The definitive screwball comedy, My Man Godfrey follows the madcap antics of a wealthy and eccentric family when they hire a down-and-out “forgotten man” as their butler. My Man Godfrey features brilliant performances by Carole Lombard and William Powell, and was the first film to receive Academy Award nominations in all four acting categories. —The Criterion Collection
A former cartoonist, Gregory La Cava entered films during WWI as an animator for Walter Lantz on such animated films as “The Katzenjammer Kids” series. Hired by the Hearst Corp. as the editor-in-chief for its International Comic Films division, La Cava switched to live-action films in the 1920s and began directing two-reel shorts. Graduating to features, La Cava gained a reputation as a surefooted comedy director, responsible for such classics as My Man Godfrey (1936) and She Married Her Boss (1935). La Cava was equally proficient in other genres as well, turning out the dramatic Stage Door (1937) and the bizarre political fantasy Gabriel Over the White House (1933). He is also supposed to have directed some scenes in several of the films of his close friend W.C. Fields when Fields couldn’t get along with the directors assigned to him, although there is no official record of this ever happening. —IMDb
I expected more. Gregory La Cava seems like a class-conscious fellow, but he didn't take this far enough. The ridiculous ending reduced this hilarious, bad-ass critique of wealth to little more than a goofy rom-com. Shame.