I've not been able to watch many movies in the past few weeks, but discovering "My Man Godfrey", at last, is one of those things that makes you feel alive again, despite all the problems of your life. A great comedy.
Essential comedic cinema. La Cava's 'My Man Godfrey' is a wonderfully scripted charmer with a perfectly cast William Powell, Carole Lombard and a fine group of eccentrics. This comedy of manners and social forms is hysterical even with near 80 years since it's release. Barely dated and just plain charming. Though I still think he wound up with the wrong sister. Just an opinion.
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.
The brilliance of the two stars goes without saying...so I'm gonna give props here to Gail Patrick, Mischa Auer, Alice Brady, Jean Dixon and Eugene Pallette for being the best supporting cast you'll ever see.