My Man Godfrey (1936)

Feature Film | Comedy | USA | English | 1h34m
Dir: Gregory La Cava | Scr: Morrie Ryskind & Eric Hatch | Novel: Eric Hatch | Ph: Ted Tetzlaff | Prod: Gregory La Cava | Ed: Ted Kent & Russell Schoengarth | AD: Charles D. Hall | Snd: Homer G. Tasker | Cast: William Powell, Carole Lombard, Alice Brady, Gail Patrick, Eugene Pallette, Jean Dixon, Alan Mowbray, Mischa Auer, Pat Flaherty, Robert Light

A kooky socialite offers a “forgotten man” the post of butler to her rich but decidedly batty family, and quickly falls in love with him (despite him being much older than her). Her sister, on the other hand, takes an instant disliking to him, after their first encounter ends with him pushing her into a pile of ash, but there is much more to Godfrey Smith than meets the eye, in La Cava’s entertaining yet socially conscious screwball comedy. Powell and Lombard are wonderful as the butler and smitten socialite, and most of the supporting cast prove excellent, but Patrick’s performance as the vengeful sister is perhaps a tad bland.