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Christmas in Connecticut (1945)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Romance | 11 August 1945 (USA)
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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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Peter Godfrey

Writers:

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

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
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Storyline

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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Dear Fans, Barbara Stanwyck and Dennis Morgan are spending a very merry "Christmas in Connecticut." The romancin's rosy and the fun's furious and everybody's going to be there! You're invited! Warner Bros. (The happy hosts) (original poster - written in script) See more »

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Comedy | Romance

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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

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Release Date:

11 August 1945 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Christmas in Connecticut See more »

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Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Until 1949 US Navy enlisted rank (rating) was separated by occupational type; Seaman ratings and Artificer ratings. Seaman ratings were worn on the right sleeve and Articifer ratings were worn on the left. Our hero identifies himself as a Quartermaster which is a sea occupation thus properly wearing his rating on his right sleeve. See more »

Goofs

The third pancake that Elizabeth (Barbara Stanwyck) flips is already done, but it comes down uncooked on one side in Felix''s (S.Z. Sakall) hand. See more »

Quotes

Dudley Beecham: Liz, don't waste time with him. You have to decide what you're going to say to the old man.
John Sloan: What old man?
Elizabeth Lane: Oh, it's Yardley. He's sending me a sailor for Christmas.
John Sloan: Oh, how nice... A sailor? Really, Elizabeth!
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Followed by Armchair Theatre: Roast Goose and Walnut Stuffing (1959) See more »

Soundtracks

The Wish That I Wish Tonight
Music by M.K. Jerome
Lyrics by Jack Scholl
Played during the opening credits
Also sung by Dennis Morgan (uncredited)
Played often in the score
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Lightweight But Pleasant Holiday Feature
30 November 2004 | by Snow LeopardSee all my reviews

This lightweight but pleasant holiday feature makes the most out of a pretty slim premise, thanks to a solid cast and some resourceful writing. Not meant to be taken very seriously, it provides easygoing entertainment with some simple but upbeat themes.

Barbara Stanwyck was an interesting choice as the lead, and she makes it work well enough. The premise of Stanwyck's writer character trying to fool everyone and maintain her image is more suited to screwball comedy than to a holiday feature, but the tone is kept light and funny while having just enough of the holiday atmosphere to be believable. The supporting cast helps out, with the likes of "Cuddles" Sakall and Sydney Greenstreet getting some good moments.

This kind of light but worthwhile feature is not as easy as it looks - as witness the string of crass, barely watchable holiday features of recent years. While hardly anything deep or brilliant, "Christmas in Connecticut" holds up well enough to be among the more enjoyable movies of its kind.


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