My Man Godfrey (1936)
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Thoroughly enjoyable. All the female cast are great. Nice feelgood movie.
The always charming William Powell is the title character in My Man Godfrey, a homeless man picked by a society girl to become her zany family's new butler and/or the love of her life. The romance is strictly screwball and while the "oh darling" moment typical of such films from the 30s and 40s doesn't technically come, I don't really buy it. It has an odd Frog Prince quality, but Carole Lombard's character, being just as mad as the rest of her family, never feels like an appropriate match for Powell. But as a comedy about a mysteriously competent servant picked off the street, it certainly has its charms. Each of the family members brings its own brand of insanity and challenges for Godfrey, and it's fun to see him foil them, especially Gail Patrick's Cordelia who makes a snaky, but endearing, villainess. And I like how it questions the class system too. Bit screechy at points, so I'd keep an eye on the volume.
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This movie ranks #13 in IMDb's 1930s Top 50
This movie ranks #44 in AFI's 100 years...100 laughs
This movie ranks #52 in The 100 Greatest Comedies of All Time (BBC Culture)
This movie ranks #98 in 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die
This movie ranks #118 in The Criterion Collection
This movie ranks #129 in Doubling the Canon
This movie ranks #171 in Have You Seen? A Personal Introduction to 1,000 Films
This movie ranks #265 in National Film Registry
This movie ranks #324 in Roger Ebert: the great movies
This movie ranks #588 in NY Times' The Essential 1,000 Films to See
This movie ranks #821 in Halliwell's Top 1000: The Ultimate Movie Countdown