If You Could Only Cook (1935)

If You Could Only Cook (1935)

  • 7.0
  • 70 mins
  • Romance


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...—Rod Crawford

Short Review

Obviously a B-movie, but worthy if you're a classic screwball fan (heavy shades of My Man Godfrey, if you thought Godfrey should've run off with the maid). The silliness is carried by Jean Arthur and Herbert Marshall playing their comic personas to the hilt: Jean Arthur as the quintessential savvy yet vulnerable girl-next-door and Herbert Marshall as the elegantly charming douchebag, with all the mixed-up identities and Depression-era backdrop one requires. Could probably be fleshed out to be a more sensible and much better film, but as it is, it doesn't have an ounce of flesh to spare on its 70 minute frame.


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