Sat, 31 January 2015
Fresh off of our discussion of Mr. Deeds Goes to Town, we set our sights on My Man Godfrey, another comedy from 1936. Directed by Gregory La Cava, the film is a satire of the lives of the naive and wealthy family residing in their Park Avenue and the merry misadventures that occur when they employ a new butler, Godfrey, who teaches them a few life lessons before the film's conclusion.
La Cava's films are laced with similar social and political satire, such as Gabriel over the White House (1933) and She Married Her Boss (1935). Commentary aside, My Man Godfrey's true charm is that it still holds up today. Several editions, many with questionable quality, have been released on DVD, but obviously the Criterion Collection edition remains the best.
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