My Man Godfrey | Chicago Reader

My Man Godfrey

Gregory La Cava's improvisational style received its highest critical acclaim for this 1936 film, a marginally Marxist exercise in class confusion during the Depression. Carole Lombard is the bubbleheaded heiress who needs an oppressed proletarian to round out a scavenger hunt; she picks up tramp William Powell and lets him stay on to be her butler. Meanwhile, mad poet Mischa Auer assumes the role of the intelligentsia under late capitalism by imitating a gorilla. With Alice Brady, Eugene Pallette, and Gail Patrick.



  • Gregory La Cava


  • William Powell
  • Carole Lombard
  • Alice Brady
  • Gail Patrick
  • Eugene Pallette
  • Alan Mowbray
  • Jean Dixon
  • Mischa Auer
  • Robert Light
  • Pat Flaherty


  • Eric Hatch
  • Morrie Ryskind


  • Gregory La Cava

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