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My Man Godfrey (1936)

Director:
Gregory La Cava
COUNTRY
USA
GENRE
Screwball comedy
NORWEGIAN TITLE
Godfrey kan alt
RUNNING TIME
94 minutes
Producer:
Charles R. Rogers
Screenwriters:
Eric Hatch
Morrie Ryskind


Cast includes:

CHARACTER ACTOR/ACTRESS RATING
Godfrey William Powell
Irene Bullock Carole Lombard
Angelica Bullock Alice Brady
Cornelia Bullock Gail Patrick
Alexander Bullock Eugene Pallette
Molly Jean Dixon
Tommy Gray Alan Mowbray
Carlo Mischa Auer

 

Review

Don't judge a book by its cover, except if the book in question is a spoiled, well-to-do daughter of socialites. This quintessential screwball comedy combines fast-paced dialogue with some clever twists and turns, as the contrasts between rich and poor in Depression era New York City are dissected. William Powell plays a "forgotten man" living in a dump who is invited to work as a butler for an eccentric, socially impaired socialite family. There he waits tables and ultimately turns them. The film is amiable and righteous to a fault, and the quips don't at all feel as dated as the inevitable, bone-dry romance between real-life ex-spouses Powell and Carole Lombard. The film would have been more effective had Lombard and Alice Brady, as the mother, played their roles with a hint of realism, like the far more interesting Gail Patrick does as the mischievous sister. Nominated for six Oscars at the 9th Academy Awards in 1937, but won none.

Copyright 06.01.2018 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang

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