My Man Godfrey (September 17, 1936)

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William Powell and Carole Lombard
 

Released on September 17, 1936: (running time 93 minutes) In this Depression Era comedy, a wealthy family rescues a 'forgotten man' that lives at the city dump. He becomes their new butler, and throughout the movie teaches them how to be grateful in a desperate world.

Produced by Gregory La Cava

Directed by Gregory La Cava

The Actors: William Powell (Godfrey Park), Carole Lombard (Irene Bullock), Alice Brady (Angelica Bullock, the mother), Gail Patrick (Cornelia Bullock), Eugene Pallette (Alexander Bullock, the father), Jean Dixon (Molly the maid), Alan Mowbray (Tommy Gray), Mischa Auer (Carlo), Pat Flaherty (Mike Flaherty), and Robert Light (Faithful George), Ernie Adams (forgotten men), Jimmy Aye (party guest), James Carlisle (socialite), Jack Chefe (headwaiter), Elaine Cochrane (socialite), Phyllis Crane (party guest), Eddie Fetherston (process server), Grace Field (socialite), James Flavin (second detective), Bess Flowers (Mrs. Merriweather), Edward Gargan (detective), Carlton Griffin (socialite), David S. Horsley (socialite), Selmer Jackson (socialite), Richard Kipling (socialite), Andrea Leeds (socialite), Ethelreda Leopold (socialite), Reginald Mason (Mayor Courtney), Philip Merrick (socialite), Bert Moorhouse (party guest playing cards), Robert Morgan (socialite), Louis Natheaux (socialite), Franklin Pangborn (Mr. Guthrie, head of the scavenger hunt), Bob Perry (doorman Bob), Katherine Perry (socialite), Albert Petit (receptionist), Jean Rogers (socialite), Ronald R. Rondell (socialite), Arthur Singley (Clarence), Larry Steers (nightclub patron), Grady Sutton (Charlie Van Rumple), Russell Wade (socialite), William Wagner (waiter), Arthur Wanzer (Arthur Valentine), Harley Wood (socialite), Jane Wyman (socialite)

 

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Stand Still Godfrey, it will all be over in a Minute

William Powell, best remembered for his ‘Thin Man’ detective movies with Myrna Loy, was born on July 29, 1892 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. If I am asked for the name of my very most favorite old movie, I always respond with My Man Godfrey. Created during the height of the Great Depression and regarded as the first screwball romantic comedy motion picture, it hits home runs on so many levels. I can watch it a couple of times a year and hear dialog and watch sight gags that I had forgotten or missed before, and enjoy it like an old friend or favorite sweater.

William Powell plays the part of Godfrey Parks, . . . . Of the Boston Parks, . . . . A family drenched with wealth and class and dignity. Godfrey, who has never worked in his life and will never need to work, has been broken-hearted over a Boston girl and descends into a downward spiral of depression until he winds up in New York City and headed for suicide in the East River.

Fortunately, when he reaches the East River he discovers that he is at the city dump, with tramps and ‘forgotten men’ living among the discarded trash of New York. Something ticks inside him and he stays with the tramps and starts creating a different view of life. He is watching and learning from people that he would never have met in his wealthy Boston neighborhood, and he is getting an education much more valuable than his Harvard education.

Without his family money, he is building a life and making friends that are more valuable than any of his aristocratic friends. Then his world will suddenly change again . . . . He will meet Irene, played by Carole Lombard, who will with this performance define the character of the silly blonde in a screwball comedy.

The only sad part of the story is the women . . . . Godfrey seems to make every woman in the story cry before it is all over . . . . I have problems with crying women . . . Makes me want to cry with them.

William Powell and Carole Lombard were married for a couple of years before this movie, and although they were divorced when they made this movie they were still good friends. Carole Lombard would later marry Clark Gable, and William Powell would get engaged to famous blonde bombshell Jean Harlow.

Unfortunately, Jean Harlow would suddenly pass, and Powell would soon meet another actress and quickly elope with her and spend the rest of his days with her. William Powell’s wife Diana Lewis would give up acting a couple of years after getting married, and often declare that her marriage to William Powell was more important to her than acting or anything else in life. William Powell must have been quite a fellow. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.

Carole Lombard
Carole Lombard
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William Powell
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Alan Mowbray, William Powell and Gail Patrick
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Alan Mowbray and Carole Lombard
William Powell serves Alan Mowbray
William Powell serves Alan Mowbray
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Alan Mowbray
Alice Brady
Alice Brady
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Alice Brady, Carole Lombard and William Powell
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Alice Brady and Mischa Auer
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Alice Brady
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Carole Lombard and Eugene Pallette
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Carole Lombard, Gail Patrick and Eugene Pallette
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Carole Lombard and Jean Dixon
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Carole Lombard and Reginald Mason
Carole Lombard and William Powell wash the dishes
Carole Lombard and William Powell wash the dishes
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Carole Lombard and William Powell
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Carole Lombard
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Carole Lombard kisses William Powell
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Carole Lombard looks at Bess Flowers
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Carole Lombard
Ernie Adams
Ernie Adams
Eugene Pallette
Eugene Pallette
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Eugene Pallette and William Powell
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Eugene Pallette
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Franklin Pangborn and William Powell
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Franklin Pangborn
Gail Patrick
Gail Patrick
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Gail Patrick and Robert Light
Gail Patrick and Robert Light
Gail Patrick and Robert Light
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Gail Patrick and William Powell
Gail Patrick and William Powell
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William Powell and Gail Patrick
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Jean Dixon and William Powell
Mischa Auer
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Robert Light
Robert Light
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Selmer Jackson and Eugene Pallette
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William Powell and Alan Mowbray
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William Powell and Eugene Pallette
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William Powell and Jean Dixon
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William Powell and Carole Lombard
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