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Movie Spotlight-“Christmas In Connecticut”

“Christmas in Connecticut” was released in 1945.  It stars Barbara Stanwyck, Dennis Morgan, Sydney Greenstreet, and Reginald Gardiner.

 

This is about 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.

 

To read my review click here.   I want to warn you this blog entry contains spoilers.

 

This movie is a true classic.  It’s an annual must-see in my house.  If you haven’t seen it, you really should give it a try.

 

One main character is Elizabeth Lane.  She writes for a magazine about her husband, her baby, the beautiful farm she lives on, and recipes for her amazing food.  Small problem, she’s single, lives in an apartment, and can’t cook.

 

Elizabeth is surrounded by characters.  The funniest is Felix.  He gives her the recipes and is a cherished friend.  The other main one is John Sloan who loves her and wants to marry her even though the feelings aren’t mutual.

 

Another main character is Jefferson Jones.  He was stranded at sea with a shipmate in a lifeboat during the war.  Because he went without food for so long he was stuck in the hospital.  His shipmate convinced him that if he feigned interest in his nurse he’d get better food.  It worked, but as he healed he started pulling back.

 

The nurse, who is actually working towards her Mrs. degree,  realizes his reluctance to commit.  She reaches out to Alexander Yardley, publisher of Elizabeth Lane’s magazine to show Jefferson a true home Christmas so he’d commit. 

 

Yardley demands she have Jefferson at her home and announces he’s coming also.  She tries to dissuade him but he won’t stop talking long enough to hear her.

 

She meets with Sloan, her editor, and Felix and they decide the only solution is for her to marry Sloan, the boring architect, and live on his farm.

 

A series of comedic adventures, including the borrowed babies, ensues with the whole crew at the farm.

 

Elizabeth very quickly realizes that Jefferson is everything that Sloan isn’t.  The problem is Jefferson thinks Elizabeth and Sloan are married and Elizabeth thinks Jefferson is engaged to the nurse.

 

I won’t ruin the ending.  It’s to good to watch as part of the movie.

 

I love this love story.  It’s got amazing characters and Elizabeth and Jefferson have very witty banter.  The combination of romance and humor make it a delight.

 

 

I'd love to hear your thoughts on the movie.  Happy Viewing!

 

 

 

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