Gregory La Cava

My Man Godfrey

My Man Godfrey

Carole Lombard and William Powell dazzle in this definitive screwball comedy by Gregory La Cava—a potent cocktail of romantic repartee and social critique. Irene (Lombard), an eccentric, wealthy Manhattanite, wins a society-ball scavenger hunt after finding a “forgotten man” (Powell)—an apparent down-and-out drifter—at a dump. She gives him work as the family butler and soon falls head over heels for him. Her attempts to both woo Godfrey and indoctrinate him in the household’s dysfunction make for a string of madcap high jinks that has never been bested. 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 the Depression era.

Film Info

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

Special Features

  • New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • New program featuring jazz and film critic Gary Giddins
  • New interview with critic Nick Pinkerton on director Gregory La Cava
  • Outtakes
  • Lux Radio Theatre adaptation of the film from 1938
  • Newsreels depicting Great Depression class divides
  • Trailer
  • PLUS: An essay by critic Farran Smith Nehme

New cover by Seth

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Special Features

  • New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • New program featuring jazz and film critic Gary Giddins
  • New interview with critic Nick Pinkerton on director Gregory La Cava
  • Outtakes
  • Lux Radio Theatre adaptation of the film from 1938
  • Newsreels depicting Great Depression class divides
  • 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
Jean Dixon
Molly
Eugene Pallette
Alexander Bullock
Alan Mowbray
Tommy Gray
Mischa Auer
Carlo
Pat Flaherty
Mike
Robert Light
Faithful George
Credits
Director
Gregory La Cava
Executive producer
Charles R. Rogers
Screenplay
Morrie Ryskind
Screenplay
Eric Hatch
Based on the novel by
Eric Hatch
Photographer
Ted Tetzlaff
Film editor
Ted Kent
Film editor
Russell J. Schoengarth
Art direction
Charles D. Hall
Musical director
Charles Previn
Special effects
John P. Fulton
Sound supervisor
Homer G. Tasker
Miss Lombard’s gowns by
Travis Banton

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