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If Only You Could Cook


Herbert Marshall and Jean Arthur in a minor screwball comedy. Marshall is the head of a car company, about to be married to a conniving bitch, who gets fed up and walks out of everything. He meets Arthur on a park bench. She’s desperately looking for a job and mistakes him for another victim of the depression. She persuades him to pretend they’re married so they can take jobs as cook and butler to a man who turns out to be a gangster. Can anybody guess whether or not they fall in love? The movie has some funny moments, but the scene where half a dozen gangsters burst in on a society wedding, not even wearing masks, and threaten everyone with guns is over the top even for a comedy. Not even in the heyday of Al Capone were mobsters that brazen or that stupid.