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MY MAN GODFREY
1936, Universal, 94 min, USA, Dir: Gregory La Cava

"You people have confused me with the U.S. Treasury!" barks Eugene Pallette to his spoiled, filthy-rich family, including daughter Carole Lombard, who acquires tramp William Powell during a scavenger hunt and makes him her butler, whereupon he teaches her a few lessons about being human. Comeuppance for the wealthy was sure-fire material during the Depression, and no film ever did it better than this one. With Alice Brady, Mischa Auer, Gail Patrick and Alan Mowbray.


MANHATTAN MELODRAMA
1934, Warner Bros., 93 min, USA, Dir: W.S. Van Dyke, George Cukor (uncredited)

Hard gambler and racketeer Edward "Blackie" Gallagher (Clark Gable) and bookish district attorney and would-be governor Jim Wade (William Powell) have been lifelong friends, brought together by their both being orphans. When Blackie's girlfriend, Eleanor (Myrna Loy), leaves him for the more sensible Jim, there are no ill feelings between the friends, but when Blackie kills the D.A. running opposite Jim for the election of governor, Jim must face the most difficult case of his career: convicting his best friend of murder. The first of 14 onscreen pairings between Loy and Powell, and made in the same year as their most famous film, THE THIN MAN. Look for Mickey Rooney in one of his earliest roles, playing Blackie as a child. MANHATTAN MELODRAMA has become infamous as the last film seen by gangster John Dillinger before he was gunned down leaving Chicago's Biograph Theater.


THE GREAT ZIEGFELD
1936, Warner Bros., 176 min, USA, Dir: Robert Z. Leonard

In this epic, spectacular fictionalized biography of Florenz “Flo” Ziegfeld (William Powell) with original music by Walter Donaldson and Irving Berlin, we follow the rise and fall of an irrepressibly ambitious businessman as he relentlessly cultivates stars and ultimately creates the glamorous, leggy Ziegfeld Follies. With breathlessly lavish production numbers that define the grandeur of the 1930s MGM musical, THE GREAT ZIEGFELD must be seen on the big screen! With Luise Rainer, Myrna Loy, Fanny Brice, Virginia Bruce and Ray Bolger.


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