Cast: William Powell, Carole Lombard, Alice Brady, Gail Patrick, Jean Dixon, Eugene Pallette, Alan Mowbray, Mischa Auer
Running Time: 93 mins.
Vault: FEATURES

My Man Godfrey is a classic screwball comedy, with more than a little social commentary. It features stellar performances from Carole Lombard and William Powell, along with a bright, energetic script and the steady direction of Gregory La Cava. Universal seldom had the cash to compete with MGM and Warners for the opulence-on-screen market, so they usually resorted to either mid-to-low-end films or films with high star power and moderate production values. My Man Godfrey fits into the latter group. There's hardly a moment of realism in the entire film but it succeeds largely on energy. This is another example of Depression-era escapism, albeit with satirical context. Powell and Lombard had been married in the early 1930s, but were divorced well before production on My Man Godfrey began.