Christmas in Connecticut

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Overview

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 ...
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Overview

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.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Vintage Oscar -Winning short Star In The Light; Theatrical Trailer
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Although definitely not in the same league as her Ball of Fire or The Lady Eve, Christmas in Connecticut would be worth watching if for no other reason than to see Barbara Stanwyck's attempts at being a "homebody." A unique talent, Stanwyck is in very fine form throughout the film. In less capable hands, the character could come across as sneaky, manipulative, and mean, but Stanwyck somehow makes all of these qualities seem lovable and totally forgivable. She's also sexy -- what more could anyone want? Well, perhaps some of the dialogue could be a bit snappier and some of the plotting a trifle less obvious. But given the fast pace that director Peter Godfrey employs, there's fortunately little time to worry about these defects. Besides, Una O'Connor and S.Z. Sakall add enormously to the fun, and even Dennis Morgan isn't bad. Christmas in Connecticut may not be perfect, but it's slick and lively and never less than entertaining.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/8/2005
  • UPC: 012569677166
  • Original Release: 1945
  • Rating:

  • Source: Warner Home Video
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Full Frame
  • Presentation: Subtitled / B&W / Full Frame / Dubbed
  • Time: 1:41:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 2,825

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Barbara Stanwyck Elisabeth Lane
Dennis Morgan Jefferson Jones
Sydney Greenstreet Alexander Yardley
Reginald Gardiner John Sloan
Robert Shayne Dudley Beecham
Una O'Connor Norah
Frank Jenks Sinkewicz
Joyce Compton Mary Lee
Dick Elliott Judge Crothers
Charles Arnt Mr. Higgenbottom
Betty Alexander Nurse Smith
Arthur Aylesworth Sleigh Driver
Walter S. Baldwin Potter
Marie Blake Mrs. Wright
Lillian Bronson Prim Secretary
Douglas Carter Postman
John Dehner Second State Trooper
Allen Fox Postman
Jo Gilbert Mrs. Gerseg
Olaf Hytten Elkins
Fred Kelsey Harper
Pat Lane Reporter
Robert Machray
Charles Marsh Reporter
Jack Mower First State Trooper
John O'Connor Delivery Man
S.Z. Sakall Felix Bassenak
Charles Sherlock Bartender
Emmett E. Smith Sam
Technical Credits
Peter Godfrey Director
Milo Anderson Costumes/Costume Designer
Everett A. Brown Sound/Sound Designer
Adele Comandini Screenwriter
Stanley Fleischer Art Director
Leo F. Forbstein Musical Direction/Supervision
Carl Guthrie Cinematographer
Aileen Hamilton Original Story
Edith Head Costumes/Costume Designer
Frederick Hollander Score Composer
Lionel Houser Screenwriter
William Jacobs Producer
Frank Magee Editor
Wayne Massarelli Makeup
Casey Roberts Set Decoration/Design
Perc Westmore Makeup
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Christmas in Connecticut
1. Credits [1:08]
2. In the Mood for food [4:53]
3. Working the old magoo [3:43]
4. In a little trouble [3:29]
5. Mink and breakfast [2:58]
6. In a little trouble [4:06]
7. Her holiday guests [3:03]
8. Instant spouse and farm [5:32]
9. Attending to details [4:12]
10. Here comes the...sailor [5:14]
11. Bath time [4:10]
12. Yardley arrives [3:52]
13. Short cut [1:34]
14. Circulation boosts [3:51]
15. Wedding in waiting [4:25]
16. Moonlight snow and a cow [6:03]
17. Goodnight, John [2:40]
18. Changing the baby [2:08]
19. No time to take inventory [2:40]
20. Flip me just one [3:34]
21. Invitation to dance [4:33]
22. Sleigh ride [4:25]
23. Bye bye baby [2:29]
24. Blatant immortality [3:56]
25. That settles it [4:19]
26. Great fixer [4:56]
27. What a wife.... and a Christmas [3:13]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Christmas in Connecticut
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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 24, 2003

    A must see for all

    One of the best Christmas movies i have ever seen in my life spand so far...It's a family movie.....

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Christmas in Connecticut- A Classic in Any Season

    The writing, dialog, and direction flow with humor. Stanwyck can be
    brutal with Gardiner, but he stoically endures to no avail. After seeing
    this old chestnut, friends and family have practiced flipping pancakes
    for fun.
    Christmas in Connecticut is a joy and I'm glad it has not been colorized.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Superb!

    I saw this oiginal Christmas in Connecticut movie after I had seen the 1992 made for television remake and I liked the remake and if it hadn't been for the remake I would never have even known about the original version. This original black and white movie is superb and very charming and cute! I have both original and remake on DVD and I enjoy them both!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Only The Original Will Do!

    This is one of my favorite Christmas movies. I watch this one all year. It is everything the remake is not--Thank Goodness. Very well cast all around. Barbara Stanwyck shines.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 9, 2003

    One of My Most Favorite Goofy Movies

    This is such a hokey movie I am almost ashamed to say how much I like it. I seek it out on the tube every Christmas and roll around on the floor laughing. It is a true farce, with constant situations and emergencies. From Barbara's lack of cooking prowess, which is covered in various ways, to the baby she is supposed to have which changes shape, eye color and gender as different neighbor ladies volunteer their offspring--this is one loony movie. The main actors have a lot of charm, which doesn't hurt at all.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 19, 2002

    A Glorious Film!

    Many people around today have never seen the original ''Christmas in Connecticut'', and boy, do they need to! Growing up I didn't want to watch anything that wasn't in color, and this is the movie that broke me of that terrible habit - it's just plain fun!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 25, 2002

    Greenstreet and Sakall Make the Movie

    These fabulous actors (you may remember them from ''Casablanca'') absolutely rescue a mediocre script, giving it life that not even the solid preformance from Stanwyck would have been able to salvage on her own. I place it in my holiday top 10 films.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 3, 2002

    Yeah it's hokey, but it's still classic

    It'll never rate with Gone With the Wind or Sunset Blvd, but there's something about this film that's perfect for the holidays. The comedy is subtle and not sophmoric, and has that ''squeak by the censors'' quality that radiates in WWII era films. Barbara Stanwyck's timing is right on and she's absolutely hilarious in this film.

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