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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.
My Man Godfrey -- A landmark screwball comedy from Hollywood's golden age, My Man Godfrey follows the madcap antics of a ditzy debutante (Carole Lombard) who stumbles upon a "forgotten man" (William Powell) at the city dump. Determined to help Godfrey out, she offers him work in her household and he soon becomes the perfect butler for her eccentric family.


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Release Date:
17 September 1936 (USA) See more »
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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  (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
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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94 min | USA:90 min (2005 DVD release)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Noiseless Recording Electric)
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?

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 »
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 »
Irene:[visiting Godfrey's restaurant built on top of the old dump] Oh my, how you've fixed this place up, Godfrey! It's much nicer than when I was here before!
Godfrey:Oh, you've noticed that, huh?
Irene:Are the forgotten men having a party?
Godfrey:It's their annual reunion.
Irene:I saw the mayor out there. Is he one of them, too?
Godfrey:He's the guest of honor.
Irene:Oh, it's a lovely view - the view of the bridge. Is it always there?
Godfrey:Most always.
Irene:Oh, you have a kitchen! I'm gonna like this place very much.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Misadventures of Margaret (1998)See more »
Der Deitcher's Dog (Oh Where, Oh Where Has My Little Dog Gone)See more »


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64 out of 72 people found the following review useful.
We've really lost something nowadays, 4 July 2001
Author: zetes from Saint Paul, MN

I don't want to be one of those "they don't make 'em like they used to" people, but I just can't help it when it comes to comedy. We've lost that talent completely, it seems. I can't think of any really great comedies of the past ten years. The golden age for film comedy was the mid 1930s to the mid 1940s (at least for the talkies; silent comedies were a totally different art form). This is also the period of the screwball comedy. My Man Godfrey was one of the first screwball comedies. Films such as Bringing Up Baby and The Lady Eve perfected the form, but My Man Godfrey is nearly as perfect. It isn't quite as funny as Bringing Up Baby nor is it as emotionally resonant as The Lady Eve, but it is funny, it has depression era social commentary (its main theme is identical to Preston Sturges' Sullivan's Travels, beating it by 6 years), and the script is marvelous. The finale is as good as any other comic finale, including the last scene of Some Like it Hot.

The actors are also in top form. William Powell is the straight man, and he plays it very well. All the rest are as nutty as ever. Carole Lombard probably gives her greatest performance here (I suppose I shouldn't say that since I've only seen her in one other film; I can only guess at this since it is one of the funniest performances of film history). Gail Patrick is perfectly devious as Lombard's conniving sister. Eugene Pallette is great as their father. Alice Brady, though, steals the show as their mother, a total fruit cake whose protoge, Carlo (Mischa Auer) does nothing but eat the household's food and pound the same couple of notes on their piano. And look for cameos by MGM regulars Franklin Pangborn and Grady Sutton. 10/10

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