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My Man Godfrey (1936)



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.

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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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Carole Lombard
as Irene Bullock
Eugene Pallette
as Alexander Bullock
Alice Brady
as Angelica Bullock
Gail Patrick
as Cornelia Bullock
Alan Mowbray
as Tommy Gray
Jean Dixon
as Molly, Maid
Robert Light
as Faithful George
Bob Perry
as Bob, the Hobo
Franklin Pangborn
as Scorekeeper
Selmer Jackson
as Blake, a Guest
Robert Perry
as Doorman
Phyllis Crane
as Party guest
Grady Sutton
as Van Rumple
Jack Chefe
as Headwaiter
Eddie Featherston
as Process Server
Edward Gargan
as Detective
James Flavin
as Detective
Arthur Singley
as Chauffeur
Jane Wyman
as Girl at Party
Grace Field
as Socialite
Selmar Jackson
as Blake, a Guest
Katherine Perry
as Socialite
Harley Wood
as Socialite
David Ward
as Van Rumple
Elaine Cochrane
as Socialite
Philip Merrick
as Socialite
Chick Collins
as Double for William Powell
Ernie S. Adams
as Forgotten Man
Eddie Fetherstone
as Process Server
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Critic Reviews for My Man Godfrey

All Critics (37) | Top Critics (10)

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.

April 24, 2009 | Full Review…
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[A] screwball masterpiece.

February 6, 2009 | Full Review…

God, but this film is beautiful.

February 6, 2009 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

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.

February 6, 2009 | Full Review…

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

October 18, 2008 | Full Review…

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.

February 9, 2006 | Full Review…
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Audience Reviews for My Man Godfrey

the ever vivacious carole lombard only seems to star in this american 30's "upstairs, downstairs" but actually she's only a stand-in, a mannequin for what hollywood powers-that-be must've thought of most of the "girls-next-door", rich or poor: vapid chowderheads. her only real job in this is to admire and long-for the offered smug boy-toy, william powell, who gamely is both "regular guy" hobo and erudite harvard grad, dream man. the lessons he "teaches" the upper class are made-to-order for what hollywood must've believed the lowerer classes (read: ticket buying) public really wanted to hear, which, if one watches, will have one dumbstruck at the audacious stupidity of the plan, played straight and w/o a wink. the only real sparks then in the film are hidden in the scenes between powell and the "bad girl", gail patrick (as smug as powell and blow for blow his equal, his ideal and thus, the right choice), whom he psych-crushes with some smarter-than-thou insightful pity simply because she's hip, knows she's his ever livin' ying, which leaves him bubbleheaded lombard, which powell himself doesn't seem to understand. still, a popular populist bit o'pablum that showcases the strong points of both leads.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer


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

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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.

Jim Hunter
Jim Hunter

Super Reviewer

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