Screwball classic on amphitheater screen

Jul 03, 2014
Carole Lombard and William Powell meet cute in luscious black and white in “My Man Godfrey.”

Camden — “My Man Godfrey,” a classic black-and-white comedy from 1936, will be the featured Monday Night Movie July 14 at the Camden Amphitheatre on Atlantic Avenue, starting at 8:30 p.m. The Monday Night Movies in the Park series is underwritten by Camden National Bank; bring blankets or chairs for seating. The movies are free although donations will be accepted.

One of the landmark screwball comedies of the 1930s, “My Man Godfrey” offers the radiant Carole Lombard in her definitive performance as flighty young heiress Irene Bullock who, on a society scavenger hunt, stumbles on Godfrey (William Powell), an erudite hobo residing in the city dump. Godfrey becomes the family’s butler, much to the dismay of Irene’s father Alexander (the great Eugene Pallette), who thinks his household is crazy enough without another apparent lunatic under his roof. Godfrey, however, is not quite what he seems.

The movie, although a comedy, carries serious commentary on the Great Depression. The film’s theme can best be stated by Godfrey’s own words: “The only difference between a man and a derelict is a job.”

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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