Imagine, you meet a man on a park bench and within less than five minutes, you invite him to pose as your husband. You say, only in a movie? Well, you’re right. No one in their right mind would do that, but in If Only You Could Cook, the man on the bench is Herbert Marshall and the woman inviting him is Jean Arthur. The funny thing too is that Jean Arthur thinks he’s poor. Somehow she doesn’t notice that he’s wearing an impeccably well tailored and pressed suit (see below). Perhaps she’s too busy looking for a job. If she doesn’t notice that, it makes you wonder if she also wouldn’t notice that he’s a serial killer! Actually, since he’s Herbert Marshall, he’s a CEO of a car company.
As you know, I was upset by One Night in Lisbon because Billie Burke disappeared halfway through the picture–I know, outrageous–, but we get lots of BIllie in We’re Rich Again, and she’s worth every second. Here’s her introduction to a gorgeous swimmer:
The whole movie turns everything upside-down. Billie and her husband are no longer rich, they have no money even for dinner, but they fill their swimming pool. Their oldest daughter is getting married and she mopes around reading a book–my kind of girl. The Grandmother plays polo with her own gang of young men. And no one does anything about the fact that they have no money until the two-faced country cousin arrives. It’s all wackadoodle like a screwball comedy with Billie Burke should be.
Again you can catch it free on youtube.