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Barbara Stanwyck remains one of the most versatile and fascinating screen personalities of Hollywood's Golden Age. While often remembered today as the quintessential femme fatale in gems like DOUBLE INDEMNITY, BABY FACE, and others she was also a vivacious, frisky comic actress as well, earning an Academy Award nomination for her memorably sexy/sassy turn in BALL OF FIRE and wowing audiences as the streetwise seductress who tries to swindle Henry Fonda in the hilarious THE LADY EVE.
In 1945, at the peak of her popularity as a dramatic powerhouse, Stanwyck got back in touch with her lighter side in CHRISTMAS IN CONNECTICUT, a jewel of a screwball comedy.
Stanwyck sparkles as Elizabeth Lane, a chic, single New Yorker who has become a successful columnist for Smart Housekeeping by pretending to be a homespun rural wife and mother with a knack for Martha Stewart-style crafts and country cooking; in fact, Elizabeth can't even boil water. Her masquerade -- and her job -- is jeopardized when her clueless editor (Sydney Greenstreet) coerces her into hosting a lavish Christmas celebration at her supposed family farm in Connecticut. Suddenly, Elizabeth must do the holiday hustle, tracking down a farm, a baby, a husband and, perhaps the most challenging of all, some domestic skills. (James Sanford)