My Man Godfrey
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One of the landmark "screwball" comedies of the 1930s, My Man Godfrey offers the radiant Carole Lombard in her definitive performance as flighty young heiress Irene Bullock, who on a society scavenger hunt stumbles on Godfrey (William Powell), an erudite hobo residing in the city dump. Godfrey becomes the family's butler, much to the dismay of Irene's father Alexander (Eugene Pallette), who thinks his household is crazy enough without another apparent lunatic under his roof. Halfway through the film, we discover that Godfrey isn't a penniless bum at all, but the scion of… More
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"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."
‑ , TIME Magazine
"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."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"Hasn't lost an ounce of its thematic resonance even after all these decades."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"Director Gregory La Cava was a master of the sustained comedy."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"The ultimate Depression-era satire of the idle rich and tribute to the noble poor. This popular theme was never more devastatingly realized than in this opening sequence…"
‑ Steven D. Greydanus, Decent Films Guide
"[A] screwball masterpiece."
‑ Hazel-Dawn Dumpert, Village Voice
"William Powell and Carole Lombard are pleasantly teamed in this splendidly produced comedy."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"There's a charm to both Powell and Lombard, making the film transcend generations. It's a cute movie that has fun with levels of wealth in society and sibling rivalry."
‑ Kevin Carr, 7M Pictures
"Its whimsical winning nature still comes through."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"A silvery romp."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"God, but this film is beautiful."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"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."
‑ , Time Out
"A brilliantly executed screwball, full of both madcap humour and bitter satire."
‑ , Film4
"One of the most enchanting and poignant screwball comedies of all time, La Cava's zany film reflects the zeitgeist of the Depression and is supremely acted by William Powell, Carol Lombard and the rest of the ensemble."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Hugely popular in its day, this is witty romantic comedy with barbed social commentary."
‑ Marjorie Baumgarten, Austin Chronicle
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