FILM IN FOCUS: “My Man Godfrey” (1936) — the first “Downton Abbey”?

My Man Godfrey (1936) — the “Downton Abbey” of Its Time

Starring William Powell and Carole Lombard — with a supporting cast of talented actors such as Mischa AuerEugene Pallette, and Alice Brady — the film is often billed as the first “screwball” comedy. I do love this film for it’s fast-paced wit and bubbly dialogue.

Carole Lombard and William Powell are two of my favorite actors from this era. By the time they had made this film together, the two had already been married and divorced — to EACH OTHER — so perhaps that explains why their on-screen chemistry is so electric. I’m inspired by how they seem to have remained friends after their marriage and go on to create this enduring classic together.