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Saturday, December 02, 2006

Christmas in Connecticut (1945)

A delightful holiday comedy. It starts out with Jefferson Jones and his buddy stranded on a rubber boat after their ship was bombed by the Germans. As he recovers in the hospital his nurse, Mary Lee, begins to fall in love with him. What she does not know is that he is only trying to get on her good side so he can get better meals. When Ann learns that Jefferson has never had a real home she writes to Alexander Yardley, the editor of one of the country's most popular magazines and the grandfather of one of her patients, and asks for his help. Yardley decides that Jones needs to spend Christmas with Elizabeth Lane, his most popular columnist, a domestic goddess. Yardley thinks her cooking and Christmas on her farm with her husband and child will be just what Jones needs. The only problem is that Elizabeth is single, can not cook and lives in an apartment in New York. However, she needs to pretend or she and her editor will both be fired. When Jefferson arrives at her boyfriend's farm she has another problem, she starts to fall in love with him. Now she is torn between her job and her heart.

This is a wonderful movie. Barbara Stanwyck is wonderful as Elizabeth Lane. While she normally took serious roles she shines in the comedic moments of this film. Dennis Morgan and Sydney Greenstreet are also wonderful as Jefferson Jones and Alexander Yardley. This is a movie I can see myself watching every year at Christmas just like It's a Wonderful Life and Christmas Vacation. There was a made for TV remake done in 1992 starring Dyan Cannon, Kris Kristofferson and Tony Curtis that was directed by none other than Arnold Schwarzenegger.



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