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If You Could Only Cook (1935)

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

Director:

William A. Seiter

Writers:

Howard J. Green (screen play), Gertrude Purcell (screen play) | 1 more credit »
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Complete credited cast:
Herbert Marshall ... Jim Buchanan
Jean Arthur ... Joan Hawthorne
Leo Carrillo ... Mike Rossini
Lionel Stander ... Flash
Alan Edwards ... Bob Reynolds
Frieda Inescort ... Evelyn Fletcher (as Frieda Inescourt)
Gene Morgan ... Al
Ralf Harolde ... Swig
Matt McHugh Matt McHugh ... Pete
Richard Powell Richard Powell ... Chesty
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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) See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

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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 »

Goofs

When Jim and Joan move the sofa onto the porch, the boom mic shadow is visible. See more »

Quotes

Mr. Balderson: I've seen some brazen confidence men, but that girl in there is...
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Connections

Featured in The Lady with the Torch (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

Bridal Chorus (Here Comes the Bride)
(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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uplifting fun
2 November 2004 | by mindfire-3See all my reviews

this movie is in the spirit of pursuing your dreams and following your heart. it's the wonderfully silly story of a auto designer whose company wants to keep making what sells rather that try his new designs. while soul-searching in the park he meets unemployed Jean Arthur who thinks he's down on his luck also. she sees a job for a married couple (a live in butler and cook), turns to him and ergo, the title. anyway, it's a lot of fun. for some reason this isn't available on video and isn't shown on TCM etc. so i had to find a copy on eBay. and now our town is having a Jean Arthur film festival (why didn't they consult me!? :-)). this is my favorite of Jean Arthur's movies not available on video, followed by Party Wire.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

30 December 1935 (USA) See more »

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Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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