2.08.2007

My Man Godfrey

I paid $1.50 for my copy of this movie. It's not even in a regular DVD case. There's a good reason I paid so little. The version I have is a really crappy transfer of the original black and white. That said, I love this movie. There are several versions of it, and this is the one that was made in 1936 with Carole Lombard and William Powell. It's fantastic. It's so completely old school. The clothes and the styles. It's so great. I love William Powell. He's so restrained in everything he does. I really feel like I need to see more of his work. It's such a great movie because Irene (Carole Lombard) is this scatterbrained, spoiled, rich girl and she gets her family to hire a forgotten man, Godfrey (William Powell), as a butler. This is all well and good except she follows him around making moon eyes at him, and her sister, Cornelia (Gail Patrick), keeps trying to sabotage him.

"Stand still, Godfrey. It'll all be over in a minute."

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