“All my life I promised myself a mink coat. You know, Felix, it’s very important to keep promises, especially to yourself.” – Elizabeth Lane
As we just have a few more days of December (and 2016) I’ve decided to finish things off with a daily holiday film. Over the next 4 days, I’ll share my must-see last-call holiday films – You simply cannot end the holiday season without seeing them! First up: Christmas in Connecticut.
Christmas in Connecticut is a brilliant holiday film starring Barbara Stanwyck and Dennis Morgan in which a lifestyle magazine writer, who has lied about being the perfect housewife, must try to cover her deception when her boss and a returning war hero invite themselves to her home for a traditional family Christmas. Stanwyck’s character comes across like Martha Stewart in her column, but in reality she’s a single New Yorker, who can’t cook and lives in a one room apartment without even so much as a window sill.
Farm-life shenanigans ensue when, for the sake of her job, she agrees to marry a dull architect who happens to have a farm in Connecticut. The stage is set, complete with a neighbor’s baby to pose as her own, and her good friend and master chef, Felix, by her side to handle the cooking. It seems like she just may pull off the facade, until she falls head over heels for the war hero, Morgan.
I love how this film takes a completely unique turn on the holiday genre. It’s more wacky than warm and fuzzy. More hilarious than heartwarming. #ScrewballComedy. Plus it’s Barbara and can we all just agree right now, that woman is simply the best! She makes the undomestic, working woman of the 1940’s appear cool, when society probably wouldn’t have wanted it that way. I adore everything about her and her performance in this charming film!
If you haven’t seen it, be sure to put this at the top of your “last call holiday film” watchlist!