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My Man Godfrey (1936)

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The standard for all screwball comedies to follow, this film is a national treasure for its send up of the rich and idle during the Great Depression with “prosperity just around the corner.” William Powell stars as Godfrey Parke, the “lost man” hobo found by madcap heiress Irene Bullock (Carole Lombarde in one of her wackiest and most memorable performances). Irene, the most eccentric member of an eccentric family, brings the man home to serve as the family butler. The laughs are endless, starting with the “find a forgotten man” ball when head-of-the-household/nut-house Alexander Bullock (Engene Pallette) runs into an old friend who observes, “the place slightly resembles an insane asylum.”

-Corinth Films

Watch Mariah Riggs' introduction to the film.

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