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My Kingdom for a Cook (1943)

Approved | | Comedy, Romance | 27 October 1943 (USA)
Rudyard Morley, an eccentric ambassador from the Court of Saint James, is on a good-will lecture tour of the United States. His English gourmet cook is unable to accompany him, and this ... See full summary »

Director:

Richard Wallace

Writers:

Harold Goldman (screenplay), Andrew Solt (screenplay) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Charles Coburn ... Rudyard Morley
Marguerite Chapman ... Pamela Morley
Bill Carter Bill Carter ... Lt. Mike Scott
Isobel Elsom ... Lucille Scott
Edward Gargan ... Duke
Mary Wickes ... Agnes Willoughby
Almira Sessions ... Hattie
Eddy Waller ... Sam Thornton
Ralph Peters ... Lars 'Pretty Boy' Peterson
Ivan F. Simpson ... Professor Harlow
Reginald Sheffield Reginald Sheffield ... Reuter's English Reporter
Betty Brewer ... Jerry
Melville Cooper ... Angus Sheffield
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Rudyard Morley, an eccentric ambassador from the Court of Saint James, is on a good-will lecture tour of the United States. His English gourmet cook is unable to accompany him, and this upsets him more than a little bit. He hires away a cook of eighteen years service to a New England socialite. This act of diplomatic-rudeness gives rise to several complication which grow more complicated when Morley's daughter begins a romance with the son of the socialite. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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The Dingle of "The More the Merrier" guarantees to give you a TINGLE (original poster) See more »

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Comedy | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 October 1943 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El escritor y la cocinera See more »

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Columbia Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The character and appearance of Rudyard Morley were inspired by George Bernard Shaw, the real-life playwright, critic, and personality. See more »

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Placid Famliy Fodder - Featuring Venerable Charles Coburn
10 January 2007 | by iamthetoppSee all my reviews

The year is 1943, and as Robert Osborne of TCM candidly pointed out prior to the beginning of this movie last night, there were few leading men available for boilerplate cinematic products like this one.

It's not a bad "bad" movie, it is certainly not offensive. There's just nothing working for the movie other than the effortless performance of Charles Coburn.

Charles won an academy award for a movie filmed about the same time (Best supporting actor - The More the Merrier 1943) and appeared in a total of six movies released in '43.

If you happen to be looking for a soft and warm family comedy with Mr. Coburn, I would recommend, one of my overall favorites, The Devil and Miss Jones, or the above mentioned The More the Merrier (both also star the delightful Jean Arthur).

I recommend this movie only for those who don't want to have to think during a movie, are having trouble sleeping, or don't want to be disturbed while doing their crossword puzzle. It's a good "bad" movie.

4/10


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