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My Man Godfrey (1936)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 6 September 1936 (USA)
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A scatterbrained socialite hires a vagrant as a family butler...but there's more to Godfrey than meets the eye.

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Nominated for 6 Oscars. Another 1 win. See more awards »

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Complete credited cast:
... Godfrey
... Irene Bullock
... Angelica Bullock
... Cornelia Bullock
... Alexander Bullock
... Molly
... Tommy Gray
... Carlo
... Mike Flaherty
... Faithful George
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In the depths of the Depression, a party game brings dizzy socialite Irene Bullock to the city dump where she meets Godfrey, a derelict, and ends by hiring him as family butler. He finds the Bullocks to be the epitome of idle rich, and nutty as the proverbial fruitcake. Soon, the dramatizing Irene is in love with her 'protege'...who feels strongly that a romance between servant and employer is out of place, regardless of that servant's mysterious past... Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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6 September 1936 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Al servicio de las damas  »

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$656,000 (estimated)
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(Western Noiseless Recording Electric)

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1.37 : 1
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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

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

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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The opening credits features a darkened city skyline and the names of the cast and crew appear as the camera pans across lighted billboards and neon signs. See more »


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Ochi Chyornye (Dark Eyes)
(1843) (uncredited)
Alternately spelled "Ochi (or Otchi) Tchornya (or Chornya, Choirni, Tchorniya)
Lyrics by Yevhen Hrebinka
Played on piano and sung often by Mischa Auer
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The 1st movie Oscar nominated in all 4 acting category.
4 June 2003 | by See all my reviews

Why it did not receive a Best Picture nomination is a mystery to me. This is an excellent screwball comedy with a sane & socially conscious message. Although the whole cast is flawless, I would give a slight edge to Alice Brady. She did not win the Oscar in 36, but did win in 37 for "In Old Chicago". She had one of the best lines in the movie when speaking to one of her daughters 'It took me all these years to realize insanity runs on your father's side'. Eugene Pallete is excellent as the father & should also have been nominated. This is the only movie I can remember watching with Carole Lombard & she illuminates the screen in every scence. A must! 10/10


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