IN DECEMBER, my evening habit is to make a mug of real cocoa, enrich it with a sensible amount of Kahlua, and then head upstairs to the library. There, curled up on a comfy blue sofa, I spend an hour or two watching classic holiday movies. Tonight’s feature is Christmas in Connecticut. Are you familiar with this 1945 farce that stars Barbara Stanwyck and Dennis Morgan? Here’s the plot:
The plot: Elizabeth Lane (Stanwyck) is a highly-regarded food-writer and domestic goddess. In her monthly column for a national housekeeping-magazine, she creates recipes, and describes, for readers, her life on a large Connecticut farm where she lives with her husband and baby.
The only problem? Elizabeth Lane doesn’t live on a farm. Nor does she have a husband. Or a baby. And she absolutely, positively can’t cook. In fact, she lives alone in a tiny NYC apartment. The recipes, which she claims as her own, are created by her friend Felix (the character-actor S.Z. Sakall), who owns a Manhattan bistro.
All is well until a returning World War II vet (Dennis Morgan) asks the magazine if he can have Christmas dinner with “America’s Best Cook” and her family at their romantic Connecticut farm. The publisher, imagining a publicity coup, readily agrees to the proposal.
Is the charade over for Miss Lane?
Well, you’ll just have to see the movie!
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