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Christmas in Connecticut (1945)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Romance | 11 August 1945 (USA)
A food writer who has lied about being the perfect housewife must try to cover her deception when her boss and a returning war hero invite themselves to her home for a traditional family Christmas.

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Journalist Elizabeth Lane is one of the country's most famous food writers. In her columns, she describes herself as a hard working farm woman, taking care of her children and being an excellent cook. But this is all lies. In reality she is an unmarried New Yorker who can't even boil an egg. The recipes come from her good friend Felix. The owner of the magazine she works for has decided that a heroic sailor will spend his Christmas on *her* farm. Miss Lane knows that her career is over if the truth comes out, but what can she do? Written by Mattias Thuresson

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This film marks the first of three film collaborations involving director Peter Godfrey and Barbara Stanwyck, the subsequent films being The Two Mrs. Carrolls (1947) and Cry Wolf (1947). The two developed a strong and lasting friendship while making these films. See more »

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The events at the farm take place on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and the day after Christmas, but the gifts under the tree can be seen sitting there unopened the entire time. See more »

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Elizabeth Lane: Don't you come near me, you seawolf, after the way you deceived me...
Jefferson Jones: I deceived you?
Elizabeth Lane: Yes! You're engaged!
Jefferson Jones: You're married!
Elizabeth Lane: That has nothing to do with it!
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Followed by Armchair Theatre: Roast Goose and Walnut Stuffing (1959) See more »

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Bridal Chorus
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from "Lohengrin"
Music by Richard Wagner
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Pleasing holiday comedy thanks to splendid cast...
6 November 2001 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

Anyone who has watched the recent remake of 'Christmas in Connecticut' will fully appreciate just how wonderful the slim story was in the hands of Barbara Stanwyck, Dennis Morgan and Sydney Greenstreet. No masterpiece, but so much better than the weak remake. The whole film revolves around the mistaken belief by editor Greenstreet that Stanwyck (his favorite Martha Stewart-type of writer) is a homemaker with a house, husband and baby in the country. This, of course, means that the inventive woman has to enlist the aid of others to play out her scheme when Greenstreet invites himself and a ship-wrecked sailor (Dennis Morgan) for the holiday week-end.

The slight comedy develops a few complications along the way--and it all looks very holidayish with the lovely country home in Connecticut--which, thanks to Warner Bros. art decoration, looks like something from a magazine cover. Stanwyck's forte is really heavy drama but here she displays a light enough touch to make her scenes with Morgan and Greenstreet delightful to watch. She gets great support from Una O'Connor, S.Z. Sakall and Reginald Gardiner under Peter Godfrey's light-hearted direction.

It's as unpretentious a confection as a child's homemade Christmas card and just as charming--light and fluffy entertainment that makes no great demands on your viewing pleasure. Worth viewing, especially around the holidays.


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