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My Man Godfrey (1936)

William Powell , Carole Lombard , Gregory La Cava  |  NR |  VHS Tape
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  • Actors: William Powell, Carole Lombard
  • Directors: Gregory La Cava
  • Format: Black & White
  • Language: English
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: Royal Sound Video Productions
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0006SR0QI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #783,206 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Editorial Reviews

Spoiled rich girl Irene Bullock played by Carole Lombard picks up someone she assumes is a bum played by William Powell as part of a scavenger hunt and decides to keep him on as her family's butler.

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1.0 out of 5 stars Vastly inferior Alpha DVD September 22, 2013
Format:DVD
At the time of this writing, the afternoon of September 22, 2013, there are two other reviews shown for this listing from Alpha Video, ASIN: B0074QVODA. From those reviews, one might be led to believe this DVD is a good one -- they are glowing reviews. However, those reviews refer to another version, on VHS! That one is ASIN: B0006SR0QI, so that there are, in fact, no reviews of the Alpha Video version as of this date.

Thus, I will be the very first person in the history of Amazon customer reviewing to review this Alpha Video release of Universal Pictures's "My Man Godfrey".

The Alpha Video release of Universal Pictures's "My Man Godfrey" stinks. Both the video and sound quality are worse than I've seen in a long time. I could take a transistor radio underwater and get better sound than this disc provides. I could take a Kodak Brownie camera into a sandstorm and get better pictures, and a Brownie isn't even a movie camera. I suspect this DVD may actually have been transferred from VHS, and a bad tape too.

That is my review of this virtually unwatchable Alpha disc, which is of use only as a coaster.

I will note that the seller sent me the wrong version. The listing through which I bought "My Man Godfrey" says that the releasing studio is Universal -- mine is supposed to be a Universal DVD, listed on Amazon.com as ASIN: B006TTC5UE It is not. I wound up with this Alpha Video junk instead.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Never one to spoil the fun ; ) February 1, 2011
Format:VHS Tape
This is a masterpiece. Carole Lombard remains a magical presence in this film..having died many moons before I was born, still seeing her there is a sense of loss, of someone I wished had been able to stick around.

Her ex-husband (b4 Clark Gable), William Powell, recommended her for the part of Irene. Knowing this makes their interaction feel authentic, because it is.

This movie expresses pathos in a way Kurt Vonnegut, Jr did in his writing and in public speeches. It speaks to me with greater relevance in these hard times in America and makes it plain that emotionally many of us might be living the y2k11 version of 1929, despite the over-the-top representation of the wealthy family who are merely pretentious upper middle class people living beyond their means.

The movie is fast-paced class screwball comedy which is by turns hilarious, inspiring and heartbreaking. The movie, even with Powell's splendid sarcasm (his glance alone could sear a rib eye to perfection), speaks to the heart and is a tale of human decency. And, as I mentioned earlier, the chemistry of the exes is astonishing. The sets are terrific and the dialog brilliant. The acting is superb, top-notch. If you are a lover of classic cinema, you need to buy and watch this film.
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