My Man Godfrey

At the city dump, Godfrey (played by a non-tippled William Powell) lives among the forgotten men, detritus of the Depression. Out on a scavenger hunt, spoiled socialite Irene Bullock (platinum-coifed Carole Lombard) comes across this “forgotten” prize and brings him home to carouse with the upper crust. Director Gregory La Cava lets his two leads loose with great magnums of bubbly wit and frothy come-ons. Saving what could have been a mere butler-meets-beau story, My Man Godfrey makes the wealthy the source of satire for their vanity and indifference. Poverty may have beleaguered America but it was still rich in humor.

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