My Man Godfrey

My Man Godfrey

DVD - 2001
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An eccentric society girl with an equally eccentric family hires a tramp as a butler, who then teaches her that money isn't everything.
Publisher: [Irvington, N.Y.] : Criterion Collection, c2001
ISBN: 9781559409179
1559409177
Branch Call Number: MOVIE MY
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (93 min.) : sd., b&w ; 4 3/4 in

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vpl_onlineinformation Jan 14, 2014

Actress Carole Lombard made her name as a leading comedienne of the screwball comedies of the 1930s. "My Man Godfrey" is a stellar example of the genre in which Lombard plays a dizzy rich girl who falls in love with a homeless man. Lombard passed away on January 16, 1942, in a plane cra... Read More »


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ThomasJWhiting
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)!

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janmasters
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.

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voisjoe1_0
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.

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garycornell
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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Keogh
Apr 24, 2014

A marvelously funny comedy that manages to also be a social commentary on the Depression. Powell has terrific chemistry with both Carole Lombard (his ex wife) and Gail Patrick, playing a tramp hired as a butler for a decidedly eccentric family. The film is smart and wonderfully paced, and deserves its status as a true classic.

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LadySugar
Jan 13, 2014

WOnderful! delightful! engaging! i loved this one! I watched it over!

brendancarlson Feb 11, 2012

A wonderful 'depression era' screwball comedy carried by the always funny William Powell, Carole Lombard and a great supporting cast.

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rgally
Jan 26, 2011

Lovely witty comedy. A treasure in black and white

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c_anderson
Jan 24, 2011

A near-perfect film; witty and urbane. Please watch in black-and-white - the colourized version undermines the beautifully composed shots, and the careful use of fabrics and chrome to add reflection and contrast to the picture.

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