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Director:
Writers:
Howard J. Green (screen play) and
Gertrude Purcell (screen play) ...
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Release Date:
30 December 1935 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
SHE GAVE UP HER PARK BENCH FOR HIM! HE GAVE UP MILLIONS FOR HER! (original print ad - all caps)
Plot:
An executive lets an attractive cook talk him into taking a job as butler. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Afs is Bringing Me The Lubitsch Touch, Oh Yes
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Very satisfying romantic comedy See more (18 total) »

Cast

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

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Trivia:
In order to cash in on Frank Capra's popularity in England, Columbia Pictures released this film in London as "A Frank Capra Production, produced by Frank Capra." Capra who had never even seen the film was furious. This led to a bitter year-long dispute between the head of Columbia Harry Cohn, and Capra (who sued Columbia for libel). It almost cost Cohn his job and almost resulted in Capra leaving the studio. It was resolved when Cohn relented and promised to buy for Capra, the rights to the play "You Can't Take It with You" for $200,000, and pay him some back salary if he would drop the suit. And Capra did.See more »
Quotes:
Evelyn Fletcher:[soon to be bride instructing her groom on the ceremony] And then you just keep saying I do.
Roy - Pianist at Wedding Rehearsal:Until you're done!
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Movie Connections:
Featured in The Lady with the Torch (1999)See more »
Soundtrack:
Bridal Chorus (Here Comes the Bride)See more »

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35 out of 35 people found the following review useful.
Very satisfying romantic comedy, 9 December 2004
Author: bensonj from New York, NY

This dry, low-key romantic comedy is very satisfying. Arthur is excellent, and Marshall is well cast as an automobile executive who wants to get away from his stuffy board of directors and his pushy fiancé, and finds happiness posing as a butler (initially so that Arthur can get work as part of a butler-cook team). Lionel Stander (as he often does) steals the show as the acerbic sidekick of gangster Carillo, and he's given some great lines. Carillo is pleasing, too, as the gangster who wants to live like the gentry, and who's romantically interested in Arthur, but who's willing to hold back because he's a gourmet and is even more interested in retaining her as a cook. The best thing about the film is that it never gets tripped up in excessive plot complications, or telegraphs its humor. Giving Carillo a gustatorial as well as romantic interest allows him to take certain actions without burdening the romance of the principals. And, after giving us enough of a glimpse of the snotty fiancé to know what Marshall's in for, the film has the grace not to show her face again; no silly "scheming" or tiresome bared claws. In the final scene, when all are trying to convince Arthur through a locked door that she should marry, they move from straight arguments to playing roles in a "routine," but there's no winking and signaling to signify a change in technique, it just flows quickly and naturally. The film has enough confidence in the unfolding of the relationship between the principals that the intrusion of other characters and mechanical "plot complications" can be kept to a minimum Thus Carillo's proposal and interference at the denouement serves mainly to allow Arthur to voice her feelings about Marshall, and Carillo actually brings them together rather than holding them apart. Nice film.

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