A vagrant (Godfrey, played by William Powell) is found by a well-ro-do young woman (Carole Lombard) on a "scavenger hunt" and she ends up offering him a job as the family butler. But the woman may not want to be a typical employer, and the man is certainly not wanting to be a typical employee. This classic comedy from director Gregory La Cava has a fun script and great performances to recommend it. A delight.
Such a well-crafted film! Full of cliches - it shouldn't work. Lombard is the spoiled brat; unconsciously self-centred and fickle. Powell is a man with a secret; quiet, humble and reduced to serving the whims of his feather-brained employers. Almost every character is an over the top stereotype. All of the rich are self-obsessed and all of the poor are supportive of each other. And yet..they are somehow believable.
A great anarchic comedy from the thirties. Carole Lombard is wonderful as the ditzy, unfiltered speed-talker Irene ("It's a lovely view - the view of the bridge. Is it always there?"), while Lombard's ex-husband William Powell makes a great straight man calmly navigating a rich-yet-certifiable family clan. More recent comedies like the Wedding Singer try to copy its nuttiness, though very few can match its charm.
A delight from the 30s, fast-paced wit combined with shrewd social critique. What impressed me most its subtle realism- psychologically realistic and discerning in a way that few real people are let alone portrayals of people in film. An astute, intelligent and entertaining film with some hilarious moments. Not to mention shot in full 30s New York glitz.
"Stand still Godfrey, it'll all be over in a minute". A thoroughly entertaining manic comedy with buttery charms of Powell and Lombard and a wacky household. The vibes give off "Mary Poppins" without the musicals, but keeping grace and intelligence of the butler - with some great lines "there's a very peculiar mental process called thinking; you wouldn't know much about that". Highly recommended.
Superbe comédie américaine digne des meilleures productions de Frank Capra ou d'Ernst Lubitsch, qui nous raconte les aventures d'un faux clochard. A la suite d'un pari stupide et mondain, il est engagé comme majordome par une famille de la haute société névrosée et fort insupportable ..... www.cinefiches.com
Muy entretenida screwball comedy. Está esa divertida y ridícula representación de la familia aristocrática, pero también está el reverso de la moneda. Cual Wyler o Capra, La Cava pone como protagonista a un hombre redimiéndose y aleccionando con corrección y humildad a esta familia que tiene una excéntrica y exquisita hija. Es además una idea utópica para darle cara a la Gran Depresión. Notable de inicio a fin.