Merrily We Live (1938) - Rotten Tomatoes

Merrily We Live (1938)





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Merrily We Live is a blatant imitation of My Man Godfrey, courtesy of producer Hal Roach. This time Brian Aherne is the gentleman vagabond whom flighty society matron Billie Burke hires as a chauffeur. Aherne's down-to-earth attitude jars against the high-toned phoniness of Burke's wealthy household, but soon the butler has "humanized" everyone around him. He also falls in love with Burke's daughter Constance Bennett, the snootiest member of the family. While at least one prominent film historian has applauded Merrily We Live for avoiding the muddled political subtext of My Man Godfrey, critics in 1938 were less politely inclined, blasting Merrily for being so unabashed a carbon copy. Audiences, on the other hand, loved the film, and Merrily We Live was a success.


Billie Burke
as Mrs. Emily Kilbourne
Brian Aherne
as Wade Rawlins
Constance Bennett
as Jerry Kilbourne
Alan Mowbray
as Grosvenor, the Butler
Patsy Kelly
as Rosa, the Cook
Ann Dvorak
as Minerva Harlan
Bonita Granville
as Marion Kilbourne
Tom Brown
as Kane Kilbourne
Clarence Kolb
as Mr. Kilbourne
Marjorie Rambeau
as Senator Harlan's Wife
Phillip Reed
as Herbert Wheeler
Willie Best
as George W. Jones
Sidney Bracey
as 2nd Butler
Paul Everton
as Senator Harlan
Marjorie "Babe" Kane
as Rose, the Maid
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Critic Reviews for Merrily We Live

All Critics (3) | Top Critics (2)

[Merrily We Live relies] neither on wit of dialogue nor on situation, but on the simple assumption that if everybody behaves in the manner of escaped lunatics not only the keeper but also those outside the asylum will be amused.

July 7, 2020 | Full Review…

It's all in the acting and directing. Director Norman Z. McLeod has the knack of building up gags until he has three or four racing each other to the big laugh.

February 23, 2012 | Full Review…

Merrily We Live is completely hay-wired for comedy and should make everybody happy, if slightly unhinged, for an hour and a half.

October 8, 2019 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Merrily We Live

Silly piece of fluff but as play by experts it's quite enjoyable.

jay nixon
jay nixon

Super Reviewer


This movie is silly and has some good comedy, but it's not that good.

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer

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