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/10
1,517 Ratings

My Man Godfrey

Directed by Gregory La Cava
United States, 1936
Romance, Comedy

Synopsis

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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My Man Godfrey Directed by Gregory La Cava

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

1937 | 6 nominations including: Best Actor in a Leading Role

National Film Preservation Board

1999 | Winner: National Film Registry

There were hilariously dysfunctional families in American film before and after My Man Godfrey, but the Bullocks of 1011 Fifth Avenue represent peak lunacy.
September 19, 2018
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Powell’s shuffle of inebriation, Lombard spiraling gleefully in soaked satin, Pallette’s croaking timbre, these are a few of one’s favorite things. Pasolini in Teorema picks up the joke and runs it to its screwball limits.
March 30, 2015
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Helped by a stellar supporting cast (this film was the first to get Oscar nominations in all four acting categories), La Cava, who started his career in animation, maintains an atmosphere of controlled chaos, whether he’s packing the frame with a roiling mass of bad behavior or homing in on Godfrey and Irene as they play out their improbable, inevitable courtship.
February 11, 2015
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