My Man Godfrey
1936, Gregory La Cava, USA, 96 min.
With William Powell, Carole Lombard
- Sat, Jul 6th 4:30pm
- Tue, Jul 9th 6:00pm
"Hugely popular in its day, this is witty romantic comedy with barbed social commentary."—Marjorie Baumgarten, Austin Chronicle
Discovered by a pair of upper-crust sisters on a scavenger hunt for a “forgotten man,” the oddly erudite vagrant Godfrey Smith (Powell) thinks he has it made, charming his way into the type of steady work that eludes his homeless peers, only to find himself a butler for perhaps the nuttiest family in high society. Their adult daughter Irene (Lombard, playing unhinged with aplomb) nurses a crush on the monkish Godfrey, making a series of bizarrely childish overtures to her servant that against all odds bring him out of his romantic shell. A critical and commercial hit from undervalued director Gregory La Cava, MY MAN GODFREY turned the increasingly stale society comedy on its head, replacing genteel innuendo with rampant, gleeful chaos. 35mm. (CW)