Cover image for My man Godfrey
Title:
My man Godfrey
Author:
La Cava, Gregory, 1892-1952.
Edition:
[DVD version].
Publication Information:
[Place of publication not identified] : Criterion Collection : Universal Home Video, [2001]

©1936
Physical Description:
1 videodisc (93 min.) : sound, black and white ; 4 3/4 in.
Summary:
A zany millionaire family invites a tramp to be their butler and find that he is richer than they are.
General Note:
Special features: Audio commentary by film historian Bob Gilpin; rare outtakes; the complete 1938 broadcast of the Lux Radio Theater adaption, starring Powell and Lombard; production stills archive; original theatrical trailer.

Based on the novel by Eric Hatch.

Originally produced as motion picture in 1936.

For specific features see interactive menu.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9781559409179
UPC:
715515011921

025192118555
Format :
DVD

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Summary

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. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi


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