[at the city dump]
Irene: Could you tell me why you live in a place like this when there’s so many other nice places?
Godfrey: You really want to know?
Irene: Oh, I’m very curious.
Godfrey: It’s because my real estate agent felt that the altitude would be very good for my asthma.

This isn’t a movie blog and I’m not going to try to tie this into writing…I’m simply recommending that everyone watch this film.

Let’s all just take a second to appreciate the greatness of William Powell. For those of you who don’t watch old hollywood movies, here’s a good place to start. My Man Godfrey is my favorite black and white film. The plot is okay, I’ll admit, but the wit and cleverness in the dialogue has me laughing throughout most of the movie. In short, “A scatterbrained socialite hires a vagrant as a family butler…but there’s more to Godfrey than meets the eye.”

Other favorites of mine include the Thin Man series, also featuring the wonderful William Powell and It Happened One Night, which stars another favorite my mine, Clark Gable. I also tend to love anything with Cary Grant.

What black and white films do you love?

More favorite quotes:

Godfrey: Prosperity is just around the corner.
Mike Flaherty: Yeah, it’s been there a long time. I wish I knew which corner.

Godfrey: Do you think you could follow an intelligent conversation for a minute?
Irene: I’ll try.

Detective: Just a minute, sister!
Molly: If I thought that were true, I’d disown my parents.
Detective: [chuckles] So you got a passion for jewelry, huh?
Molly: Yes… I got a passion for socking cops.
Detective: Where are they?
Molly: Most of them are in cemeteries.

Godfrey: Tommy, there’s a very peculiar mental process called thinking – you wouldn’t know much about that – but when I was living here I did a lot of it.

 

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