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Holiday Affair (1949)

Approved | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 24 December 1949 (USA)
The Christmas-season romance of a young widow and a sales clerk who (thanks to her) is unemployed.



(screenplay), (story "Christmas Gift")

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Complete credited cast:
Gordon Gebert ...
Mr. Ennis
Police Lieutenant (as Henry Morgan)
Helen Brown ...


Just before Christmas, department store clerk Steve Mason meets big spending customer Connie Ennis, really a commercial spy. He unmasks her but lets her go, which gets him fired. They end up on a date, which doesn't sit well with Connie's steady suitor, Carl, but delights her son Timmy, who doesn't want Carl for a step-dad. Standard (if sweet) romantic complications follow. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Baby, you're just what I want for Christmas See more »


Comedy | Drama | Romance


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Release Date:

24 December 1949 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Christmas Gift  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Lionel introduced the streamlined F-3 diesel locomotive in 1949 in both Santa Fe and New York Central markings. However, they did not offer the streamlined aluminum passenger cars to go with them until 1952. The toy train in the movie uses the old-style "Madison" cars, a holdover from their prewar line. See more »


When Timmy opens the box containing the train set his mother buys, he quickly re-wraps the box leaving a small amount of the tissue paper hanging on the outside of the box. In the next scene, the paper is not hanging outside the box. See more »


Steve Mason: Carl isn't the real threat to me. Maybe I'm not to him. This isn't two fellows and a girl, you know. This is two fellows, a girl and her husband. I can't fight a shadow - I tried - competition's too tough. You were even going to play it safe and settle for someone you didn't love so you wouldn't be unfaithful to your husband.
Connie Ennis: Oh, you're always so wrong about me. I have a wonderful memory of a husband and a marriage. You're trying to take it away from me.
Steve Mason: Nobody wants to do that. I know. I'm ...
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A must movie for the holidays.
22 July 2002 | by (Philadelphia) – See all my reviews

Christmas is six months away from now, but I felt to comment on this film now. Holiday Affair is one of the best holiday films out there. Janet Leigh and Robert Mitchum are perfect as the widow and unemployed store clerk, plus the boy who plays Leigh's son performance in the picture is excellent. This film shows the true spirit of Christmas during the holidays. A film not to pass up during any time of the year especially on Christmas.

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