My Man Godfrey

My Man Godfrey

DVD - 2001
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A zany millionaire family invites a tramp to be their butler.


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Jun 20, 2020

Interesting...and of course well-acted. This film came out in 1936. So that's Great Depression and Dust Bowl years. There's a carefree optimism, i.e., anything can change at any minute, so you might as well enjoy it. And there is also a genuine, heartfelt compassion for those having a tough time of it. It's a glorification of humanity (and humility) over riches. Is great to see.

Apr 02, 2020

This is, hands down, one of Carole Lombard's best films. She seems completely comfortable in the role of Irene Bullock, at least in part because she stars opposite ex-husband William Powell. In fact, Powell, a huge star at the time, used his substantial influence to have Lombard cast as the goofy socialite with a heart of gold. This classic film is instantly available to download from Hoopla.

Dec 29, 2019

1936 Oscar-nominated comedy classic.
It's a winning, heartfelt comedy with terrific performances and shouldn't be missed.
Highly Recommended.

Oct 17, 2019

Excellent. Defines screwball comedy. William Powell and Carole Lombard have amazing chemistry. Excellent acting, superior dialog and interaction, with a screwy script. Eccentric rich family takes on 'forgotten man' (ie. bum from the dump) as their butler during the Great Depression. Constant comic mayhem ensues. Godfrey becomes the 'normal' and pivotal person in the household. Recommend. There are a few obscure references (children: quintuplets (the Dionne quints were worldwide news back when this film was made) but they do not detract from the story.

May 24, 2019

Truly classic comedy! A rags to riches type story involving Godfrey; a bum who lives at the City Dump who is "won" by a beautiful woman in a scavenger hunt, suddenly finds himself working at their exquisite home as their butler. Some very funny moments here and a little romance as well

Jun 11, 2018

Truly a classic and a screwball comedy. I enjoyed watching the exchange in fortunes and also wondering what my grandparents must have thought as they lived through this timeframe.

Aug 03, 2016

GREAT 1938 post-Depression screwball comedy. Lots of fun sequences - like when Carlo plays gorilla. whacky maid Molly's role, the Dump nightclub at...the dump, etc.
Overall, an excellent period piece/film exploration of flavors of socio-economic difference.
I'm having so much fun investigating, researching, viewing these films from before I was born - thanks, KCLS (and IMDB)!

Oct 20, 2015

FYI--the 1950s remake with David Niven and June Allyson is also zany but updating it to the '50s loses some of the "bite" of the original, but the remake is still worth watching.

Jul 30, 2015

William Powell plays Godfrey, a homeless man living in America a few years after the stock market crash of 1929. Powell does a favor for a maiden, played by Carole Lombard, whose whole family is basically oblivious to the tragic poverty of the millions of Americans not in the upper 0.1% and for this favor he gets a job as butler. This film is categorized as a screw-ball comedy and is one of the earliest and best. The American Film Institute ranks this as one of the top 50 American comedies and also in the top 400 of all American films. Now in 2015, just a few years after the Great Recession of 2009, it seems kind of timely, as it depicts the immense wealth gap between the rich and the rest of society.

Aug 08, 2014

Great movies come along so infrequently. "My Man Godfrey" was made in 1939 with William Powell and Carol Lombard. Both are wonderful in the movie. I have read so many movie reviewers about "My Man Godfrey" and it is universally loved. Everyone involved with the movie did a superior job working together to bring such a fine film together. I thought it was William Powell's best film performance. You will see him in a totally different light from such hits as "The Thin Man". I hope you and your family get the opportunity to watch such a fine film. Thanks for reading the above. As always, let me know here how you liked the film.
P.S. Thanks to brendacarlson, LadySugar, and Keogh for their reviews of "My Man Godfrey". They all gave it Five Stars and have wonderful comments on the movie.

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