My Man Godfrey (1936) [Romance] [Comedy]- movie; 1:34:55 min.

My Man Godfrey (1936) [Romance] [Comedy]
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Published on Aug 26, 2013
If you like this movie and our channel, please subscribe: | "My Man Godfrey" is an American screwball comedy film directed by Gregory La Cava. The screenplay was written by Morrie Ryskind, with uncredited contributions by La Cava, based on "1011 Fifth", a short novel by Eric Hatch. The story concerns a socialite who hires a derelict to be her family's butler, only to fall in love with him, much to his dismay.

During the Great Depression, Godfrey "Smith" (William Powell) is living alongside other men down on their luck at the city dump. One night, spoiled socialite Cornelia Bullock (Gail Patrick) offers him five dollars to be her "forgotten man" for a scavenger hunt. Annoyed, he advances on her, causing her to retreat and fall on a pile of ashes. She leaves in a fury, much to the glee of her younger sister, Irene (Carole Lombard). After talking with her, Godfrey finds her to be kind, if a bit scatter-brained. He offers to go with Irene to help her beat Cornelia. In the ballroom of the Waldorf-Ritz Hotel, Irene's long-suffering businessman father, Alexander Bullock (Eugene Pallette), waits resignedly as his ditsy wife, Angelica (Alice Brady), and her mooching "protégé" Carlo (Mischa Auer) play the frivolous game. Godfrey arrives and is "authenticated" by the scavenger hunt judge as a "forgotten man". He then addresses the idle rich, expressing his contempt for their antics. Irene is apologetic and offers him a job as the family butler, which he gratefully accepts.

The next morning, Godfrey is shown what to do by the sardonic, wise-cracking maid, Molly (Jean Dixon), the only servant who has been able to put up with the antics of the family. She warns him that he is just the latest in a long line of butlers. Only slightly daunted, he proves to be surprisingly competent, although Cornelia still holds a sizeable grudge. On the other hand, Irene considers Godfrey to be her protégé, and is thrilled by his success. A complication arises when a guest, Tommy Gray (Alan Mowbray), greets Godfrey familiarly as an old friend. Godfrey quickly ad-libs that he was Tommy's valet at school. Tommy plays along, mentioning Godfrey's non-existent wife and five children. Dismayed, Irene impulsively announces her engagement to the surprised Charlie Van Rumple (Grady Sutton), but she soon breaks down in tears and flees after being politely congratulated by Godfrey. Over lunch the next day, Tommy is curious to know what one of the elite "Parkes of Boston" is doing as a servant. Godfrey explains that a broken love affair had left him considering suicide, but the optimistic, undaunted attitude of the men living at the dump rekindled his spirit.

Meanwhile, when everything she does to make Godfrey's life miserable fails, Cornelia sneaks into his room and plants her pearl necklace under his mattress. She then calls the police to report her "missing" jewelry. To Cornelia's surprise, the pearls do not turn up, even when she suggests they check Godfrey's bed. Mr. Bullock realizes his daughter has orchestrated the whole thing and sees the policemen out. The Bullocks then send their daughters off to Europe to get Irene away from Godfrey. When they return, Cornelia implies that she intends to seduce Godfrey. Worried, Irene stages a fainting spell and falls into Godfrey's arms. He carries her to her bed, but while searching for smelling salts, he realizes she's faking when he sees her (in a mirror) sit up briefly. In revenge, he puts her in the shower and turns on the cold water full blast. Far from quenching her attraction, this merely confirms her hopes: "Oh Godfrey, now I know you love me...You do or you wouldn't have lost your temper."

When confronted by the rest of the family, Godfrey quits. But Mr. Bullock has more pressing concerns...


Directed and produced by Gregory La Cava, written by Eric Hatch, Morrie Ryskind and Gregory LaCava, starring William Powell as Godfrey Park, Carole Lombard as Irene Bullock, Alice Brady as Angelica Bullock, Gail Patrick as Cornelia Bullock, Eugene Pallette as Alexander Bullock, Jean Dixon as Molly, Alan Mowbray as Tommy Gray, Mischa Auer as Carlo, Pat Flaherty as Mike Flaherty, Robert Light as Faithful George and Grady Sutton as Charlie Van Rumple.


Source: "My Man Godfrey" Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Wikimedia Foundation, Inc.. 7 August 2013. Web. 26 August 2013.

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After watching this movie I became a fan of william powell! i also love the thin man movie series! Myrna loy and william powell is a good duo!

My Man Godfrey: The first time I saw this movie was about 1955, and just fell in love with the plot. And this movie has all kinds of plots, weaving and turning. Truly a lite heated and warming movie. I give it 10 stars. Refreshing change from all the crime of various sorts.

One of my all time favorites.  Thanks.

