To wrap up Christmas movie week, I recommend Christmas in Connecticut, the 1945 Christmas film starring Barbara Stanwyck. It’s a delightful comedy with lots of Christmas images and descriptions. Barbara Stanwyck stars as a New York single lady who writes a newspaper column that makes her seem like Martha Stewart. The trouble is, she is faking it. In her column she writes as if she is married with children and living on a farm in Connecticut, cooking and farming and being all Pioneer Woman. Her agent knows the truth, but her publisher does not. In reality, she can’t even cook! So when her publisher invites a war veteran to her Connecticut farm for Christmas, she and her agent manage to fake her entire lifestyle. It’s very funny, and my favorite scene is when she and the GI are giving the baby a bath and we learn she doesn’t even know the gender of the baby she borrowed for the charade.

I own this movie and have watched it many times.

There is a 1992 remake version that I have only seen once. That one stars Dyan Cannon and was directed by Arnold Schwarzenegger. It is sort of cute, especially if you like 1990s nostalgia. The plot remains similar and many of the same scenes are re-created. They even have the scene with the baby taking a bath, although the 1992 version doesn’t have the joke that I thought was so funny, so I don’t even know why the scene is included at all. Still, I don’t know that I would ever recommend the 1992 version because it contains some incredibly inappropriate scenes in which the actor brought in to play Dyan Cannon’s Connecticut husband (played by Tony Curtis) takes a little too much liberty with his role as the pseudo-spouse. It’s supposed to be funny, but in today’s woke world it’s just creepy.

So I say, stick with the 1945 Christmas in Connecticut. You can rent it on Amazon for $2.99. (affiliate link)

(Image credit: Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.)

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