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My Man Godfrey

When: Fri., Feb. 22, 8 p.m. 2013

Originally released in 1936 but still hilariously (and sadly) relevant today, Gregory LaCava's My Man Godfrey remains one of the great screwball comedies and a wicked satire of the upper class in times of economic uncertainty. William Powell stars as the titular Godfrey, a "forgotten man" on the streets who's adopted as a butler by kind-but-ditzy heiress Carole Lombard, in one of her best motormouth performances. Soon, she's fallen madly in love with the annoyed Godfrey, whose past isn't as downtrodden as everyone thinks and who has more than a few solutions for the problems of Lombard's snobby, scatterbrained family. Powell's speech about realizing how the problems of the rich seem petty when compared to the resilience of the poor and forgotten is a lesson many could still stand to learn. The classic film also has one of the best title sequences and last lines of any screwball comedy. —Zack Smith

Price: $5-7

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