my man godfrey

the year: 1936

the genre: comedy

the cast: William Powell (Godfrey); Carole Lombard (Irene Bullock); Gail Patrick (Cornelia Bullock); Eugene Pallette (Alexander Bullock)

the plot: In the depths of the Depression, a party game brings dizzy socialite Irene Bullock to the city dump where she meets Godfrey, a "forgotten man". When he helps her beat her sister at the game, Irene hires him as family butler. Godfrey finds the Bullocks to be the epitome of the idle rich, and nutty as the proverbial fruitcake. Soon, the dramatizing Irene is in love with her 'protege'...who feels strongly that a romance between servant and employer is out of place, regardless of that servant's mysterious past...

check out: how Irene knows that Godfrey loves her.

don’t miss: Carlo’s monkey impression.

did you know: William Powell and Carole Lombard had been divorced for three years (but were still very good friends) when they made MMG. When Powell was offered the part of Godfrey he declared that the only actress right for the part of Irene was Lombard.

listen for: “All you need to start an asylum is an empty room and the right kind of people.”

also listen for: “You mustn't come between Irene and Godfrey. He's the first thing she's shown any affection for since her pomeranian died last summer.”

also listen for: “That’s a lovely bridge. Is it always there?”

extra bonus points: if you can name the character Eugene Pallette played in The Adventures of Robin Hood.


bporter said...

The Foxy Marian, Lady Cluck, or the kind hearted Grandma Rabbit.

Millie Motts said...

Mm, close? Answer: Friar Tuck.

Laney said...

Love love loved this movie! Thanks Bean!

Laney said...

This was on the tv this week. Irene's mom is still annoying ;)