Sunday, December 25, 2011
Christmas in Connecticut (1945)
Starring Barbara Stanwyck, Dennis Morgan, Sydney Greenstreet, S.Z. Sakall, Reginald Gardiner, and Dick Elliott. Directed by Peter Godfrey. Desperate for some real food, the survivor of a U-boat sinking pretends to be in love with his nurse, and it works. In fact, it works so well that she is prepared to marry him. As a way of escaping her attention, the soldier tells her that he's never really known what a real home is like. Determined to see the engagement through, the nurse reads an article in a housekeeping magazine by Elizabeth Lane, who writes about her life on a Connecticut farm with her husband and baby. She is a model of domesticity — a gourmet cook admired by housewives across the country. Mary decides to write to the publishing magnate, Alexander Yardley, asking if her fiance can spend Christmas on Mrs. Lane's Connecticut farm, and Mr. Yardley, sensing a public relations boon, supports the idea wholeheartedly. There is only one problem with the idea: Elizabeth Lane is not what she appears to be. In reality, she lives in a small apartment in New York City, is unmarried, and cannot cook.