if you could only cook
the year: 1935
the genre: comedy
the cast: Herbert Marshall (Jim Buchanan/Jim Burns); Jean Arthur (Joan Hawthorne); Leo Carrillo (Mike Rossini); Lionel Stander (Flash)
the plot: Jim Buchanan, wealthy president of Buchanan Motor Company, is engaged to a henpecking aristocrat who is interested in him only for his money. When Jim's fellow executives reject his plan to introduce a new automobile design, he decides to take a vacation. Declaring himself "sick and tired of everything", Jim goes for a walk in the park, where he meets a young woman named Joan Hawthorne. Joan is having trouble finding a job, and was recently evicted from her apartment. Assuming he is also a job hunter, she asks Jim to pose as her husband so they can apply for a combined job opening for a butler and a cook. Without revealing his true identity, he agrees. When they get the job at mobman/bootlegger Mike Rossini’s place, things really take off.
check out: Flash. He’s a quick one!
don’t miss: Jim’s butle lessons from Jennings.
count: how many of Rossini’s mobsters ride to the rescue.
listen for: “Do you think I'm out of my mind?” “I'm hoping for the best sir!”
also listen for: “Yer cook is in the jug. J-A-I-L – jug!”