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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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Cast

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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)

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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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14 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
Keeping Up Appearances, 18 January 2007
Author: movingpicturegal from Los Angeles

Entertaining, almost screwball-like, comedy about successful car designer, James Buchanan (Herbert Marshall), soon to be married in what seems like a "marriage of convenience" to a society woman he doesn't love. Well, he meets a pretty out-of-work blonde named Joan (Jean Arthur) on a park bench where she is busy reading the want ads. Finding an ad desiring a married couple for "cook and butler", they decide to pretend they are married and apply for the job (James agreeing to go along with the idea 'cause he "likes" her). Well, they get the job, the employers are a bunch of gangsters, and they end up living in the servants quarters above the garage with just one double bed!

This is a very enjoyable film, much better than I was expecting. The plot is lots of fun, and features a couple of my favorite actors, Jean Arthur and Herbert Marshall, who are both great in this - they even seemed to have some chemistry together (even though the first kiss between them looked almost like a boy kissing his grandma). The actors who play the gangsters in this are quite funny, especially Lionel Stander as the main man's sidekick, a guy named Flash who seems like just another dumb mug, but is actually the one who immediately catches on, via snooping around, that James and Joan may not really be a married couple. A really good film that deserves to be more well known than it is.

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