My Man Godfrey (1936)

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  •  (3 out of 5 stars)

This Depression-era screwball comedy has a brisk pace and rapid fire dialogue, but how witty it all is will depend upon your sense of humor. William Powell plays Godfrey, a down on his luck "forgotten man", who is picked up by Carole Lombard in a scavenger hunt led by rich socialites. The daughter of a wealthy businessman, Lombard's character Irene Bullock instantly falls in love with Godfrey who she convinces to become the family butler. The plotting isn't as complex as an Ernst Lubitsch comedy, and the characters are generally one note with Powell playing Godfrey as smug and indifferent, and Lombard playing Irene as a weepy damsel who keeps throwing herself at Godfrey all the way to the conventional end. The film was a huge hit back in 1936 and was nominated for several Academy Awards.

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