Tuesday December 10, 2 PM at Mary J Benson Branch Christmas In Connecticut (1945) 1 hr 41 min
Journalist Elizabeth Lane (Barbara Stanwyck) is one of the country’s most famous food writers. In her columns, she describes herself as a hard-working farm woman, taking care of her children and being an excellent cook. But these are lies; she’s really an unmarried New Yorker who can’t even boil an egg, and the recipes come from her good friend Felix. The owner of the magazine she works for, Yardly (Sidney Greenstreet, in one of his rare comedy roles), has decided a war hero (Dennis Morgan) will spend Christmas on her farm. Miss Lane knows her career is over if the truth comes out, but what can she do?
Stanwyck’s role was intended for Bette Davis. When Uncle Felix first meets Yardly, he dislikes him and mumbles “Fat man” ere he walks away; in The Maltese Falcon (1941) Greenstreet played the role of Kasper Gutman, whose code name was “Fat Man.” Stanwyck’s character was loosely based on the then-popular Family Circle Magazine columnist Gladys Taber, who lived on Stillmeadow Farm in Connecticut. The home seen in the movie was also used in Bringing Up Baby (1938). The runaway sleigh ride was filmed on the Warner Brothers backlot, with snowdrifts simulated by soap flakes.