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If You Could Only Cook (1935)

Approved | | Comedy, Romance | 30 December 1935 (USA)
An executive lets an attractive cook talk him into taking a job as butler.

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Auto magnate James Buchanan has a fiancée who doesn't love him and a board of directors who won't listen to him. Brooding on a park bench, he meets unemployed Joan Hawthorne, a fine cook who needs a partner to apply for a 'couple' butler/cook job with gourmet ex-bootlegger Mike Rossini. Bemused, Buchanan goes along with the gag, taking lessons from his own butler. But there's sure to be a day of reckoning... Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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SHE GAVE UP HER PARK BENCH FOR HIM! HE GAVE UP MILLIONS FOR HER! (original print ad - all caps)

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Búsquenme una novia  »

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Trivia

"The Screen Guild Theater" broadcast a 30 minute radio adaptation of the movie on January 26, 1941 with Herbert Marshall reprising his film role. See more »

Quotes

Joan Hawthorne: There oughta be a law against parks... and benches... and him!
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Featured in The Lady with the Torch (1999) See more »

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Bridal Chorus (Here Comes the Bride)
(1850) (uncredited)
from "Lohengrin"
Written by Richard Wagner
Played on piano by Walter Byron at the wedding rehearsal
Reprised by the band at the wedding
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Charming B&W comedy with WiseGuys
9 November 2004 | by (Texas) – See all my reviews

The Austin Film Society showed this entertaining old film last week on election night. The receptive audience found laughs in many lines that still seem current, especially about unemployment, the want ads and being broke.

Jean Arthur looked lovely in this movie, and Herbert Marshall was perfect. What a wonderful voice that man had! My husband thinks that his walk may have inspired C3PO's formal motions, although the robot had a metal leg, not a wooden one like Mr. Marshall's.

Lionel Stander was already in full bellow, many decades before 'Hart to Hart', and Leo Carillo was a treat as the gangster employer. It was a surprise to hear them use the term 'wise guy' for a prospective member

  • I didn't realize it was already being used back then.



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