Review: ‘My Man Godfrey’

William Powell and Carole Lombard are pleasantly teamed in this splendidly produced comedy. Story is balmy, but not too much so, and lends itself to the sophisticated screen treatment of Eric Hatch's novel.

William Powell and Carole Lombard are pleasantly teamed in this splendidly produced comedy. Story is balmy, but not too much so, and lends itself to the sophisticated screen treatment of Eric Hatch’s novel.

Lombard has played screwball dames before, but none so screwy as this one. Her whole family, with the exception of the old man, seem to have been dropped on their respective heads when young. Into this punchy society tribe walks Powell, a former social light himself who had gone on the bum over a woman and is trying to become a man once more in butler’s livery. He straightens out the family, as well as himself.

Alice Brady, as the social mother in whom the family’s psychopathic ward tendencies seemingly originate, does a bangup job with another tough part. Gail Patrick, as Lombard’s sparring partner-sister, is excellent. Eugene Pallette, as the harassed father, and Mischa Auer, in a gigolo role, a beautiful piece of sustained comedy playing and writing, are both fine.

1936: Nominations: Best Director, Actor (William Powell), Actress (Carole Lombard), Supp. Actor (Mischa Auer), Supp. Actress (Alice Brady), Screenplay

My Man Godfrey

Production

Universal. Director Gregory La Cava; Producer Charles R. Rogers; Screenplay Morrie Ryskind, Eric Hatch; Camera Ted Tetzlaff; Editor Ted Kent; Music Charles Previn (dir.); Art Director Charles D. Hall

Crew

(B&W) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1936. Running time: 93 MIN.

With

William Powell Carole Lombard Alice Brady Gail Patrick Eugene Pallette Alan Mowbray
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