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My Man Godfrey (1936); The Half Naked Truth (1932)

My Man Godfrey (1936)
November 8, 2013 - 7:30 pm

My Man Godfrey (1936)

“Lombard has played screwball dames before, but none so screwy as this one.” --Variety

Directed by Gregory La Cava

Director Gregory La Cava’s comic masterpiece entertains with a subtle social message about the contrasting worlds of the rich---represented here by an eccentric family populated with brilliant character actors---and the poor.  William Powell is outstanding as Godfrey Smith, a WWI veteran found living in a dump and hired by a flighty but sympathetic socialite (Carole Lombard) to be the family butler.  Godfrey soon establishes himself as the wisest member of a nutty household.

Universal Productions, Inc. Based on the novel by Eric Hatch.  Screenwriter: Morrie Ryskind, Eric Hatch.  Cinematographer: Ted Tetzlaff.  Editor: Ted Kent, Russell Schoengarth.  Cast: William Powell, Carole Lombard, Alice Brady, Gail Patrick, Eugene Pallette.  

35mm, b/w, 94 min. 

Watch the trailer below.

The Half Naked Truth (1932)

Directed by Gregory La Cava

A trio of carnival troupers with eyes for the big time storm Broadway on a whirl of midway ballyhoo in director Gregory La Cava’s racy satire of the modern publicity biz and the suckers who fall for it.  Lee Tracy’s press agent transforms Lupe Velez’ hootchy dancer into “the Princess Exotica” and lands her name in lights with Eugene Pallette’s long-suffering assistant grumbling all the way.

RKO Radio Pictures, Inc.  Screenwriter: G. La Cava, Corey Ford.  Cinematographer: Bert Glennon.  Editor: Charles L. Kimball.  Cast: Lupe Velez, Lee Tracy, Eugene Pallette, Frank Morgan, Shirley Chambers.  

16mm, b/w, 77 min.