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Christmas in Connecticut (1945) (DVD)
This is a holiday film that plays 365 days of the year. Barbara Stanwyck gives a brilliant, sardonic performance as Elizabeth Lane, a columnist for Smart Housekeeping magazine, whose enticing descriptions of the exquisite meals she prepares for her husband and baby on their bucolic Connecticut farm earns her fame as "America's Best Cook." A writer, she is; a cook, she is not. As she types the words, "From my living room window, as I write, the good cedar logs cracking on the fire..." the view is of clothes flapping on the line outside her bachelorette Manhattan apartment. An able supporting cast keeps her lie on life support: her editor, her stuffy and detestable architect suitor, and the wonderful "Uncle" Felix (S.Z. Sakall), an English-garbling Hungarian chef who provides the recipes that fill her column.
Cut to Jefferson Jones, a sailor adrift at sea for weeks after his destroyer is torpedoed. Memories of the food described in Lane's columns are central to his survival. After his rescue, as he's recuperating in a naval hospital, a marriage-minded nurse thinks she might nudge Jones to the altar if he could only experience a real domestic Christmas. And it just so happens that she was nurse to the grandchild of Alexander Yardley, the wealthy and powerful publisher of --you guessed it--Smart Housekeeping magazine. And so, she pens the letter that could unravel Lane's carefully constructed fraud. She writes to Yardley asking that Jones be included in America's ultimate Christmas--the one to be held at the Lane family farm in Connecticut. The pompous Yardley (ably portrayed by Sidney Greenstreet) believes the Lane myth and instantly sniffs a story that will send his magazine's circulation skyrocketing. And staring down a lonely holiday, he decides to join the Lanes for Christmas on the farm, too. Now, all Lane has to do is come up with a farm. And a husband. And let's not forget the baby. Christmas in Connecticut is classic screwball entertainment of the best kind, with its on-target skewering of social convention and house-of- cards-about-to-tumble tension: a perfect farcical vision of domestic blitz. --Susan Benson --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
I love this movie, excellent Christmas time favorite. There's really no point in telling the movie because everyone knows it!Published 6 months ago by Joeen Melchiorre
Cela doit être la quatrième fois en peu de temps que j'ai cette désagréable surprise. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Luc Bautmans
Terrible. Not worth the money. Supposed to be a classic? It's not funny, the characters are shallow, and it's badly acted. Glad I didn't pay much for it... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Christmas Nut
I love watching the old black and white movies at Christmas, and this is one of my favourite ones to seePublished 23 months ago by JoAnne Drouillard
I love this movie, and for some reason had never seen it before. Barbara Stanwyck plays a great role in this -- I didn't realize she was so funny.Published on April 29 2013 by JB
This feature film is the type of movie that puts a smile on my face. It is one of my favorite Christmas movie that I watch in the last two weeks prior to Christmas day. Read morePublished on Dec 14 2010 by SlyFox
The ORIGINAL "Christmas in Connecticut" is one of my favourite romantic comedies of all time, not just one of my favourite Christmas flicks. Read morePublished on Aug. 30 2004 by coopermom27