Carole Lombard and William Powell dazzle in this definitive screwball comedy by Gregory La Cavaâa potent cocktail of romantic repartee and social critique. Irene (Lombard), an eccentric, wealthy Manhattanite, wins a society-ball scavenger hunt after finding a âforgotten manâ (Powell)âan apparent down-and-out drifterâat a dump. She gives him work as the family butler and soon falls head over heels for him. Her attempts to both woo Godfrey and indoctrinate him in the householdâs dysfunction make for a string of madcap high jinks that has never been bested. La Cavaâs deft film was the first to garner Oscar nominations in all four acting categories, and it is one of Hollywoodâs greatest commentaries on class and the social unrest of the Depression era.
- Rare outtakes
- The complete 1938 broadcast of the Lux Radio Theater adaptation, starring William Powell and Carole Lombard
- Original theatrical trailer
- New program featuring jazz and film critic Gary Giddens
- New interview with critic Nick Pinkerton on director Gregory La Cava
- Newsreels depicting Great Depression class divides
- An essay by critic Farran Smith Nehme