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Director Gregory La Cava deftly balances satire, romance, and social comment in this 1936 classic, which echoes Frank Capra in its Depression-era subtext. The Bullocks are a well-heeled, harebrained Manhattan family genetically engineered for screwball collisions: father Alexander (Eugene Pallette, of the foghorn voice and thick-knit eyebrows) is the breadwinner at wit's end, thanks to his spoiled daughters, the sultry Cornelia (Gail Patrick) and the sweet but scatterbrained Irene (a luminous Carole Lombard), his dizzy and doting wife, Angelica (Alice Brady), and her "protégé," Italian freeloader Carlo (Mischa Auer). When Irene wins a society scavenger hunt (and atypically trumps her scheming sister) by producing a "lost man," a seeming tramp named Godfrey (William Powell), all their lives are transformed. With the always suave, effortlessly funny Powell in the title role, this mystery man provides the film's conscience and its model of decency; the giddy, passionate Lombard holds out its model for triumphant love. In a movie riddled with memorable comic highlights, the real miracle is the unapologetic romanticism that prevails. --Sam Sutherland
After years as a poster child for archival neglect, this 1936 screwball gem is restored to its original luster in Criterion's exemplary digital transfer, which yields nearly pristine imaging and a clearer soundtrack. Even the opening credits, combining miniatures, animation, and art deco type design to create a panorama of New York's riverfront, is a revelation after decades of poor transfers. Better yet, this edition restores a brief but crucial scene (a pivotal visit by Carole Lombard's Irene to "butler" Godfrey's service quarters) absent from most public domain-sourced versions. Extras include a thoughtful audio commentary by historian Bob Gilpin, a few outtakes, production stills, an original trailer, and the radio adaptation (which also featured stars Powell and Lombard)--modest extras when compared to those found on some modern DVDs, but substantial for a movie lensed more than six decades ago. For classics fans, this is nirvana. --Sam Sutherland --This text refers to an alternate DVD edition.
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My Man Godfrey(released Sept/36)stars,among others,William Powell,Carole Lombard,Alice Brady,Gail Patrick and
Eugene Pallette. Read more
My Man Godfrey is A Excellent Comedy Drama. William Powell Plays A Bum Who's down And Out. And Carole Lombard Plays A rich woman who sympathizes with him. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Movie Buff K. D.
It is uncommon for any movie to much outlive the period in which it was created ..... but this is certainly one of them.Published 20 months ago by Harold McPeake
One of my favourite films of the classic B&W movie age. The chemistry between the two leads is self evident and it's hard to see any of the expected animosity that you would... Read morePublished on June 5 2013 by 1/2DHsquared
I really enjoyed this movie. Story line moves along nicely. Colorized feature not only adds to the visual enjoyment but also maintains the mood and settings of the venue. Read morePublished on April 22 2013 by John W.H.D Jones
I think fans of this film already know the familiar story line, so I won't get into that here. The great news is it's being presented as part of Universal's 100th Anniversary... Read morePublished on Sept. 19 2012 by Movieman, Montreal
The ancient writers of the past used to write their books would age when people were educated and became better..if education was really the problem. Here we have a play... Read morePublished on July 14 2012 by Anthony Marinelli
I'm such a fan of William Powell and he does not disappoint in this film at all. The quality is good and so is the price. Read morePublished on Feb. 21 2012 by Amazonfan