My Man Godfrey (1957 film)

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My Man Godfrey
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Theatrical release poster
Directed by Henry Koster
Written byPeter Berneis
William Bowers
Everett Freeman
Eric Hatch (novel)
Produced by Ross Hunter
Starring June Allyson
David Niven
Cinematography William H. Daniels
Edited byMilton Carruth
Music by Frank Skinner
Color process Eastmancolor
Universal Pictures
Distributed by Universal Pictures
Release dates
  • October 11, 1957 (1957-10-11)(New York City)
  • October 18, 1957 (1957-10-18)(United States)
Running time
92 minutes
CountryUnited States

My Man Godfrey is a 1957 American CinemaScope comedy film starring June Allyson and David Niven. [1] [2] It was adapted by Peter Berneis, William Bowers and Everett Freeman, and directed by Henry Koster. The film is a color remake of Gregory La Cava's 1936 screwball comedy of the same name. Allyson played the role created by Carole Lombard in the original version, and Niven took on the role made famous by William Powell. Niven had played the role of Tommy Gray, Godfrey's former classmate, in a 1938 radio version.



The plot begins as a zany heiress uses and then takes pity on a man whom she believes to be homeless. She insists the man come home with her and gives him a job as the eccentric family's butler—much to the chagrin of her father, especially when it becomes clear the girl is falling in love with the fellow. The family's new butler, however, harbors a secret: he is actually as wealthy as and, in fact, more well-born than they are.



The film was meant to mark the Hollywood debut of O. W. Fischer, but he was fired two weeks into production and was sued by Universal. [3]

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  2. "My Man Godfrey". AFI. . Retrieved 28 December 2015.
  3. THOMAS M. PRYOR (Feb 21, 1957). "UNIVERSAL SUES ACTOR IT OUSTED: Studio Charges O. W. Fischer With Contract Breach in Filming of 'Godfrey' Huxley to Work on Cartoon". New York Times. p. 30.