My Man Godfrey
My Man Godfrey (1936)

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

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Rated: G
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Release Date: September 6, 1936
DVD Release Date: September 17, 1998
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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.

TIME Magazine

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.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

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.

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Fernando F. Croce

Gregory La Cava's warm and giddy carousel, a raucous burlesque with a beautiful still center, a lighter and tarter savior fable than Capra's concurrent transmutations of the Gospels

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Hazel-Dawn Dumpert
Village Voice

[A] screwball masterpiece.

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Variety Staff

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

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

Hasn't lost an ounce of its thematic resonance even after all these decades.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

God, but this film is beautiful.

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Time Out

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.

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Kevin Carr
7M Pictures

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 90% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalh„es
A witty political satire that will probably leave you smiling more than laughing out loud, especially when showing the hilarious eccentricities of its crazy… More
Josh Morris
My Man Godfrey is on of the most perfect and deciptively light hearted romatic comedies of all time. This apparently screwball confection is about the class… More
Jim Hunter
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… More
Devon Bott
William Powell stars as Godfrey, a "forgotten man" dragged off to a scavenger hunt party by a pair of spoiled rich girls (I guess Paris Hilton is more… More
Randy Tippy
Incredible cinema! This is why we love Carole Lombard, William Powell and screwball comedies.
Aj V
This movie has some great actors, it's sweet and funny, and the story is somewhat different, but there was just something about it that I thought could… More