I've heard of ppl saying "my man Godfrey" in the past, but nvr knew it was a Film. This film is just lovely!! It's Funny; it's emotional; it addresses morality & ppls often wavering ethics: it confronts the often superficial value system of ppl; and lastly the capacity Ppl have and the crucial need for ppl to have empathy. Such a good film all around! I did get annoyed by Irene's crying and Cornelia's rudeness, but in the end the 2 characters made me that much more into the film. Like I couldn't stand the whining but because of that I became engrossed/ involved in the film. I wanted to see them change and/ or realize their faults... Idk if explaining correctly.. It's jus a good film - watch it! :)

Time-Tested Masterpiece!   (-_-)   1936 wow

Brilliant! One of my Classic Favorites! So glad I found it!

Brilliant film!

This movie has always been one of my favorite screwball comedies from the 1930's in my opinion the golden age of Hollywood thank you for making it avaliable once again.

My favorite William Powell movie of all time--and I am a genuine fan of his work. This one has a great script. Ditzy society people of the 30's acting silly while a sensible guy, "the forgotten man" sits on his ash pile and observes every social situation with wit and sophistication. And also with wisdom and sheer force of character. I fall in love with Godfrey every single time, and I've seen this picture literally dozens of times. I think that I am like many a woman who'd marry a man like Godfrey in a New York minute if one were available for her to say yes to. "The man's perfect. I've been wanting to say that all night, but I didn't have the nerve." That's one of the best asides written for any motion picture, and it sums up the film's title character beautifully. Thanks for sharing this. I already own the DVD, but have not watched it in a while. Too lazy this evening to do anything but watch it here LOL

Very strange edit goof at roughly 32:40 where Cornelia talks about being stabbed to death but the editor does not cut on her lines. I don't see how that could have been deliberate.

My Man Godfrey (1936) - Full film; 1:34:55 min.

Published on Nov 20, 2013
The classic screwball comedy "My Man Godfrey" (1936), starring William Powell and Carole Lombard. Film is in the public domain.
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Danny Hamilton
1 year ago
This movie is probablyone of the funniest flics that I've ever seen, and doesn't have any profanity!!, totally awesome. :-)

MaryMag & Martha
3 months ago
Thank you. I've waited patiently for TCM to show this movie for over a year and just happened to find your channel. Always brings a smile when I see it. Again, thank you for your love of classics.

Mike Wilkinson
4 months ago
this family dynamic screams for a dose of Ken Keseys electric koolaid......and some Firesign Theatre on the Victorola.......great most of the drivel Slime that leaks out of Hollywood these daze.....

mad honeybee
6 months ago
my grandfather was in Movies from the late 20's to the early 40's... I wish there was a way to find out his list of Movies. he was on the way to be a lead from a supporting actor. but the screen guild was forming and they told him to change his name because they had signed a Guy with his name. my GPA got really upset and stopped acting rather than give up his name. what was his name? I will tell you it became very big... Robert Taylor whose real name was Spangler Arlington Brugh. Crazy huh? but during the 30's there was two Robert Taylor's. it is very hard to find the lesser known one... all searches lead to the more famous one or the modern Australian guy... he was supposedly in a movie with a similar plotline as this. and some War Movies. but everyone who would know have all passed. such a puzzle...

alexa penn
6 months ago
Carol Lombard - i so feel for Clark Gable - i feel the emotion he must have felt - the same happened in my life.

Oma McKaskle
2 months ago
I thought I had a problem with my memory when I saw the scene where Godfrey was drunk (at 58:30), and then it started again at about 1:00!!! Then it took off!! LOL!

Monteju Esquaida
2 months ago
My Man Godfrey is top notch an no one of today can even come close ❕
As old as this movie is i have tell ya that not only is it still very entertaining , i have never tire of it's pre-
sentation upon the screen ❗it is one of my favorites of all " tiempo todo❕"
. . . .NUFF SAID . . . .

Thomas Goldfinch
1 year ago (edited)
What the hell is happening at about 1 hour into this video of the film, My Man Godfrey, when there's a "Groundhog Day" moment about "that grey satin evening dress to the cleaners" in a surreal repeat loop? I know that I'm 3 times seven and then 3 times seven a few more times, but I DO NOT recall that being in my 5 (at least) previous viewings of this classic movie. Just had to pause it there to make this comment. Should anyone have an explanation before I view the rest of this classic about the haves and the haves-not and an undercover have posing as a have-not, could you kindly enlighten me? Thanks, and now back to the action!

1 month ago
They had been married to each other briefly and divorced for several years when they made this film together. I don't know how they got along during filming, but the on-screen chemistry is unmistakable. She died in a plane crash 6 years later. He lived to be 91.

Kaitlin O'Leary
9 months ago (edited)
The film is "wobbly" in places & scene at 1:00:40 repeats itself. Blondie is annoying but Gail Patrick is more intriguing & l love the clothes. 

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