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Friday, December 23, 2016

Christmas In Connecticut (1945)

The publisher (Sydney Greenstreet) of a woman's magazine insists that the magazine's food writer (Barbara Stanwyck) who writes about her recipes, her Connecticut farm, her husband and baby entertain a war hero (Dennis Morgan) and himself for Christmas. The only problem is ..... she can't cook, she doesn't live on a farm, she's not married and doesn't have a baby! Can she carry off this charade without being discovered? Directed by Peter Godfrey, unlike most Christmas movies, this is a charming Christmas screwball comedy with no treacly sentiment. Stanwyck is, of course, a wonderful comedienne but one wishes she had a stronger leading man than the stalwart Dennis Morgan. The supporting cast picks up the slack what with S.Z. Sakall and Una O'Connor on hand to do their specialties as well as Greenstreet.  It would make a good double bill with Stanwyck's other Christmas movie, REMEMBER THE NIGHT. With Reginald Gardiner, Joyce Compton and Robert Shayne. Remade for television in 1992 with Dyan Cannon and Kris Kristofferson.

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