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If You Could Only Cook
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Director:
Writers:
Howard J. Green (screen play) and
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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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User Reviews:
Utterly charming--they certainly don't make them like this any more! 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)
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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)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
"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 »
Quotes:
Mike Rossini:Yer cook is in the jug - J-A-I-L - jug!See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in The Lady with the Torch (1999)See more »
Soundtrack:
The Wedding MarchSee more »

FAQ

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24 out of 25 people found the following review useful.
Utterly charming--they certainly don't make them like this any more!, 20 January 2007
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

This is a rather simple plot for a film, but due to exceptional writing, deft direction and the winning acting of Herbert Marshall and Jean Arthur, it's a wonderful movie. This is a great old romantic film that would be great to see with someone you love.

Marshall plays the CEO of a huge car manufacturing company. When his ideas are rejected by the board, he gets annoyed with the business. At about the same time, he meets Arthur, who has no idea he's a rich big-shot. She actually thinks he's an out of work schnook and convinces him to apply to a job with her--she as a cook and he as a butler in the same household. Since Ms. Arthur is so charming and sweet, he agrees and neither she nor the employer know his true calling. Later, this misunderstanding REALLY gets out of hand, but I don't want to spoil the film by explaining further.

The bottom line is that the freshness and delightful nature of the film make up for the fact that the plot line is pretty hard to believe. Unless you are an old grouch or hate old films (people like this need to be shot), you will like this film.

Interestingly, the film was so good that Columbia Pictures' president, Harry Cohn, tried a "fast one". Since Frank Capra worked at the studio and was now famous for IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT (having practically swept the Oscars) and since IF YOU ONLY COULD COOK was such a sweet film, it was marketed as a Capra Film--even though Capra had NOTHING to do with it!! As a result, Capra sued and Cohn nearly lost his job until it was all smoothed over and tempers subsided.

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