My Man Godfrey New York was a favorite locale for the screwball comedies of the 1930s. And the Big Apple plays an important part in this seminal 1936 example of the genre, which brought Oscar nominations to its stars William Powell and his real-life ex-wife Carole Lombard. The frenetically paced romance, based on the novel 1101 Park Avenue by Eric Hatch, who co-wrote the screenplay, was directed by Gregory La Cava. It finds Lombard playing Irene, a beautiful but rather scatterbrained and spoiled New York socialite; Powell is Godfrey Smith, a businessman who lost everything in the Great Crash and now lives in the city dump with other forgotten men. Through a series of loony circumstances, Irene hires Godfrey to become the eccentric familys butler and, of course, falls madly in love with the level-headed Godfrey. Though the film failed to receive a best picture nod, it earned six nominations, including supporting actress Alice Brady as Irenes addled mother and Misha Auer as her protege Carlo.
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