Christmas in Connecticut (1945)

If you think THIS movie sounds exciting, wait til you see the sequel I’m making called Flag Day in Wisconsin.

 

First, the question on everyone’s mind: “Is this film as good as the 1992 made-for-TV remake directed by Arnold Schwarzenegger?”

Answer: No idea, but there’s a strong possibility both versions are better than Jingle All the Way.

I wouldn’t call this my favorite Christmas movie (only one movie is worthy of that coveted title) but Christmas in Connecticut will definitely make your Christmas more merry.

And don’t let that exhilarating title fool you, because this movie is actually a bit slow — though it does pick up once they get to Connecticut, so hang in there, Joan.

christmas in connecticut movieChristmas in Connecticut stars Barbara Stanwyck (Double Indemnity), Dennis Morgan (good singer, but haven’t seen him in any big movies), Sydney Greenstreet (Casablanca and The Maltese Falcon), and S.Z. Sakall (Yankee Doodle Dandy), who happens to be my favorite, partly because he’s very funny, but mostly because I found out his nickname was “Cuddles” in real life.

OH, SOMETHING YOU SHOULD KNOW:   I have a beef with the silent C in “Connecticut.” It’s malicious, it’s deceitful, and it just cost that state the fame and fortune that is sure to accompany the place hosting my Flag Day sequel.

Much of the humor in this movie revolves around a fake marriage getting in the way of a potential romance. It’s a great comedy, but it would hardly be funny if this lady was actually married.

We simply can’t afford to put ourselves in situations that compromise our loyalty to a husband or wife. When you’re married, even the most innocent of situations can quickly become dangerous if you find yourself alone with a member of the opposite sex.

So avoid those situations — online and offline.

The best gift you can give your spouse this Christmas is total, absolute, unquestionable loyalty all year long.

Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery: But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.” Matthew 5:27-28

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Tora! Tora! Tora! (1970)

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The Bells of St. Mary’s (1945)

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Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day (2014)

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West Side Story (1961)

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The Keys of the Kingdom (1944)

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Savannah Smiles (1982)

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