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My Man Godfrey [1936]

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Director:Gregory La Cava
Writer:Eric Hatch
Morrie Ryskind
Composer:Charles Previn
Rudy Schrager
Length:90 minutes
(1 hour 30 minutes)
MPAA Rating:UR
Sorting Category:RomCom
IMDB Rating:8.2/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:100%
Amazon Rating:4.5/5 stars
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  • Comedy
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Synopsis: A scatterbrained socialite hires a vagrant as a family butler...but there's more to Godfrey than meets the eye.


Reaction: Well made though a bit screwball at times.


Personal Rating: 8/10

Select Cast and Crew
Gregory La Cava => Director
Eric Hatch => Writer / Novel "1101 Park Avenue"
Morrie Ryskind => Writer
Charles Previn => Composer
Rudy Schrager => Composer
Alan Mowbray => Tommy Gray
Alice Brady => Angelica Bullock
Arthur Singley => Clarence (uncredited)
Bess Flowers => Mrs. Merriweather (uncredited)
Bob Perry => Bob - Doorman (uncredited)
Carole Lombard => Irene Bullock
Eddie Fetherston => Process Server (uncredited)
Ernie Adams => Forgotten Man (uncredited)
Eugene Pallette => Alexander Bullock
Franklin Pangborn => Guthrie (uncredited)
Gail Patrick => Cornelia Bullock
Grady Sutton => Charlie Van Rumple (uncredited)
Jane Wyman => Socialite (uncredited)
Jean Dixon => Molly
Mischa Auer => Carlo
Pat Flaherty => Mike Flaherty
Reginald Mason => Mayor Courtney (uncredited)
Robert Light => Faithful George
Selmer Jackson => Blake - Socialite (uncredited)
William Powell => Godfrey

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • This was the first film to ever receive four acting nominations at the Academy Awards, and it did so in the year that the supporting categories were introduced. It is also the only movie to ever get Oscar nominations for writing, directing and all four acting awards without being nominated for Best Picture. Further, it's also the only movie to ever get those six nominations and lose them all.
  • A stand-in (Chick Collins) was used when William Powell carries Carole Lombard over his shoulder up the stairs to her bedroom.
  • Although stars William Powell and Carole Lombard had been divorced for three years by the time they made this, when offered the part Powell declared that the only actress right for the part of Irene was Lombard.
  • Mischa Auer's character Carlo repeatedly sings {Ochi Chornya} in this movie. Nine years later in And Then There Were None his character Prince Nikita Starloff begins playing the first few notes of {Ochi Chornya} on the piano before meeting his demise.
  • When William Powell and director Gregory La Cava had a disagreement over how Godfrey should be played, they talked it out over a bottle of Scotch in Powell's dressing room. The next day, LaCava returned to the movie set with a major headache, but Powell was not there. The director received a telegram from his star: "WE MAY HAVE FOUND GODFREY LAST NIGHT BUT WE LOST POWELL. SEE YOU TOMORROW."
  • Jane Wyman has an uncredited role.
  • Was selected for preservation by the national film registry in 1999, being referred to as culturally significant by the United States Library of Congress.
  • Carole Lombard had a habit of inserting swear words into the dialogue and had re-film several scenes due to this.
  • The Character of Irene Bullock is in her late teens; Carole Lombard in actuality was 28.
  • William Powell suggested his ex-wife Carole Lombard for the leading role with the explanation that his real life romance with Lombard had been much the same as it was for the characters of Godfrey and Irene.