My Man Godfrey (1936)

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Critic Consensus: A class satire in a class of its own, My Man Godfrey's screwball comedy is as sharp as the social commentary is biting.


Movie Info

A scatterbrained socialite hires Godfrey, a vagrant, as a family butler, but there's more to Godfrey than meets the eye.

Rating: G
Genre: Drama, Romance, Classics, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Morrie Ryskind, Eric Hatch, Morris Ryskind, Gregory La Cava
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 17, 1998
Runtime:
Universal Pictures

Cast


as Godfrey

as Irene Bullock

as Alexander Bullock

as Angelica Bullock

as Cornelia Bullock

as Tommy Gray

as Molly, Maid

as Carlo

as Faithful George

as Bob, the Hobo

as Scorekeeper

as Blake, a Guest

as Doorman

as Party guest

as Van Rumple

as Headwaiter

as Socialite

as Process Server

as Detective

as Detective

as Chauffeur

as Girl at Party

as Socialite

as Blake, a Guest

as Socialite

as Van Rumple

as Socialite

as Socialite

as Forgotten Man

as Double for William P...

as Process Server
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Critic Reviews for My Man Godfrey

All Critics (29) | Top Critics (7)

My Man Godfrey emerges with that evasive quality that is not skillful playing, writing or direction, but something that mysteriously adds itself to these things, and makes a tip-top picture.

Full Review… | April 24, 2009
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

[A] screwball masterpiece.

Full Review… | February 6, 2009
Village Voice
Top Critic

God, but this film is beautiful.

Full Review… | February 6, 2009
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Gregory La Cava's improvisational style received its highest critical acclaim for this 1936 film, a marginally Marxist exercise in class confusion during the Depression.

Full Review… | February 6, 2009
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

William Powell and Carole Lombard are pleasantly teamed in this splendidly produced comedy.

Full Review… | October 18, 2008
Variety
Top Critic

The film has lost some of its allure over the years, but it's still streets and streets ahead of the addled whimsy favoured by latter-day Hollywood.

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for My Man Godfrey

½

A witty political satire that will probably leave you smiling more than laughing out loud, especially when showing the eccentricities of the hilarious crazy family, and it is dominated by some wonderful, Oscar-nominated performances from Powell, Lombard and Brady.

blacksheepboy
Carlos Magalh„es

Super Reviewer

A socialite falls for her butler who has a secret about his past.
What great satire. The way the upper classes are exposed as caddy and the way they treat the lower classes as playthings resonates even today when some people wonder at the plight of the poor: "If they don't have enough money, why don't they buy more of it?"
William Powell's performance is of the time, reserved and aloof but occasionally charming, and Carole Lombard nails the flighty Irene Bullock.
Overall, this is a film that has certainly stood the test of time and remains poignantly funny.

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Jim Hunter

Super Reviewer

Incredible cinema! This is why we love Carole Lombard, William Powell and screwball comedies.

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Randy Tippy

Super Reviewer

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