Rent My Man Godfrey (1936)

3.8 of 5 from 100 ratings
1h 30min
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Synopsis:
Carole Lombard and William Powell dazzle in this definitive screwball comedy by Gregory La Cava - a potent cocktail of romantic repartee and social critique. Irene (Lombard), an eccentric, wealthy Manhattanite, wins a society-ball scavenger hunt after finding a "forgotten man" (Powell) - an apparent down-and-out drifter - at a dump. She gives him work as the family butler and soon falls head over heels for him. Her attempts to both woo Godfrey and indoctrinate him in the household's dysfunction make for a string of madcap high jinks that has never been bested.
Actors:
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Directors:
Writers:
Morrie Ryskind, Eric Hatch
Others:
Morris Ryskind
Studio:
GMVS Entertainment
Genres:
Classics, Comedy, Romance
BBFC:
Release Date:
08/12/2003
Run Time:
90 minutes
Languages:
English
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Full Screen 1.37:1
Colour:
B & W
BBFC:
Release Date:
17/09/2018
Run Time:
93 minutes
Languages:
English
Subtitles:
None
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Full Screen 1.33:1 / 4:3
Colour:
B & W
BLU-RAY Regions:
B
Bonus:
  • New interview with critic Nick Pinkerton on director Gregory La Cava
  • Outtakes
  • Lux Radio Theatre adaptation of the film from 1938
  • Newsreels depicting Great Depression class divides
  • An essay by critic Farran Smith Nehme

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Reviews (1) of My Man Godfrey

Classic Screwball Comedy - My Man Godfrey review by Steve Mason

Spoiler Alert
19/06/2012

An interesting thing about screwball comedies is that, though they are exclusively set among the rich and privileged, the Art Deco and cocktail set, they exist in a specific time and place, the economic desolation of depression era America.

My Man Godfrey is about a victim of the depression found living among the forgotten men of a big American city by a family of ditzy socialites, who then employ him as their butler. Through his experience of deprivation he exposes the dilettante Bullocks to dignity and integrity and social responsibility.

Which doesn't make it a worthy film. It is fabulously entertaining, adorably romantic, and extremely funny. A wonderful adornment to early Hollywood and thirties America.

And Mischa Auer's turn as an idle, foppish, largely idiotic Latin poet, should not be missed.

1 out of 1 members found this review helpful.

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