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Christmas in Connecticut (1945)

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War hero Dennis Morgan becomes the object of a publicity stunt staged by magazine publisher Sidney Greenstreet. The corpulent print mogul announces that Morgan has won a Christmas dinner, to be prepared by the magazine's housekeeping expert Barbara Stanwyck in her own Connecticut home. The catch: Not only does Stanwyck not have a home in Connecticut, but she's never been in a kitchen in her life! She also doesn't have a husband (as her articles claim), so Stanwyck's erstwhile beau Reginald Gardiner is pressed into service as the hubby. As for the cooking, that will be handled by master chef S. Z. "Cuddles" Sakall. This solves everything, right? No way, Jose. Long dismissed as a lesser film farce, Christmas in Connecticut has its own irresistible charm, and has in recent years become a perennial Christmas TV attraction. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

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Cast

Barbara Stanwyck
as Elizabeth Lane
Dennis Morgan
as Jefferson Jones
Sydney Greenstreet
as Alexander Yardley
S.Z. Sakall
as Felix Bassenak
Robert Shayne
as Dudley Beecham
Frank Jenks
as Sinkewicz
Joyce Compton
as Mary Lee
Dick Elliott
as Judge Crothers
Betty Alexander
as Nurse Smith
Allen Fox
as Postman
Lillian Bronson
as Prim Secretary
Arthur Ayleswofth
as Sleigh Driver
Jody Gilbert
as Mrs. Gerseg
Charles Arnt
as Mr. Higgenbottom
Jo Gilbert
as Mrs. Gerseg
Jack Mower
as State Trooper
John Dehner
as State Trooper
Pat Lane
as Reporter
Marie Blake
as Mrs. Wright
Charles Marsh
as Reporter
John O'Connor
as Delivery Man
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Critic Reviews for Christmas in Connecticut

All Critics (16) | Top Critics (3)

Thoroughly moth-eaten.

December 5, 2008 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Peter Godfrey, the director, has a good deal to learn about the art of telling a boudoir joke in the parlor and getting away with it.

March 25, 2006 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Frolicsome in an artificially hearty sort of way.

January 1, 2000 | Full Review…

Barbara Stanwyck uses every acting muscle in her body to redeem this silly holiday romance.

December 25, 2009 | Full Review…

If this mildly amusing screwball comedy about mistaken identity has a conservative slant of glorifying housewives it's due to the zeitgeist: It was made in 1945, at the end of WWII, when men were coming home and women sent back to the kitchen.

January 12, 2008 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

A sometimes hilarious farce and a holiday favorite.

December 4, 2006 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Christmas in Connecticut

"Christmas in Connecticut" is cute and diverting, with a good performance by Stanwyck. Essentially, it's "I Love Lucy" when they moved to Connecticut -- but it's Christmas -- and even more sexist. Completely predictable, but still enjoyable even though you know exactly where the Christmas sleigh is headed.

Christian C
Christian C

Super Reviewer

½

Star power sells this bit of holiday confectionery, with the benefits of studio system style production evident throughout. You'll want to move in by the end of it.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

This romantic comedy is very funny and very sweet, I enjoyed it, and I think you will too. It has an interesting story of lies and getting out of lies and finding love. The actors are great, I loved Stanwyck in this one. This is a fun movie, I recommend it.

Aj V
Aj V

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