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Christmas in Connecticut (2005)

Barbara Stanwyck , Sydney Greenstreet , Peter Godfrey  |  NR |  DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (513 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Barbara Stanwyck, Sydney Greenstreet, Reginald Gardiner, Dennis Morgan, S.z. Sakall
  • Directors: Peter Godfrey
  • Producers: William Jacobs, Lionel Houser, Adele Commandini
  • Format: Black & White, Closed-captioned, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 1.0), French (Dolby Digital 1.0)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: November 8, 2005
  • Run Time: 101 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (513 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000B5XOZC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #20,262 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Christmas in Connecticut" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Vintage Oscar-winning short: "Star in the Night"
  • Theatrical trailer

Editorial Reviews

Journalist Elizabeth Lane is one of the country's most famous food writer. In her columns, she describes herself as a hard working farm woman, taking care of her children and being an excellent cook. But this is all lies. In reality she is an umarried New Yorker who can't even boil an egg. The recipes come from her good friend Felix. The owner of the magazine she works for has decided that a heroic sailor will spend his christmas on *her* farm. Miss Lane knows that her career is over if the truth comes out, but what can she do?

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170 of 176 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Christmas classic to enjoy year after year December 11, 2002
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"Christmas In Connecticut" is my all-time favourite Christmas movie with just the right combination of humour, sentiment, beautiful settings, and terrific performers. I play this film every year during the week leading up to Christmas and the season would not be complete with its wonderful presence in my home.
Being a huge Barbara Stanwyck fan I would have loved this film anyway however in "Christmas In Connecticut" Barbara has never been more winning than as Elizabeth Lane, the know it all columnist for "Smart Housekeeping" magazine in New York who always, (in her reader's minds at least) can wip up the most exquisite culinary masterpieces for any occasion. Barbara was always a very honest actress and brought conviction and feeling to any role she tackled whether it be a devoted mother or a murderess. Here the focus is on comedy as the film tells the very funny story of how after winning country wide fame as the icon of "Smart Housekeeping" her deception starts to unravel as the Christmas season approaches when her publisher Alexander Yardley (a superb Sydney Greenstreet) decides he wants to boost circulation by inviting a returning war veteran to spend Christmas with Elizabeth and her family on her beautiful farm in Connecticut. The only problem here is that Elizabeth has made up everything about her supposedly ideal life, from having a husband, a child, owning a farm in the country and worst of all even being able to cook! What follows is a highly amusing tale as Elizabeth tries to avoid having her deception uncovered. Yardley with more dollars flashing in his eyes however is not easily put off and demands that the war veteran Jefferson Jones (Dennis Morgan) share in an ideal American Christmas on the farm with Elizabeth and her "family".
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41 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stanwyck at her best! November 26, 1999
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Christmas in Connecticut is a romantic comedy all of you classic movie buffs will enjoy. It centers around a single working girl (Barbara Stanwyck) who writes a cooking column for a ladies magazine. Her writing is so convincing that her boss (Sidney Greenstreet) believes it all--husband, baby, and farm in Connecticut! So he arranges to have a sailor and himself invited to spend Christmas "on her perfect farm." What to do? Here she is, a gal who can "only cook on the typewriter." Well, bring along Uncle Felix to do the cooking. All goes well until she is asked to flip a flapjack. Did she do it? Well, wait and see. This movie is full of fun and romance (the old-fashioned kind). It's a holiday treat for young and old alike.
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not On DVD???...CAT-A-STROPH! August 20, 2005
"Christmas In Connecticut": You've already read the Amazon reviews, written in 1000 words or less, so I won't rehash the previous rehash. "Christmas In Connecticut" is 5-Star all the way. Here's why:

1) The fashions, the cars, the war bonds drive, the music, the furniture...is there anything in this film that doesn't scream 1945?

2) There are more classic (and perfectly understated) one-liners than any other Christmas comedy of the era.

3) The supporting cast includes many of your favorite 1940s character actors.

4) Barbara Stanwyck!

5) It snows at all the right moments.

This is the perfect Christmas movie to watch while lounging on the Lazy Boy (the chair - not your husband) with the gift Aunt Martha sent you: the family-size can filled with carmel popcorn, cheddar cheese popcorn, and the mystery flavor you can't quite identify.
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60 of 66 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Warm And Charming December 20, 2000
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From the perspective of the hectic, contemporary world in which we live, the so called "good old days" always seen so much more serene and innocent; an idyllic era gone by of which we have only memories and shadows that linger on the silver screen, as with "Christmas In Connecticut," a warm and endearing film directed by Peter Godfrey. Barbara Stanwyck stars as Elizabeth Lane, a popular "Martha Stewart" type magazine columnist who writes about life on her beloved farm in Connecticut, always with the latest recipe at the center of the story. One of her biggest fans is Alexander Yardley, played by Sidney Greenstreet, the publisher of the magazine for which she writes. Yardley has never visited her farm, and in response to an idea expressed to him in a letter from a nurse, Mary (Joyce Compton), he decides to spend an old fashioned Christmas with Elizabeth, her husband and child and, as a special guest, a certain Mr. Jefferson Jones (Dennis Morgan), a sailor just recovered from spending fifteen days at sea on a raft after his ship was torpedoed. Elizabeth of course cannot refuse her boss, but there are problems; not the least of which is the fact that she has no farm and writes her column from the comfort of a high-rise in the city. It makes for a precarious situation for her as well as her editor, Dudley Beecham (Robert shayne), as the one thing Mr. Yardley demands from his employees is total honesty. What follows is a charming and delightfully romantic comedy that transports the audience back to a seemingly more simple time and place, to share a Christmas Past where a warm hearth, good food and kindness prevail. Read more ›
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Pristine
This is one of my all time favorite Christmas movies!
Glad I could add this to my collection!
Merry Christmas...Thank You!
Published 15 hours ago by Judy Schomaker
5.0 out of 5 stars Great fun!
This movie was full of energy, clever, and fun to watch. I especially loved the bonus video on the DVD!
Published 2 days ago by Jacque Schaller
5.0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful movie
Loved it for years Very Cute movie and you learn a few things to know Just loved Barbara in this one She's made EVERY Movie a Great One to always want to watch.
Published 10 days ago by gary p hussar
5.0 out of 5 stars Christmas cheer
This is just a fun and wonderful movie. Some different but predictable twists. Is part of our Christmas tradition after the meal is done and gifts are given. Such fun to watch.
Published 15 days ago by Lauren
4.0 out of 5 stars Old Fashion Christmas
Lots of old fashion humor. No violence. No blood. No car crashes. No nudity. Filmed in glorious black and white.
Published 25 days ago by Ed Possner
5.0 out of 5 stars Great family movie
One of my favorite movies EVER and my very favorite Christmas movie. The cast is superb and they all seem to be having a good time. Read more
Published 28 days ago by Leahna Hoxie
5.0 out of 5 stars I finally found it.
For some reason, I love this movie. It's like a cult favorite for me, and they never show it on TV. I think it's way better than White Christmas.
Published 29 days ago by Celenia Pendygraft
4.0 out of 5 stars A fun little holiday movie
I also purchased the newer version with Dyan Cannon and Kris Kristofferson and I think I liked this version a little more. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Sweden Fan
4.0 out of 5 stars Christmas in Connecticut
Enjoyed the movie. Good entertainment. Yes I would recommend it to my friends. A good picture to watch over the holidays.
Published 1 month ago by Shirley
5.0 out of 5 stars review
This is a harlarious movie, the actors and actresses perform a good holiday watching show. Tons of laughs.Its something different for the Christmas season.
Published 1 month ago by Cougar
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