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Too Many Cooks (1931)

Passed | | Comedy, Romance | 18 July 1931 (USA)
Two young lovers are building their house, but their relatives don't stop interfering, finally cutting off the young man's income and alienating them, but he is impressing everybody by ... See full summary »

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Albert 'Al' Bennett
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Alice Cook
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Two young lovers are building their house, but their relatives don't stop interfering, finally cutting off the young man's income and alienating them, but he is impressing everybody by continuing working at his home. Written by Stephan Eichenberg <eichenbe@fak-cbg.tu-muenchen.de>

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The $6,988.28 Albert says is the cost of the house he's building would be the equivalent of nearly $109,000 in 2015. See more »

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Wheeler without Woolsey
21 October 2014 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

Arriving in the country, New York businessman Bert Wheeler (as Albert "Al" Bennett) and his pretty fiancée Dorothy Lee (as Alice Cook) are driven, by stuttering coach driver Roscoe Ates (as Wilson), to the lot where Mr. Wheeler plans to build their "dream house." On another visit, to see the foundation, Wheeler and Ms. Lee disagree on a small room. He wants a den, but she favors a sewing room. Wheeler wonders, "A whole room just to sew in?" After an endless arrival of Lee's relatives, the suggestions get out of hand...

Wheeler's uncle and boss Robert McWade (as George) decides he wants to live with the couple, who may not be getting married after all...

Bert Wheeler and Robert Woolsey were very popular when they split up to make separate feature films in mid-1931. Something was missing and the duo re-teamed to enjoy even greater box-office popularity. "Too Many Cooks" is an update of Frank Craven's 1914 stage production. This version seems too ordinary and predictable, although the dialogue and look are modern enough. One strength is having the house become more of a "character" in the comedy; alas, filmmakers don't get enough mileage out of this opportunity.

**** Too Many Cooks (7/18/31) William Seiter ~ Bert Wheeler, Dorothy Lee, Robert McWade, Roscoe Ates


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