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Christmas in Connecticut [1945 film]

by Peter Godfrey (Director), Adele Comandini (Screenwriter), Lionel House (Screenwriter)

Other authors: Reginald Gardiner (Actor), Sydney Greenstreet (Actor), Aileen Hamilton (Original story), Dennis Morgan (Actor), S. Z. Sakall (Actor)1 more, Barbara Stanwyck (Actor)

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Christmas in Connecticut (1945)

Barbara Stanwyck – Elizabeth Lane
Dennis Morgan – Jefferson Jones
Sydney Greenstreet – Alexander Yardley
Reginald Gardiner – John Sloan
S. Z. Sakall – Felix Bassenak
Una O’Connor – Norah
Robert Shayne – Dudley Beecham

Screenplay by Lionel Houser and Adele Comandini, based on a story by Aileen Hamilton
Directed by Peter Godfrey

Black and white. 101 min.


Alexander Yardley: What a Christmas! Ha ha ha!

Well, this is certainly a better Christmas movie than Remember the Night (aka “Christmas in Indiana”; incidentally, the only thing both movies share is an uncredited cow as a fine member of the supporting cast). It is not among the immortal classics to come out of the 1940s, but it’s nice, sweet and charming all the way. It is a movie about Christmas and cooking, marriage and romance, hypocrisy in life and the value of publicity, all handled with a light but deft touch. Everybody is over the top and the fun never stops. This is the movie where you can see Barbara Stanwyck famously flipping flapjacks, one on the stove, another on the ceiling, and finally for a change one back in the pan. She begins as a mendacious journalist whose ultimate dream is a mink coat, quite self-centred too (“it’s very important to keep promises, especially to yourself.”), but she ends as a woman in love with somewhat different priorities. It is not all her show, either. The supporting cast is like a string of pearls, each of them precious on its own, but all of them amounting to something much more valuable. The unknown to me but excellent Dennis Morgan as the piano-playing, baby-caring and quite marriageable war hero, the ever-fascinating Sydney Greenstreet as the imperious press tycoon, the English elegance of Reginald Gardiner as the putative husband, and the hilarious S. Z. Sakall with his killer accent and delicious goofiness as the master of chefs-d’oeuvre, can it get any better than that? Last and least (but still important), the production design team must be congratulated for the splendid country house and snowy landscapes (presumably in Connecticut) where the whole thing takes place. ( )
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Godfrey, PeterDirectorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Comandini, AdeleScreenwritermain authorall editionsconfirmed
House, LionelScreenwritermain authorall editionsconfirmed
Gardiner, ReginaldActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Greenstreet, SydneyActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Hamilton, AileenOriginal storysecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Morgan, DennisActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Sakall, S. Z.Actorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Stanwyck, BarbaraActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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A famous food writer lies about living on a farm, raising her children and being a good cook. In reality she is an unmarried New Yorker who can't boil an egg. When her editor says she will spend Christmas with a heroic sailor, her job is on the line.

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