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[[caption-width-right:323:[[CloudCuckoolander The rich girl]] [[CloudCuckoolander Irene]] with her protege...er, [[HiddenDepths butler]]]]

''My Man Godfrey'' is a classic 1936 screwball comedy starring William Powell and Carole Lombard. The time is TheGreatDepression, and a number of men down on their luck are living in the city dump. By chance, a party of rich people, including Irene Bullock, show up to claim one of the "forgotten men" to win a scavenger hunt. She chooses Godfrey and wins the hunt, and afterward offers him a job as the family butler. HilarityEnsues as he is confronted with a mad household of spoiled [[RichBitch brats]] and {{Cloud Cuckoolander}}s. While Irene falls madly in love with Godfrey, the feeling is not mutual (at first).

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!!Tropes
* ChickMagnet: Without really trying, Godfrey gets both Bullock daughters and the maid to fall in love with him.
* CloudCuckoolander: Irene and Mrs. Bullock.
--> '''Irene''': (looks out the window of Godfrey's club) Oh, it's a lovely view - the view of the bridge. Is it always there?
* CreditsBrandProducts: The opening credits are on neon signs.
* CutLexLuthorACheck: At the end of the film, Godrey tells a humbled Cornelia that she ought to put her [[EvilVirtues high spirits]] to better use.
* DeadpanSnarker: Any of the help who survives more than a day in the Bullock house. Molly, the maid, is very deadpan; Godfrey is sharper-tongued, but blunted by the adoring straight woman that is Irene.
* DysfunctionalFamily: Where to begin?
--> "Take a look at the dizzy old gal with the goat."
--> "I've had to look at her for 20 years - that's MRS. Bullock!"
--> "I'm terribly sorry!"
--> "How do you think ''I'' feel?"
* HangoverSensitivity: Mrs. Bullock usually has one in the morning. She sees "pixies".
* HaveAGayOldTime: Mrs. Bullock notes that Cornelia shattered a bunch of windows downtown because she was "very gay" last night.
** Mr. Bullock asks Godfrey if he's noticed anything "queer" about him lately.
* HeelFaceTurn: Cornelia at the end of the film.
* HideousHangoverCure: "Pixie Remover," namely tomato juice and Worcestershire sauce.
* HiddenDepths: Godfrey, who is more business savvy than he appears.
* IdleRich: All of the Bullocks except Mr. Bullock. The satirical bite of these Idle Rich going to a dump to find the "forgotten man" was strong in the Great Depression, when there were a lot of forgotten men.
* INeedAFreakingDrink: During a typical evening at home, Mr. Bullock takes a whole tray of martinis & asks Godfrey to repeat the order in 30 minutes.
* TheJeeves: Godfrey, except for the pardonable sin of being American.
* LoopedLyrics: Carlo singing "Ochi Tchorniye," but none of the other lyrics, so it's close to a SingleStanzaSong. Bonus points to Mrs. Bullock for [[CloudCuckoolander not knowing the name of the song]].
* ManicPixieDreamGirl: Irene is one of the first in film history, possibly the TropeMaker.
* OnlySaneMan: Mr. Bullock and Godfrey.
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Godfrey mercilessly dissects Cornelia's character, telling her she is an overindulged Park Avenue brat. She is furious but also ashamed.
* RichBitch: Cornelia. She, like everybody else in the household, is improved by Godfrey.
* ScavengerHunt: This is how the Bullocks first meet Godfrey. (Scavenger hunts first became popular in the 1930s).
* ScrewballComedy
* SecretlyWealthy: Godfrey Smith (aka Godfrey Park of the Boston Parks).
* ServileSnarker: the maid Molly, especially to the cops.
* SexySoakedShirt: Godfrey figures out that Irene is faking a fainting spell, so he puts her in a shower and turns the water on. The results are pretty fanservice-y. This also causes Irene to realize that Godfrey loves her.
* SpoiledSweet: Irene. While ditzy, she still is kind to Godfrey, which is why he agrees to go with her for the scavenger hunt, as opposed to her older RichBitch sister.