Classic Cinema Capsules: My Man Godfrey (1936)

A scathing indictment of the 1% set during the Great Depression, Gregory La Cava’s “My Man Godfrey” plays less like a screwball comedy and more like a capitalist satire in the post-Great Recession era. William Powell is delightful as Godfrey, balancing humility with self-satisfaction. Carole Lombard is too-screechy for my tastes, causing the romantic resolution to fall a little flat. Alan Mowbray is fantastic as friendly instigator Tommy Gray. The pacing is a little off, with a too-long set-up and a too-short resolution, but all in all it’s an enjoyable send-up of the lifestyles of the rich and vacuous.

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