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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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one tip when opening, first remove the barcode sticker before trying to slide the DVD case out of the cardboard sleeve.
This 5 out of 5 star screwball classic has only been available previously on budget labels (of varying quality), or as a very expensive Criterion release. It's terrific to see Universal releasing this as well as another classic Public Domain title, Charade. The print quality & extras are great, well done. Happy 100th!
It's a hilarious romp set in the beginnings of the great depression, showing both the poverty and the affluence of the two very dissimilar classes of people and how it doesn't take that much for the tables to turn on both. Enjoy this little piece of escapism some evening you feel like a good laugh.
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Eugene Pallette.This is a classic in the screwball comedy vein.Another of my favourites is The 20th Century and it also stars Lombard, which I hope they one day make a GOOD official release of.This film is,from the get go, a winner,with a brilliant cast from Powell,to Alice Brady who specialized in playing air headed women, to Mischa Auer, who plays a visiting wanna-be composer who never goes away.
The story finds us in the "real" world of the dirty 30s.Powell is a derelict and living at the edge of a garbage dump down by the East River, with dozens of other men.One evening competitive rich sisters Lombard and Patrick are on a scavenger hunt and they come upon this place.Their goal is to get a "forgotten man",the first one who does wins the contest.Well Powell won't go with a down-your-nose Patrick,but is intrigued by Lombard.Lombard transports him back and wins.She then impulsively employs him as the butler of the house.
Powell reports the next day all decked out in a butler suit and commences his duties in what he soon finds out is one screwy and dysfunctional household.Pallette is the put upon business man/father who has to literally pay for all his daughter's drunken indiscretions and his wife's buying sprees.Add to this a wanna composer lounging about the house,Powell soon finds he has bitten off more than he can chew.
At a party, a rich gent from Boston(Alan Mowbray) is there and when Powell offers him some hors d'oeuvres,Mowbray immediately recognizes him.It is his old Harvard school chum! Powell puts the exnay on that and Mowbray comes up with an elaborate albeit phony excuse as to their past relationship.Read more ›
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It's called a classic. It's old, mono sound, black and white and 4x3 ratio. SO WHAT!!
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It is uncommon for any movie to much outlive the period in which it was created ..... but this is certainly one of them.Published on Nov. 29 2013 by Harold McPeake
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