[[caption-width-right:320:[[CloudCuckoolander The rich girl]] [[CloudCuckoolander Irene]] with her protege...er, [[HiddenDepths butler]]]]

-> "All you need to start an asylum is an empty room and the right kind of people."
--> '''--Alexander Bullock'''

''My Man Godfrey'' is a classic 1936 ScrewballComedy directed by Gregory [=LaCava=], starring Creator/WilliamPowell and Creator/CaroleLombard.

The time is UsefulNotes/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 (Lombard), show up to claim one of the "forgotten men" to win a scavenger hunt. She chooses Godfrey (Powell) 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). Additionally, Godfrey is keeping a secret from Irene.

[[TheRemake Remade]] in 1957 with Creator/DavidNiven and June Allyson.

!!This film provides examples of:
* AnAesop: [[HiddenDepths Don't judge a book by its cover]].
* BrutalHonesty: Godfrey to the RichPeople at the ScavengerHunt.
* 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?
* CluelessChickMagnet: Without really trying or having much awareness of it, {{adorkable}} Godfrey gets both Bullock daughters and the maid to fall in love with him.
* CreditsBrandProducts: The opening credits are on neon signs.
* CutLexLuthorACheck: At the end of the film, Godfrey tells a humbled Cornelia that she ought to put her [[EvilVirtues high spirits]] to better use.
* DeadpanSnarker: Mr. Bullock. For Molly and Godfrey see ServileSnarker.
* TheDitz: Mrs. Bullock is ''so'' dizzy she is unable to correctly recall the man her daughter announced her engagement too mere moments earlier. Irene herself is also a bit empty headed, though she has a much more forceful personality than her vague mother.
* 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?"
* {{Fainting}}: Invoked by Irene to make Godfrey stay.
* HangoverSensitivity: Mrs. Bullock usually has one in the morning. She sees "pixies".
* HappyDance: "Mr. Godfrey loves me! He put me in the shower!" Cue Irene jumping up onto a nearby divan, flinging her skirts, and doing a merry stomp. Whee!
* 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.
* HeartbrokenBadass: [[spoiler: Godfrey. It's how Cornelia found him at the dump]].
* 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.
* LastMinuteHookup: In fact, last minute marriage.
* 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]].
* LoveMakesYouDumb: Irene exercises this trope, especially with the rather silly engagement ploy.
* MadLove: This sums up Irene's relationship to Godfrey.
* ManicPixieDreamGirl: Irene is one of the first in film history, possibly the TropeMaker.
* ModelingPoses: Irene's attempt to snare Godfrey's attention, called out by Cordelia.
* OnlySaneMan: Mr. Bullock and Godfrey.
* OverTheShoulderCarry: The way Godfrey carries fainted Irene up the stairs.
* ProtagonistTitle
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Godfrey mercilessly dissects Cornelia's character, telling her she is an overindulged Park Avenue brat. She is furious but also ashamed.
* RejectionAffection: Irene can't stop hitting on Godfrey while he is constantly rejecting her advances.
* RichBitch: Cornelia. She, like everybody else in the household, is improved by Godfrey.
* RichesToRags: [[spoiler: Bullock goes broke due to a combination of bad investments and his family's spending ways. It's averted thanks to Godfrey]].
* ScavengerHunt: This is how the Bullocks first meet Godfrey. (Scavenger hunts first became popular in the 1930s).
* SecretlyWealthy: [[spoiler: Godfrey Smith (aka Godfrey Park of the Boston Parks)]].
* ServileSnarker: The maid Molly is very deadpan, especially to the cops. Godfrey is sharper-tongued, but blunted by the adoring straight woman that is Irene.
* SexySoakedShirt: Godfrey figures out that Irene is faking a fainting spell, so he puts her in a shower and [[WaterWakeup turns the water on]]. The results are pretty fanservice-y. This also causes Irene to realize that Godfrey loves her.
* ShipperOnDeck: Tommy, Godfrey's friend, as well as the ''whole Bullock family'' for him and Irene.
* SpoiledSweet: Irene. While [[TheDitz 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.
* TheTramp: Godfrey. [[spoiler: He started out rich, goes on to be a tramp, makes the money back and uses it to help the other tramps]].
* TurnTheOtherCheek: Mr. Bullock -[[spoiler: until he finds out he is broke, and throws Carlo out the window]], something that Godfrey praises him for.
* WaterWakeup: Irene gets this treatment by Godfrey.