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Release Date:
30 December 1935 (USA) See more »
An executive lets an attractive cook talk him into taking a job as butler. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Herbert Marshall ... Jim Buchanan

Jean Arthur ... Joan Hawthorne
Leo Carrillo ... Mike Rossini

Lionel Stander ... Flash
Alan Edwards ... Bob Reynolds
Frieda Inescort ... Evelyn Fletcher
Gene Morgan ... Al
Ralf Harolde ... Swig
Matt McHugh ... Pete
Richard Powell ... Chesty
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mariska Aldrich ... Swedish Cook (uncredited)
William Anderson ... Newsboy (uncredited)
John Ardell ... Member of Board of Directors (uncredited)
William Arnold ... Second Inspector (uncredited)
Wyrley Birch ... Minister (uncredited)
Joan Blair ... Kate (uncredited)
Ralph Brooks ... Extra as Wedding Guest (uncredited)
Ann Bupp ... Flower Girl at Wedding (uncredited)
Michelette Burani ... French Cook (uncredited)
Walter Byron ... Roy - Pianist at Wedding Rehearsal (uncredited)
Romaine Callender ... Jennings (uncredited)
Mary Jane Carey ... Bridesmaid (uncredited)
Jack Cheatham ... Cop (uncredited)
James Conaty ... Restaurant Patron Extra (uncredited)
Edith Conrad ... Cook (uncredited)
Helen Conway ... Bridesmaid (uncredited)
Georgie Cooper ... Fainting Woman (uncredited)
Frank Hall Crane ... Member of Board of Directors (uncredited)
Lew Davis ... Waiter (uncredited)
Peggy Dawson ... Nursemaid (uncredited)
Wally Dean ... Member of Board of Directors (uncredited)
Edgar Dearing ... Motorcycle Cop (uncredited)
Sayre Dearing ... Wedding Rehearsal Guest Extra (uncredited)
Bill Dillon ... Secretary (uncredited)
Edith Emelyne ... Bridesmaid (uncredited)
Estelle Etterre ... Bridesmaid (uncredited)
Bess Flowers ... Laura - Wedding Rehearsal Guest (uncredited)
Jean Fowler ... Mr. Fletcher (uncredited)
John Guston ... Telephone Operator (uncredited)
Jonathan Hale ... Henry Brown - Member of Board of Directors (uncredited)
Katherine Hall ... Miss Harrison - Jim's Secretary (uncredited)
Peggy Helm ... Maid (uncredited)
Althea Henley ... Bridesmaid (uncredited)
Henry Herbert ... Member of Board of Directors (uncredited)
Russell Hicks ... Dillon (uncredited)
Arthur Hohl ... Conroy (uncredited)
Louis King ... Park Caretaker (uncredited)
Mike Lally ... Reporter (uncredited)
William Lally ... Bill - New York Cop (uncredited)
Lois Lindsay ... Wedding Rehearsal Guest (uncredited)
Charles Mason ... Reporter (uncredited)
Edward McWade ... Justice of the Peace (uncredited)
George Meeker ... Parker (uncredited)
Torben Meyer ... Swedish Servant (uncredited)
Robert Middlemass ... Chief Inspector (uncredited)
Edmund Mortimer ... Howard - Member of Board of Directors (uncredited)
Joseph North ... Butler (uncredited)
Henry Norton ... Extra as Wedding Guest (uncredited)
Eddie Parker ... Motorcycle Cop (uncredited)
Don Roberts ... Bartender (uncredited)
Frederick Roland ... Yates (uncredited)
Constantine Romanoff ... Lefty - Rossini's Driver (uncredited)
Adrian Rosley ... French Servant (uncredited)
Frances Shipp ... Bridesmaid (uncredited)
Larry Steers ... Extra as Wedding Guest (uncredited)
Harry Strathey ... Member of Board of Directors (uncredited)
Jackie Lee Tracy ... Little Girl (uncredited)
John Tyrrell ... Reporter (uncredited)
Pierre Watkin ... Mr. Balderson (uncredited)
George Webb ... Third Inspector (uncredited)
Lee Willard ... Member of Board of Directors (uncredited)
William Worthington ... Mr. Fletcher (uncredited)

Directed by
William A. Seiter 
Writing credits
Howard J. Green (screen play) and
Gertrude Purcell (screen play)

F. Hugh Herbert (story)

Produced by
Everett Riskin .... associate producer
Cinematography by
John Stumar (photography)
Film Editing by
Gene Havlick (film editor)
Art Direction by
Stephen Goosson 
Costume Design by
Samuel Lange (costumes)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Cliff P. Broughton .... assistant director (uncredited)
Sound Department
George Cooper .... sound engineer (uncredited)
Music Department
C. Bakaleinikoff .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Louis Silvers .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Other crew
Harry Cohn .... president: Columbia Pictures Corporation
Crew verified as complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
72 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)
Finland:K-16 | USA:Approved (PCA #1748) | USA:TV-G (TV rating)

Did You Know?

"The Screen Guild Theater" broadcast a 30 minute radio adaptation of the movie on October 22, 1945 with Lionel Stander reprising his film role.See more »
Mike Rossini:Well, how a nice girl like you happened to get hooked up with a mug like that?
Joan Hawthorne:He isn't a mug.
Mike Rossini:Well, how he happen to sell you that bill of goods? How you happen to fall for him?
Joan Hawthorne:The Depression.
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It Happened One Day in the Park, 21 April 2014
Author: wes-connors from Los Angeles

Following a loveless wedding rehearsal, automobile designer Herbert Marshall (as James "Jim" Buchanan) has a bad day with his "Buchanan Motor Co" board of directors and goes for a walk in the park. Contemplating life on a park bench, Mr. Marshall meets attractive blonde Jean Arthur (as Joan Hawthorne). Assuming Marshall is likewise unemployed, Ms. Arthur shares the "Help Wanted" classified ads with him. She thinks they might improve their luck by responding to a "cook and butler" job offer together. They get a job working for shady Leo Carrillo (as Michael "Mike" Rossini) at "Rossini Manor", but must pretend to be husband and wife. When he discovers Marshall and Ms. Arthur are not sharing the bed in their living quarters, Mr. Carrillo decides to move in on Arthur...

Of course, Marshall and Arthur discover they mutually attracted. Partially because it's so expected, there is little interest or investment in Marshall and Arthur as a couple. The co-stars have a few good moments – curiously, they are more appealing when they are not sharing the screen. The story seems to slow down as it progresses. Gravel-voiced Lionel Stander (as Flash) adds some much-needed spark. "If You Could Only Cook" is more famous as the film Columbia Pictures chief Harry Cohn falsely promoted abroad as a Frank Capra Production. The successful filmmaker was understandably miffed at the studio mogul.

****** If You Could Only Cook (12/25/35) William A. Seiter ~ Herbert Marshall, Jean Arthur, Lionel Stander, Leo Carrillo

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