My Man Godfrey (1936) Movie Poster

Quotes from My Man Godfrey (1936)

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    • Alexander Bullock: We've got to come to an understanding right now: either Carlo is or I am.
    • Angelica Bullock: Am what?
    • Alexander Bullock: Well, one of us has got to and that's all there is to it.
    • Blake: Take a look at the dizzy old gal with the goat.
    • Alexander Bullock: I've had to look at her for 20 years - that's MRS. Bullock!
    • Blake: I'm terribly sorry!
    • Alexander Bullock: How do you think I feel?
    • Godfrey: Do you think you could follow an intelligent conversation for a minute?
    • Irene: I'll try.
    • Irene: You have a wonderful sense of humor. I wish I had a sense of humor, but I can never think of the right thing to say until everybody's gone home.
    • Alexander Bullock: All you need to start an asylum is an empty room and the right kind of people.
    • Guthrie: Are you wanted by the police?
    • Godfrey: That's just the trouble. Nobody wants me.
    • Godfrey: May I be frank?
    • Molly: Is that your name?
    • Godfrey: No, my name is Godfrey.
    • Molly: All right, be frank.
    • Godfrey: Why can't you let me alone?
    • Irene: Because you're my responsibility and someone has to take care of you.
    • Godfrey: I can take care of myself.
    • Irene: You can't look me in the eye and say that. You love me and you know it. You know, there's no sense in struggling against a thing when it's got you. It's got you and that's all there is to it - it's got you!
    • Angelica Bullock: If you're going to be rude to my daughter, you might as well at least take your hat off!
    • [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.
    • Irene: Can you butle?
    • Godfrey: Butle?
    • Irene: Yes, we're fresh out of butlers. The one we had left this morning.
    • Godfrey: The only difference between a derelict and a man is a job.
    • [about Godfrey]
    • Irene: He's my protegé.
    • Godfrey: Do you mind telling me just what a scavenger hunt is?
    • Irene: Well, a scavenger hunt is exactly like a treasure hunt, except in a treasure hunt you try to find something you want, and in a scavenger hunt you try to find something that nobody wants.
    • Godfrey: Hmm, like a forgotten man?
    • Irene: That's right, and the one who wins gets a prize, only there really isn't a prize. It's just the honor of winning, because all the money goes to charity, that is, if there is any money left over, but there never is.
    • Godfrey: Well, that clears the whole matter up beautifully.
    • Godfrey: Does the butler have quarters here in the house, or is that necessary?
    • Molly: Oh, you won't need any quarters. Just hang your hat near the door so you can get it quickly on the way out.
    • Molly: Mr. Bullock, there's a hansom cab driver waiting to see you in the kitchen.
    • Alexander Bullock: What's he want?
    • Molly: He wants $50 and his horse.
    • Alexander Bullock: What horse?
    • Molly: The one Miss Irene rode up the front steps last night.
    • Alexander Bullock: Where is his horse? I haven't got it!
    • Molly: It's in the library, where Miss Irene left it.
    • Alexander Bullock: I've just been going over last month's bills, and I find that you people have confused me with the Treasury Department.
    • Cornelia Bullock: Oh, don't start that again, Dad.
    • Alexander Bullock: I don't mind giving the government 60% of what I make. But I can't do it when my family spends 50%!
    • Irene: Well, why should the government get more money than your own family?
    • Cornelia Bullock: Will you do me a big favor?
    • Faithful George: Who do you want killed?
    • Cornelia Bullock: I'll do my own killing.
    • Angelica Bullock: What happened, what did you say to Carlo?
    • Alexander Bullock: I said goodbye.
    • Angelica Bullock: Did he go?
    • Alexander Bullock: Yes he left very hurriedly through the side window
    • Angelica Bullock: You mustn't come between Irene and Godfrey. He's the first thing she's shown any affection for since her pomeranian died last summer.
    • Godfrey: These flowers just came for you, miss. Where shall I put them?
    • Irene: What difference does it make where one puts flowers when one's heart is breaking?
    • Godfrey: Yes, miss. Shall I put them on the piano?
    • Godfrey: Hasn't anyone ever told you about certain proprieties?
    • Irene: You use such lovely big words. I like big words. What does it mean?
    • Godfrey: Well, I'll try to simplify it. Hasn't your mother or anyone ever explained to you that some things are proper and some things are not?
    • Irene: No she hasn't. She rambles on quite a bit, but then she never has anything to say.
    • Angelica Bullock: My ancestors came over on the boat. Oh, not the Mayflower, but the boat after that. What did your ancestors come over on, Godfrey?
    • Godfrey: As far as I know, they've always been here.
    • Angelica Bullock: They weren't Indians, I hope.
    • Godfrey: One can never be sure of one's ancestors.
    • Angelica Bullock: You know, you have rather high cheek bones...
    • Angelica Bullock: Oh, Alexander, you missed all the excitement.
    • Alexander Bullock: What's going on?
    • Angelica Bullock: Oh, let me see. I knew what it was I wanted to say, but somehow it slipped my mind.
    • Alexander Bullock: What's the matter with Irene?
    • Angelica Bullock: Oh, yes, that's it. Irene's got herself engaged!
    • Alexander Bullock: To whom?
    • Angelica Bullock: Oh, I don't know, Van something-or-other. I think he's the boy with his arm around that girl in pink. He's got lots of money.
    • Alexander Bullock: Well, he'll need it.
    • [notices Carlo by the french doors]
    • Detective: Who's that?
    • Irene: It's mother's protegé.
    • Detective: No wisecracks. Is that your son?
    • Alexander Bullock: That? Say, listen. I've made a lot of mistakes in my life, but I'll be hanged if I'll plead guilty to that!
