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.
Ex-cartoonist Gregory La Cava delivers a superb social comedy with first-class dialogues and also inspired visual gags: just never take your eyes off Mischa - Carlo- Auer who's as irresistible in close-ups than in the background. Carole Lombard is, as always, exceptional. Highly recommended.
Sometimes I need a reminder that many people who are impoverished warrant respect, and not hasty judgment. For a movie, this is as good a reminder as any. It's a comedy too, and it's fun just to watch the competent, "forgotten man" Godfrey react to the loony family he finds himself hired to serve. Carole Lombard is so endearing in her goofy good-naturedness, and Gail Patrick is perfect as the spoiled ingenue sister.
No wonder screwball comedy is really enthusiastic to watch and has continous rumble all around. This creates unique smile which is not much but no less on audience. A focused theme which is generally love is perfect to issue in this typography. Though I tend to enjoy more with thriller type of screwballs..
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.
My Man Godfrey is a place where melodrama and overacting works! The medley of characters are a fascinating (and exaggerated) ridicule of the upper-class. Of course the overall premise is a stretch, yet the entertainment and fun of the direction and scenario forgives the set-up of the story. A dynamic and masterful comedy that has sustained over 75 years.