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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.

Director:

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 »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

11 August 1945 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Christmas in Connecticut See more »

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Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This was one of the first films to benefit from the "post-war euphoria" that gripped America in 1945. Despite being released in August (rather than a more logical holiday-time release) this grossed a then impressive $3 million, making it one of the year's most successful movies. See more »

Goofs

During the square dance, right after the announcer says to do the "star" formation, Yardley accidentally strikes a female dancer in the face with his hand (neck and chin area) while struggling to turn his big body around. The lady is momentarily knocked backward in a whiplash motion but maintains her poise and smile throughout. See more »

Quotes

Elizabeth Lane: [Jefferson Jones arrives in the middle of Liz and John's wedding] Oh no, John! It's the sailor! He's two hours early! What'll I do!
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Connections

Featured in A Hollywood Christmas (1996) 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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Classic Holiday Movie!
27 April 2004 | by mrcaw1See all my reviews

Christmas in Connecticut (1945 - Directed by Peter Godfrey) Barbara Stanwyck stars as a well-known magazine food writer who has been lying to her millions of fans that she is married with child and lives the traditional wife/mother role in a lovely country farm house. Magazine editor Sydney Greenstreet decides that Stanwyck should host returning war veteran Dennis Morgan at her country house over the Christmas holidays! Yikes! What's Stanwyck to do? Why marry her long time suitor, architect John Sloan, (who just happens to have the perfect country house in Connecticut) in a hurry and high tail it out to Connecticut faster than you can say "I do" before the boss finds out and she loses her job and becomes the laughing stock of the country.

This is a charming and lightly played holiday tale that allows Stanwyck to turn in one of her best comedic roles. The movie has all the ingredients for a holiday classic: a farm in the country, lots of snow, mishaps and miscommunications to keep everyone guessing as to how the whole thing will turn out in the end. Of course, Stanwyck never does marry her architect friend and instead falls head over heels with the war hero.

It's one of the lesser known holiday movies, but year by year, is getting more and more attention. If you don't go for the heavily sweet holiday fare, this is just what the doctor ordered.


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