Saturday, August 6, 2011

My Man Godfrey

I've recently come to the conclusion that screwball comedies are a weakness of mine. I watched My Man Godfrey (1936) for the first time tonight and I loved it! Big surprise, I know! This also happened to be my first time watching both William Powell and Carole Lombard. I know, I know, that's just crazy, right?!  I'm happy that I've finally gotten around to it!

My Man Godfrey is about a well-to-do woman, Irene Bullock, who, while on a scavenger hunt, meets a homeless man named Godfrey in the city dump. She instantly takes a liking to him and hires him to be the Bullock family's butler. The first day on the job, Godfrey quickly realizes that the Bullock family is extremely wealthy and utterly psychotic. The Bullocks, on the other hand, find Godfrey to be absolutely marvelous, especially Irene who falls madly in love with him. However, there are those who are against a romantic relationship between butler and employer, but there seems to be more about Godfrey than what meets the eye.

The wittiness and the comedic timing is spot on in this film. I also love Godfrey and Carlo's facial expressions when they are around the dysfunctional Bullock family. If you are looking for another smart and funny film, then look no further than My Man Godfrey.


monty said...

Oh my god Kalli. You had never seen My Man Godfrey before now? Welcome to the club of screwball comedies which are my favorite genre..period. And this film is one of the best. We must talk about screwball comedies now...Carole is my absolute favorite actress ever. And Bill Powell is no slouch himself. Glad you enjoyed it.

Kalli said...

Hi Monty! I know! It's crazy that I've never seen My Man Godfrey before just a few days ago. It's good to know that there are others out there who share my love for screwball comedies. I particularly love anything with Cary Grant and Katharine Hepburn together: Bringing Up Baby, The Philadelphia Story, Holiday are all favorites of mine! What other films with Carole do you recommend?

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