Dienstag, 6. Dezember 2011

Christmas In Connecticut is my favorite Christmas movie of all time

If I had to choose one Christmas movie to watch during the holidays I would probably choose Christmas In Connecticut (1945). I know there have been countless blogs and posts written about this classic so I won't add another review of this by now familiar tale. Suffice to say, this film works because of just two little words: Barbara Stanwyck. She is positively amazing as columnist Elizabeth Lane, viewed today as the Martha Stewart of her day. Except for the fact that Ms. Lane's description of herself and her abilities is all lies. She can't cook, doesn't know a thing about decorating or antiques, and definitely does not live the family life on a farm in Connecticut as she has told all her loyal readers. Needless to say her lack of skills will be tested when her publisher puts her on the spot to cook a family Christmas dinner for a wounded returning soldier (Dennis Morgan). I simply think this is one of the best of the Christmas films from yesteryear. And when you think about it, the film really is not about Christmas per se, but it's story just happens to take place during  Christmas. That won't stop anyone from enjoying this film though. But you will find hearty laughs and a nice comfort feeling while watching this film.

As I stated before Barbara Stanwyck is definitely the star of this movie and she carries it like a seasoned professional. Her comic timing, which was not used nearly enough in her stellar career, is perfection. She looks absolutely stunning and plays off her fellow co-stars with ease. Delivering some of the best lines with that sly twinkle in her eyes. One of the scenes I love is when the owner of the magazine requests that she do her sensational high pancake flip that she is famous for. Of course Elizabeth has never tossed a pancake in her life, so the look of her face as she steps up to the stove and grabs the pan to flip the pancake looks like a person marching to the electric chair. I recommend Christmas In Connecticut as a perfect movie to view with friends and family over the holiday. You won't regret it.

Merry Christmas Everyone!

Thank our lucky stars




  1. Nice post, Monty! This is also one of my favorite Christmas movies; I like it better each time I watch it. Stanny is absolutely stunning, as you noted, and the whole cast is wonderful. I also especially like Sydney Greenstreet here.

  2. Oh, I love this one too. It's not my absolute fave (that's It's a Wonderful Life), but I totally love and 5 star this adorable film.

    And, I agree with you, Barbara Stanwyck is the magic element here. She's wonderful...as she nearly always was.

    Oh, Cuddles is a scream..."is it time to flip flop the flop flips"...or something like that!