Christmas In Connecticut (1945)

Subscribe to Barbara Stanwyck alerts

Facts and Figures

Reviews 3.5 / 5

Cast & Crew

Director: Peter Godfrey


Christmas In Connecticut (1945) Movie Review

If you're only familiar with the Christmas in Connecticut through the awful Arnold Schwarzenegger-directed remake, you owe it to yourself to check out the original, a funny and witty film featuring Barbara Stanwyck in one of her lightest roles on film.

The story is remarkably complex and underhanded for a) a comedy and b) something dreamed up in 1945. Stanwyck is Elizabeth Lane, a newspaper columnist who writes "Smart Housekeeping" full of recipes, homemaking, and parenting tips. Turns out, alas, she's a total fraud: She can't cook, she doesn't have a famous farm in Connecticut, and she isn't even married.

Her boss (who isn't in on all of this) invites himself over for Christmas. As a publicity stunt, he's bringing along a war hero, which will soehow make headlines. Naturally this will lead to all kinds of trouble, as Elizabeth can't change a diaper, has to bring in a helper to cook dinner, and, of course, falls in love with the soldier.

While this movie today would have to contend with Martha Stewart's not-quite-what-she-seems image and the problem of misrepresentation in the media -- something that, I guess, didn't exist in the 1940s -- we get the opportunity to see Stanwyck in a wildly screwball comedy, where mess upon mess is made of what ought to be the simplest things. It's not a terribly satisfying story, as the river of deceptions eventually becomes so distasteful it becomes difficult to have much sympathy for Lane's life -- much less applaud the doubling of her salary by the end of the film.

But it's all in reasonably good fun, and Stanwyck actually overcomes the role's limitations. As her boss, Sidney Greenstreet is particularly memorable too -- even though he wouldn't last a day on The Apprentice.


Subscribe to Barbara Stanwyck alerts


Christmas In Connecticut (1945) Rating

" Good "


More Barbara Stanwyck

A Little Chaos Trailer

In the palace of Versailles, a tremendous garden is maintained. One day, the builder and head gardener sees an ordinary woman arriving at the palace,...

Damien Rice - My Favourite Faded Fantasy Album Review

The solo career of Mr Rice is not one you may realistically describe as that with which you may associate a prolific output. His is...

Backstreet Boys: Show 'Em What You're Made Of Trailer

In the late 90's and early 00's, The Backstreet Boys were the most powerful boy band in the world. After discovering that they had not...

George The Poet - 1,2,1,2 (Dismantle Remix) Video

George The Poet unveils an audio for the Dismantle Remix of his single '1,2,1,2', taken from the tracks Remixes EP. The track has been produced...


Perfume Genius - Too Bright Album Review

Ever since the release of his debut LP 'Learning' back in 2010, Seattle's Perfume Genius has attracted increasing attention both publicly and critically. His piano...

The Boys of St. Paul's Choir School - O Come All Ye Faithful Video

The angelic voices of The Boys of St. Paul's Choir School perform a moving rendition of classic Christmas carol 'O Come All Ye Faithful'.

Jamie Scott - Last Christmas Video

Jamie Scott of London duo GRAFFITI6 performs an acoustic rendition of Wham!'s 1984 festive single 'Last Christmas' in a black and white one-take video. In...

Christina Aguilera Ft. Brian McKnight - Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas Video

In 2000, Christina Aguilera recorded a collection of some of her favourite Christmas songs and the sessions resulted in the album 'My Kind of Christmas',...