail Patrick, Eugene Palette, Alice Brady, Micha Auer, Jean Dixon and Alan Mowbray.

This is a classic film that will live forever.

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