Irene, an eccentric, wealthy Manhattanite, wins a society-ball scavenger hunt after finding a “forgotten man”—an apparent down-and-out drifter—at a dump. She hires him as the family butler and soon falls for him, driving her to to both woo Godfrey and indoctrinate him in the household’s dysfunction.
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I think I've seen this film for the 3rd time now and I'm really impressed at how entertaining this film is even for today standards. I think the writers are the ones to blame here for that. I really love this cast, Powell in particular, it wasn't hard to believe that every single character was falling over for him. Lombard is hilarious and so incredibly charming. A truly delightful film.
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.
Incredible chemistry between Powell and Lombard, amazingly funny with some of the best one-liners ever, and god, the black and white in the film is just perfect. I can't possibly imagine watching this in color. A new favorite.