Comedy Film Festival 2012

“My Man Godfrey”

William Powell and Carole Lombard in "My Man Godfrey" (Universal, 1936)

William Powell and Carole Lombard in “My Man Godfrey” (Universal, 1936)

“My Man Godfrey” (Universal, 1936). Carole Lombard plays Irene, a kooky, filthy rich socialite who hires a vagabond named Godfrey, played by William Powell, to be the family’s butler. While Godfrey (who has some secrets up his sleeve) sets out to teach this idle rich family a lesson or two, Irene falls hopelessly in love with him and tries desperately to win him over. A 1930’s screwball comedy with a little social commentary thrown in the mix. Based on the novel by Eric Hatch. Written by Morrie Ryskind and Eric Hatch. Directed by Gregory La Cava. “Stand still, Godfrey. It’ll all be over in a minute.”