A scavenger hunt brings socialite sisters face-to-face with derelicts and bums. The Bullock family enjoys the competition. They find nothing wrong with dragging homeless men away from the city dump so they can win their game. It’s all in fun, of course. But Godfrey doesn’t like how the wealthy treat people of misfortune. The Bullock sister who found Godfrey convinces him to work at their home as the family’s butler. He brings a steady head to the home, but keeps secrets from them.
William Powell was nominated for the Best Actor Oscar for his work in the title role. Carole Lombard was nominated for the Best Actress Oscar for the part of Irene Bullock. Mischa Auer played the freeloading musician and was nominated for Best Actor in a Supporting Role. Alice Brady played Angelica Bullock and was nominated for Best Actress in a Supporting Role. Gregory La Cava was nominated for the Best Director Oscar. Eric Hatch and Morrie Ryskind were nominated for Best Writing, Screenplay.
In the year the supporting actor categories were introduced, this film made an impression by being the first movie to ever receive four acting nominations. It’s also the only movie to be overlooked for Best Picture, while receiving nominations for all four acting awards and for writing and directing. No other movie has received those six nominations and lost them all.
William Powell and Carole Lombard were married for 2 years, ending the marriage in 1933. Even though they’d been divorced for three years when filming began, Powell claimed Lombard was the only actress suitable for the role of Irene.
Carole Lombard was awarded the Medal of Freedom after dying in a plane crash on her way home from Indiana on a war bond tour. President Roosevelt awarded the medal to Lombard posthumously since she was the first woman killed in the line of duty in WWII.