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My Man Godfrey

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Overview

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...
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Overview

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 a wealthy Boston family. Having been burned by an unhappy romance, Godfrey dropped out of life, taking up residence in the dump. Here his faith in humanity was restored by his fellow indigents, who managed to survive and remain optimistic despite the worst deprivations. Meanwhile, however, he wants to straighten out the Bullock family, who he feels are a basically decent bunch beneath all their pretensions and eccentricities -- and along the way, of course, Irene determines that Godfrey will be her husband. While Godfrey's ultimate "solution" to the exigencies of the Depression seems more of a placebo, My Man Godfrey is all in all a totally satisfying jolt of 1930s-style wish fulfillment.
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Special Features

100 years of Universal: the Carl Laemmle era; 100 years of Universal: the Lew Wasserman era
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/6/2012
  • UPC: 025192118555
  • Original Release: 1936
  • Rating:

  • Source: Universal Studios
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Subtitled / Full Frame
  • Time: 1:34:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 9,401

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
William Powell
Carole Lombard Irene Bullock,
Alice Brady
Gail Patrick Cornelia Bullock
Jean Dixon Molly
Eugene Pallette Alexander Bullock
Ernie S. Adams Forgotten Man
Mischa Auer Carlo
Jack Chefe Headwaiter
Chick Collins Double for William Powell
Phyllis Crane Party guest
Eddie Fetherstone Process Server
Grace Field
Pat Flaherty Mike
James Flavin Second Detective
Bess Flowers Party Guest
Edward Gargan Detective
David S. Horsley
Selmar Jackson Blake, a Guest
Robert Light Faithful George
Reginald Mason Mayor
Alan Mowbray Tommy Gray
Franklin Pangborn Master of Ceremonies
Bob Perry Bob, the Hobo
Katherine Perry
Robert Perry Doorman
Jean Rogers Girl
Arthur Singley Chauffeur
Grady Sutton Van Rumple
Arthur Wanzer Man
David Ward Van Rumple
Harley Wood Socialite
Jane Wyman Party Guest
Technical Credits
Gregory La Cava Director, Producer, Screenwriter
Charles Hall Art Director
Ted Tetzlaff Cinematographer
Travis Banton Costumes/Costume Designer
Ted Kent Editor
Russell Schoengarth Editor
Charles R. Rogers Executive Producer
Charles Previn Musical Direction/Supervision, Score Composer
Eric Hatch Screenwriter
Morris Ryskind Screenwriter
John P. Fulton Special Effects
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- My Man Godfrey
1. Logos/Titles [1:59]
2. The Forgotten Men [5:02]
3. Beating Cornelia [5:11]
4. Can You Buttle? [3:01]
5. Buttling for the Bullocks [5:11]
6. A Protégé for Irene [5:47]
7. Family Matters [5:29]
8. Monkey Business [4:48]
9. Just a Quiet Evening [2:50]
10. An Empty Bubble [3:05]
11. A Harvard Man [7:24]
12. The Park Avenue Brat [6:10]
13. Girl Talk [4:51]
14. An Inside Job [3:59]
15. Cornelia Foiled [1:42]
16. A Man with a Plan [1:07]
17. Not the Fussing Kind [2:42]
18. A Heart to Heart [2:25]
19. Taking Care of Irene [4:28]
20. Saved by the Butler [4:27]
21. It'll All Be Over in a Minute [6:08]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- My Man Godfrey
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   Scenes
   Bonus
      100 Years of Universal: The Carl Laemmle Era
      100 Years of Universal: The Lew Wasserman Era
   Setup
      Subtitles
         English SDH
         Español
         Français
         Subtitles: Off
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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Mad Cap Comedy Plus Great Insights Into The Great Depression

    I'd make this a must see movie for anyone interested in classic 1930's flicks. It's a screwball comedy with great jobs by Carole Lombard and William Powell. It also offers an excellent insight into both the era of the depression and also what people back then wanted to see and what they thought was funny.

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