Gregory La Cava

My Man Godfrey

My Man Godfrey

Carole Lombard and William Powell dazzle in this definitive screwball comedy, directed by Gregory La Cava—a potent cocktail of romantic repartee and Depression-era social critique. Irene (Lombard), an eccentric Manhattan socialite, wins a society-ball scavenger hunt after finding one of the “items” on the list, a “lost man” (Powell), at a dump. She gives the man she believes to be a down-and-out drifter work as the family butler, and soon falls head over heels in love. Her attempts to both woo Godfrey and indoctrinate him in the dysfunctional ways of the household make for an unbeatable series of madcap hijinks. La Cava’s deft film was the first to garner Oscar nominations in all four acting categories, and it is one of Hollywood’s greatest commentaries on class and the social unrest of its time.

Film Info

  • Gregory La Cava
  • United States
  • 1936
  • 93 minutes
  • Black & White
  • 1.33:1
  • English
  • Spine #114

Special Features

  • New high-definition digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • New piece about the film with jazz and film critic Gary Giddins
  • New discussion about director Gregory La Cava with critic Nick Pinkerton
  • Outtakes
  • Lux Radio Theatre adaptation of the film from 1938, starring actors William Powell, Carole Lombard, Gail Patrick, and Mischa Auer
  • Newsreels from the thirties documenting the class divide during the Great Depression
  • Trailer
  • PLUS: An essay by critic Farran Smith Nehme

New cover by Seth

Purchase Options

Coming soon, available Sep 18, 2018

Special Features

  • New high-definition digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • New piece about the film with jazz and film critic Gary Giddins
  • New discussion about director Gregory La Cava with critic Nick Pinkerton
  • Outtakes
  • Lux Radio Theatre adaptation of the film from 1938, starring actors William Powell, Carole Lombard, Gail Patrick, and Mischa Auer
  • Newsreels from the thirties documenting the class divide during the Great Depression
  • Trailer
  • PLUS: An essay by critic Farran Smith Nehme

New cover by Seth

My Man Godfrey
Cast
William Powell
Godfrey
Carole Lombard
Irene Bullock
Alice Brady
Angelica Bullock
Gail Patrick
Cornelia Bullock
Eugene Pallette
Alexander Bullock
Alan Mowbray
Tommy Gray
Jean Dixon
Molly
Mischa Auer
Carlo
Credits
Director
Gregory La Cava
Executive producer
Charles R. Rogers
Screenplay
Morrie Ryskind
Screenplay
Eric Hatch
Based on the novel by
Eric Hatch
Musical conductor
Charles Previn
Editing
Ted Russell
Editing
Kent Schoengarth
Art direction
Charles D. Hall

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