If You Could Only Cook (1935)
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Sweet comedy with Herbert Marshall and Jean Arthur an unlikely but potent pair. It is light as air but a saucy souffle.
Delightful screwball comedy, surprisingly it is not very well known but it should be. Jean Arthur is wonderful, Herbert Marshall excels in an offbeat role for him. The supporting cast is excellent, especially Lionel Stander, but Leo Carillo is terrific as well, Funny, fast paced and very entertaining. Good screenplay, fine costume design. Light and fun.
I have been enjoying a round of viewing 2nd tier screwball comedies lately from the mid 30s. Its hard to evaluate them sometimes, as I simply enjoy the genre and the cast and inevitably look past the lesser aspects. I have noticed a pattern though which this film continues. At this point the writers/directors really just didn't know how to end them. This is another case of pulling out all stops at the end and going off the rails a bit. It doesn't make for a tight film, and it tends to simplify the characters further into caricatures. That said there is a certain charm to anything goes spirit that allows for the prospect that Herbert Marshall may actually be "rubbed out" by "well meaning" gangsters - it's different. All and all a cute and simple story that give short shrift to most of the ideas laid out.
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