    • Detective: Just a minute, sister!
    • Molly: If I thought that were true, I'd disown my parents.
    • [chuckles]
    • Detective: 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.
    • Irene: I went to Venice, and one night I went for a ride in one of those rowboats that the man pushes with a stick. Not a matador. That was in Spain. But something like a matador.
    • Godfrey: Do you, by any chance, mean a gondolier?
    • Irene: That was the name of the boat!
    • Godfrey: That's most of your stock. I knew it had been dumped on the market, so I sold short.
    • Angelica Bullock: I don't understand. You sold short. You mean gentlemen's underwear?
    • Irene: Life is but an empty bubble.
    • [Irene poses dramatically]
    • Cornelia Bullock: Oh, I remember that pose so well. I learned it in Dramatics School. It's Number 8 isn't it?
    • Faithful George: Yep, that's Number 8 all right.
    • Cornelia Bullock: Am I spoiling your act, dear?
    • [under her breath to Cornelia]
    • Irene: I'll spoil something of yours someday and it won't be your act!
    • Alexander Bullock: Life in this family is one subpoena after another.
    • Irene: Godfrey loves me! He put me in the shower!
    • Irene: Godfrey's gonna be our butler.
    • Angelica Bullock: He's gonna be who's butler?
    • Irene: He's gonna work for us.
    • Angelica Bullock: Oh, that's ridiculous. You don't know anything about him. He hasn't any recommendations...
    • Irene: Well, the last one had recommendations and stole all the silver.
    • Angelica Bullock: Well, that was merely a coincidence.
    • Godfrey: People who take in stray cats say they make the best pets, madam.
    • Angelica Bullock: I don't see what cats have got to do with butlers.
    • Cornelia Bullock: You can't go on like this forever. You really like me and you're afraid to admit it, aren't you?
    • Godfrey: You want me to tell you what I REALLY think of you?
    • Cornelia Bullock: Please do.
    • Godfrey: As Smith or as a butler?
    • Cornelia Bullock: Choose your own weapon.
    • Godfrey: You won't hold it against me?
    • Cornelia Bullock: It's your day off.
    • Godfrey: Very well. You belong to that unfortunate category that I would call the "Park Avenue brat". A spoiled child who's grown up in ease and luxury... who's always had her own way... and who's misdirected energies are so childish that they hardly deserve the comment, even of a butler on his off Thursday.
    • [hurt and angry]
    • Cornelia Bullock: Thank you for a very lovely portrait.
    • [Molly - the maid - brings drinks in to the living room where the police are questioning the family about the pearls]
    • Detective: Who are you?
    • Molly: Guess.
    • [last lines]
    • [Irene is getting ready to marry a surprised Godfrey]
    • Irene: Stand still, Godfrey. It'll all be over in a minute.
    • Irene: I'm terribly grateful. This is the first time I've ever beaten Cornelia at anything and you helped me do it.
    • Godfrey: Well, that makes me a sort of Cornelia beater doesn't it?
    • Godfrey: Prosperity is just around the corner.
    • Mike Flaherty: Yeah, it's been there a long time. I wish I knew which corner.
    • [visiting Godfrey's restaurant built on top of the old dump]
    • Irene: Oh my, how you've fixed this place up, Godfrey! It's much nicer than when I was here before!
    • Godfrey: Oh, you've noticed that, huh?
    • Irene: Are the forgotten men having a party?
    • Godfrey: It's their annual reunion.
    • Irene: I saw the mayor out there. Is he one of them, too?
    • Godfrey: He's the guest of honor.
    • Irene: Oh, it's a lovely view - the view of the bridge. Is it always there?
    • Godfrey: Most always.
    • Irene: Oh, you have a kitchen! I'm gonna like this place very much.
    • [Repeated line, whenever Carlo plays the piano and sings]
    • Carlo: Ochi Chornya... Ochi Chornya... Ochi Chornya!
    • Carlo: Oh! Money, money, money! The Frankenstein monster that destroys souls!
    • Cornelia Bullock: So Little Red Riding Hood didn't have enough feminine charm to trap a wolf her own age, so she falls in love with a butler and lives happily ever after on an ash pile. If you know what I mean.
    • Irene: I know what you mean, if you know what *I* mean.
    • [entering the room]
    • Carlo: May I come in?
    • Cornelia Bullock: You're in, aren't you?
    • Carlo: Very interesting book. The Greeks of the Middle Ages.
    • Cornelia Bullock: Oh, Irene would like that. You love the middle ages, don't you, dear?
    • [to Carlo]
    • Alexander Bullock: Why don't you stop imitating a gorilla and start imitating a man?
    • 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.
    • Cornelia Bullock: Little Red Riding Hood didn't have enough charm to trap a wolf of her own age, so she falls in love with the butler and lives happily ever after on an ashpile, if you know what I mean.
    • Irene: I know, if you know what I mean.
    • Cornelia Bullock: My life is precious to me.
    • Irene: It won't be in a minute!
    • Godfrey: But you want me to remain, don't you?
    • Irene: Oh, of course!
    • Godfrey: And I want to justify your faith in me by being a very good butler, and filling the void created by your late, lamented Pomeranian.
    • Irene: Oh, I've forgotten all about him. He had fleas, anyway. Besides, you're different. You use big words, and you're much cuter.
    • Alexander Bullock: All you need to start an insane asylum is an empty room, and the right kind of people!
    • Cornelia Bullock: I'd hate to see you made the laughing stock of Boston...
    • Godfrey: I would hate to see anyone made a laughing stock anywhere.
    • [looking out the window of Godfrey's nightclub, which overlooks the Brooklyn bridge]
    • Irene: It's a lovely view, with the bridge and everything - Is it always there?
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