114. My Man Godfrey

MY MAN GODFREY opens on a Depression era dump in New York City, home to a number of “forgotten men,” i.e. those who have lost everything. When two socialite sisters arrive at the dump, they explain to the titular Godfrey that a “forgotten man” also happens to be the last item in a scavenger hunt. Needless to say, he is not amused. By the end of the night, one sister has landed in an ash pile, while the other has decided to hire Godfrey as the family’s new butler. Hilarity ensues in this classic screwball comedy that gently mocks the idle rich. William Powell and Carole Lombard are excellent as the romantic leads, although I found Lombard’s childish character a bit more obnoxious than charming. Still, the humor is spot on, and the cast of characters—with the exception of stoic, cynical Godfrey—are all delightfully insane.


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