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Carole Lombard, William Powell, My Man Godfrey (1936)

“My Man Godfrey” is the only film in which the famous couple Carole Lombard-William Powell appeared together after their divorce. This motion picture became a cult film over the years, because of its witty, original screenplay, because of the magic performance of the effervescent Carole Lombard (who, tragically, died too young) and the superb and admirable portrayal of the wealthy pauper, played by the aristocratic William Powell. This story was repeated and imitated over and over again. A pauper who becomes a butler in the house of a wealthy family reveals by the end of the film that, in fact, he is, too, very wealthy and very intelligent; in other words, an accomplished businessman with many fine ideas. The costumes and sets in this wonderful comedy are also emblematic, and the direction of Gregory LaCava is an important asset. This is the reason why “My Man Godfrey”, the epitome of pure entertainment of the 30s and a high quality comedy in the old fashion (without being obsolete; on the contrary, it was and still is a very modern and crazy film), was nominated for six Academy Awards, for Best Actor in a Leading Role, Best Actor in a Supporting Role, Best Actress in a Leading Role, Best Actress in a Supporting Role, Best Director, and Best Writing, Screenplay. All the actors are superb, including the supporting cast, and I would mention, among others, Alice Brady, Gail Patrick, Eugene Pallette, Jean Dixon, and Mischa Auer. So I suggest you not to miss “My Man Godfrey”, the perfect comedy of the 30s, an elegant and delightful period between the two World Wars.

William Powell, Carole Lombard, My Man Godfrey (1936)