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My Man Godfrey
4.16.2003 by Dan Beirne, every Wednesday.

Nathan Lane comes over every Wednesday to the house to watch a movie, or just chat with Dan. Dan found these little chats so interesting, he decided to tape-record them and tell the world all the neat things Nathan had to say about movies and stuff.

Wednesday, April 10th, cloudy

My Man Godfrey (1936): A scatterbrained socialite hires a vagrant as a family butler...but there's more to Godfrey than meets the eye. Starring William Powell and Carole Lombard, and directed by Gregory La Cava.

(we are scaling a rock face in the picturesque Grand Canyon. Nathan has a portable DVD player that he's watching as we climb. I've seen this movie already, so I'm not watching it.)

Nathan: It's genuinely funny!

Dan: I don't how you can focus on that.

Nathan: Like, by today's standards, this is genuinely funny.

Dan: You said that.

(sounds of pebbles slipping, and long silence before they hit the ground)

Nathan: This Mischa Auer fellow is wholly under-appreciated.

Dan: I think my safety cable is hooked on something.

Nathan: His performance as an ape is simply hysterical.

Dan: Can you hand me the straightener?

Nathan: It's so nice out here!

Dan: The straightener...

(I can hear 'Mo Money Mo Problems' in the distance. Strange.)

Nathan: So nice to get out of your room for a change.

Dan: We went to Florida for two weeks.

Nathan: Hand me the straightener?

(it turns out I had the straightener. I handed it to him)

Nathan: There, think I was hooked on something.

Dan: I need a coffee.

Nathan: You're so spoiled.

Dan: It's hard to breathe up here.

Nathan: A friend of mine made you a website.

Dan: Really? That's so nice.

Nathan: William Powell!!

Dan: What's her name again?

Nathan: He's just so much funnier than I thought!

Dan: Isabelle?

Nathan: Way funnier than that show you do.

Dan: Isadore?

Nathan: It's hard to breathe up here.

Dan: I remember the last line of that movie...

Nathan: "Hold still, Godfrey, this'll only take a second", right as they're getting married! Bust-a-Gut!!

Dan: Yeah, bust-a-gut...

Nathan: You don't sound en--

Dan: It's just giving up.

Nathan: --thused.

Dan: Don't you think?

Nathan: Not at all, he loves her!

Dan: Why? Just cause she's there.

Nathan: We're all trying, Dan. We're all trying.

Dan: Yeah, I know.

Nathan: Did you ever tattle on anyone?

Dan: Yeah, why?

Nathan: I thought so.

(a honking horn)

Nathan: Ah, crap, that's Diana. I'll see ya.

(Nathan climbed faster than a spider out of that canyon. But we were on a pulley system, so as he went up, I went down)

as always, you can e-mail Nathan, to talk about movies or just chat about whatever.


"We went to Florida for two weeks" - to read more about our adventures there, read 'Looney Tunes', 'Indiana Jones', or just ask Nathan yourself.

"my friend made you a website" - it was really nice of her to do this. You can see it here.

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