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Carole Lombard as Irene Bullock: 10 Quotes About the Iconic Role

By    |   Wednesday, 13 May 2015 08:41 PM

Carole Lombard’s untimely death at the age of 33 cemented her status as a beloved movie star, and this role as Irene Bullock was her most iconic performance. She was known for playing the screwball heroine magically, which was certainly the case with this performance as a spoiled, out-of-touch rich girl who falls for a man that appears to be far below her socioeconomic class.

Here are 10 quotes about Lombard’s iconic role as Irene Bullock in "My Man Godfrey":

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1. “'My Man Godfrey' is a slick, quickly moving comedy that still plays elegantly today, though Lombard is an oddity in today’s cinema world: a Manic Pixie Dream Girl whose romantic interest doesn’t need rescuing, isn’t impressed by her antics, and repeatedly shuts her down.” – Tasha Robinson, AV Club

2. “Watch Carole Lombard’s marvelously screwball brand of comedy. Indeed, watch all the acting by this marvelous collection of characters.” – N. N. H., A Sharper Focus

Lombard was considered one of the queens of this screwball comedy genre so popular in the 1930s.

3. “William Powell and Carole Lombard are pleasantly teamed in this splendidly produced comedy ... Lombard has played screwball dames before, but non so screwy as this one. Her whole family, with the exception of the old man, seem to have been dropped on their respective heads when young.” – Variety staff, 1935

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4. “Like any film of any era, the strength of this movie results from the performances, particularly the leads. There’s a charm to both Powell and Lombard, making the film transcend generations.” – Kevin Carr, 7M Pictures

Carr went on to say that “there’s less of a push to see 75-year-old films nowadays, and that’s a shame because this is a seminal movie that sets the stage for decades of comedies to come.”

5. “A witty political satire that will probably leave you smiling more than laughing out loud, especially when showing the eccentricities of the hilarious crazy family, and it is dominated by some wonderful, Oscar-nominated performances from Powell, Lombard and Brady.” – Carlos Magalhaes, Rotten Tomatoes film reviewer

6. “Lombard creates a ditz so rare, a creature so otherworldly in her oblivious to what other call reality, that she comes off less as a thing of flesh and blood than as a shimmering cloud of butterflies flying in perfect, girl-shaped formation” – Hazel-Dawn Dumpert, Village Voice

7. “'My Man Godfrey,' one of the treasures of 1930s screwball comedy, doesn’t merely use Lombard and Powell, it loves them.” – Roger Ebert, film critic

Ebert continues gushing about the film, which he gave his highest praise of four stars, that Lombard “has a dreamy, ditzy breathlessness that shows her sweetly yearning after this man who fascinated her even when she thought he really was a bum.”

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8. “Lombard spiraling gleefully in soaked satin ... these are a few of one’s favorite things.” – Fernando F. Croce, Cinepassion

Croce’s review further praises her performance, stating, “When nitwits and sages try to make sense of the madness, the camera slows down and rests on the kitchen sing for lovely long takes of Powell and Lombard washing and drying dishes and passing from effervescence to melancholy.”

9. “More than any other screwball heroine, Irene Bullock is truly unstable, and having gone so far with her character, Lombard walks right back, making the character genuinely funny, and keeping her flirtiness firmly within an appealing, charming register, making this most dangerous of comic heroines also a singularly likeable one.” – Tim Brayton, film reviewer

Brayton believes that this role put Lombard firmly among “the best of the best: Hepburn in “Holiday,” Dunne in “The Awful Truth,” Stanwyck in “The Lady Eye.”

10. “It’s Carole Lombard’s best role ever.” – Dennis Schwartz, film reviewer

Schwartz reviewed this film in 2006, stating that “its whimsical winning nature still comes through ... what still holds up are the zippy performances by the ensemble cast and overall energy.”

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