My Man Godfrey

My Man Godfrey

William Powell
Director: Gregory La Cava Cast: William Powell
William Powell
, Carole Lombard
Carole Lombard
, Alice Brady
Alice Brady
Gregory La Cava


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One of the landmark "screwball" comedies of the 1930s, My Man Godfrey offers the radiant Carole Lombard in her definitive performance as flighty young heiress Irene Bullock, who on a society scavenger hunt stumbles on Godfrey (William Powell), an erudite hobo residing in the city dump. Godfrey becomes the family's butler, much to the dismay of Irene's father Alexander (Eugene Pallette), who thinks his household is crazy enough without another apparent lunatic under his roof. Halfway through the film, we discover that Godfrey isn't a penniless bum at all, but the scion of a wealthy Boston family. Having been burned by an unhappy romance, Godfrey dropped out of life, taking up residence in the dump. Here his faith in humanity was restored by his fellow indigents, who managed to survive and remain optimistic despite the worst deprivations. Meanwhile, however, he wants to straighten out the Bullock family, who he feels are a basically decent bunch beneath all their pretensions and eccentricities -- and along the way, of course, Irene determines that Godfrey will be her husband. While Godfrey's ultimate "solution" to the exigencies of the Depression seems more of a placebo, My Man Godfrey is all in all a totally satisfying jolt of 1930s-style wish fulfillment.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/18/2018
UPC: 0715515220415
Original Release: 1936
Source: Criterion Collection
Sales rank: 11,998

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
William Powell Actor
Carole Lombard Irene Bullock,Actor
Alice Brady Actor
Gail Patrick Cornelia Bullock
Jean Dixon Molly
Eugene Pallette Alexander Bullock
Ernie S. Adams Forgotten Man
Mischa Auer Carlo
Jack Chefe Headwaiter
Chick Collins Double for William Powell
Phyllis Crane Party guest
Eddie Fetherstone Process Server
Grace Field Actor
Pat Flaherty Mike
James Flavin Second Detective
Bess Flowers Party Guest
Edward Gargan Detective
David S. Horsley Actor
Selmar Jackson Blake, a Guest
Robert Light Faithful George
Reginald Mason Mayor
Alan Mowbray Tommy Gray
Franklin Pangborn Master of Ceremonies
Bob Perry Bob, the Hobo
Katherine Perry Actor
Robert Perry Doorman
Jean Rogers Girl
Arthur Singley Chauffeur
Grady Sutton Van Rumple
Arthur Wanzer Man
David Ward Van Rumple
Harley Wood Socialite
Jane Wyman Party Guest

Technical Credits
Gregory La Cava Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Charles Hall Art Director
Ted Tetzlaff Cinematographer
Travis Banton Costumes/Costume Designer
Ted Kent Editor
Russell Schoengarth Editor
Charles R. Rogers Executive Producer
Charles Previn Musical Direction/Supervision,Score Composer
Eric Hatch Screenwriter
Morris Ryskind Screenwriter
John P. Fulton Special Effects

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