Merrily We Live

Merrily We Live

Constance Bennett
Director: Norman Z. McLeod Cast: Constance Bennett
Constance Bennett
, Brian Aherne
Brian Aherne
, Billie Burke
Billie Burke
Norman Z. McLeod


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Merrily We Live is a blatant imitation of My Man Godfrey, courtesy of producer Hal Roach. This time Brian Aherne is the gentleman vagabond whom flighty society matron Billie Burke hires as a chauffeur. Aherne's down-to-earth attitude jars against the high-toned phoniness of Burke's wealthy household, but soon the butler has "humanized" everyone around him. He also falls in love with Burke's daughter Constance Bennett, the snootiest member of the family. While at least one prominent film historian has applauded Merrily We Live for avoiding the muddled political subtext of My Man Godfrey, critics in 1938 were less politely inclined, blasting Merrily for being so unabashed a carbon copy. Audiences, on the other hand, loved the film, and Merrily We Live was a success.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/28/2018
UPC: 0851968007354
Original Release: 1938
Source: Classicflix
Time: 1:35:00
Sales rank: 23,979

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Constance Bennett Jerry Kilbourne
Brian Aherne Wade Rawlins
Billie Burke Mrs. Emily Kilbourne
Alan Mowbray Grosvenor, the Butler
Patsy Kelly Rosa, the Cook
Ann Dvorak Minerva Harlan
Bonita Granville Marion Kilbourne
Tom Brown Kane Kilbourne
Clarence Kolb Mr. Kilbourne
Marjorie Rambeau Senator Harlan's Wife
Phillip Reed Herbert Wheeler
Willie Best George W. Jones
Sidney Bracey Second Butler
Paul Everton Senator Harlan
Marjorie "Babe" Kane Rose, the Maid

Technical Credits
Norman Z. McLeod Director
Milton H. Bren Producer
Norbert F. Brodin Cinematographer
Charles Hall Production Designer
Marvin Hatley Musical Direction/Supervision
Jack Jevne Screenwriter
Eddie Moran Screenwriter
Hal Roach Producer
Roy Seawright Special Effects
William Terhune Editor

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