1hr 42mins

In Peter Godfrey’s classic romantic comedy a successful food writer (Barbara Stanwyck) must cook up an entirely fake life – including a husband, baby, and farm in Connecticut – to fool a war hero who she is hosting for Christmas dinner.

This film screens as part of our magically festive Christmas programme.

Unfortunately no Audio Description track is available for this feature.
Christmas 2023
Douglas Sirk
English, German

Elizabeth Lane (Barbara Stanwyck, Double Indemnity) is a successful food writer whose wholesome life on a Connecticut farm with her husband and baby has made her a much-loved fixture in the lives of housewives across America. However, unbeknownst to her many fans – or her publisher – Elizabeth’s life is entirely fictitious. She in fact leads a bachelorette lifestyle in New York and ‘borrows’ recipes for the magazine from her honorary uncle, Felix (S. Z. Sakall). When a returning war hero (Dennis Morgan) takes a particular fondness for her writing, Elizabeth is pressed by her publisher to host him for a special Christmas dinner at her house – and Elizabeth must quickly find herself a husband, baby, and a Connecticut farm to maintain her charade or risk a career-ending scandal.

This classic romantic comedy of errors delighted audiences upon its release and even spawned a 1992 remake directed by Arnold Schwarzenegger – the original 1945 release directed by Peter Godfrey, however, has endured as a beloved festive favourite.

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