My Man Godfrey is a 1936 American comedy-drama film directed by Gregory La Cava. The screenplay was written by Morrie Ryskind, with uncredited contributions by La Cava, based on 1011 Fifth, a short novel by Eric Hatch. The story concerns a socialite who hires a derelict to be her family’s butler, only to fall in love with him, much to his dismay. The film stars William Powell and Carole Lombard.
The film was remade in 1957 with June Allyson and David Niven in the starring roles. In 1999, the original version of My Man Godfrey was deemed “culturally significant” by the United States Library of Congress and selected for preservation in the National Film Registry.
My Man Godfrey
Directed by Gregory La Cava
Produced by Charles R. Rogers
Written by Eric Hatch, Morrie Ryskind, Gregory LaCava
Starring William Powell, Carole Lombard
Music by Charles Previn, Rudy Schrager
Cinematography Ted Tetzlaff
Edited by Ted J. Kent, Russell F. Schoengarth
Distributed by Universal Pictures
Release dates September 6, 1936
Running time 94 minutes
Country United States