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.


Peter Godfrey


Lionel Houser (screenplay), Adele Comandini (screenplay) (as Adele Commandini) | 1 more credit »





Complete credited cast:
Barbara Stanwyck ... Elizabeth Lane
Dennis Morgan ... Jefferson Jones
Sydney Greenstreet ... Alexander Yardley
Reginald Gardiner ... John Sloan
S.Z. Sakall ... Felix Bassenak
Robert Shayne ... Dudley Beecham
Una O'Connor ... Norah
Frank Jenks ... Sinkewicz
Joyce Compton ... Mary Lee
Dick Elliott ... Judge Crowthers


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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


It's the fun show that's the one show to see! (original ad) See more »


Comedy | Romance


Not Rated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »

Did You Know?


Just before this film, Barbara Stanwyck had starred in Billy Wilder's Double Indemnity (1944), in which she played a seductress who lures a man into helping murder her husband. The clothes for that film were created by Paramount's resident designer Edith Head, and Stanwyck was so impressed with how attractive Head's outfits made her look in that film that she insisted Warners hire Head to design her gowns for this film as well. See more »


During the square dance, while everyone is reeling through the different partners, John Sloane executes a fancy leaping step as he takes Liz's arm and she stumbles as she tries not to laugh at his antics. See more »


[repeated line]
Felix Bassenak: Catastroph!
See more »

Alternate Versions

Also available in a computer colorized version. See more »


Referenced in Hollywood Wonderland (1947) See more »


She Broke My Heart in Three Places
Written by Al Hoffman, Jerry Livingston and Milton Drake
Played when the nurse is reading the magazine to Jeff
See more »

User Reviews

The Moonlight and the Snow…and the Cow
9 December 2012 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

The destroyer of Jefferson Jones (Dennis Morgan) and his partner Sinkewicz (Frank Jenks) is sunk by the Germans and they float adrift in a raft for eighteen days. When they are rescued, they are sent to a hospital and Jefferson has to follow a stringent diet imposed by the doctors. He seduces his nurse expecting to get solid food and she decides to write to Alexander Yardley (Sydney Greenstreet), who is the owner of the Smart Housekeeping magazine where the famous journalist Elizabeth Lane (Barbara Stanwyck) writes a column about recipes and food, asking him to allow Jefferson to spend Christmas with Elizabeth and her family in her farm in Connecticut. The prepotent Yardley sees the chance of free promotion of his magazine and forces Elizabeth to invite the hero Jones.

However, Elizabeth is single, does not have a baby and lives alone in a small apartment in New York and she made-up a perfect married life for her fans. Further, she does not how to cook and the recipes belong to her Hungarian friend Felix Bassenak (S.Z. Sakall), who owns a restaurant in New York. The architect John Sloan (Reginald Gardiner), who has been wooing Elizabeth for a long, proposes to marry her in his farm in Connecticut and she brings Felix with her to help to proceed the farce. The things get complicated when Yardley also decides to spend Christmas with Elizabeth while she falls in love with Jones.

"Christmas in Connecticut" is a delightful and witty comedy of errors about a famous food writer that makes up a fictitious life and has guests to her world. I have just bought this DVD and it was the perfect entertainment for a rainy Sunday afternoon, with hilarious situations and wonderful performances. "Christmas in Connecticut" is indeed a must- see for the Christmas period. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): Not Available

13 of 15 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 98 user reviews »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.





English | German

Release Date:

11 August 1945 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Christmas in Connecticut See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See full technical specs »

Contribute to This Page

Recently Viewed