What happens when a war hero’s yearning for a home cooked meal by the wholesome American wife and columnist brings him to the doorstep of a very single, very poor chef?
Enter the fake husband who just so happens to own a farm as described in Elizabeth Lane’s column, two different babies, a Hungarian uncle to cook for her, and on all top of that her boss! The irony of all this? Her boss doesn’t know she has made up everything in her magazine column, and she is determined to tell him the truth, only she can never get a chance.
When her “husband”, Mr. Sloan want them to actually be married, she thinks she can bare it. Until he starts to talk about his career. Desperate not to marry him, she almost immediately falls in love with the handsome sailor Jefferson Jones. The only problem? He thinks she’s married with a baby.
With the wonderful Barbara Stanwyk, delightful Dennis Morgan, lovable S.Z. “Cuddles” Sakall, along with other talented actors, the 1945 comedy was a hit in the making. I know families who watch this very film each year as their Christmas tradition.
It is a “hunky dunky” movie filled with laughs and Reginald Gardiner as the guy we just love to hate. Personally, I’m a huge Dennis Morgan fan and I loved how we could see the conflict his character was experiencing whether to have an “affair” with this married woman, or to stay straight. And, of course, S.Z. Sakall probably was my favorite actor in this whole film. His comments always left me giggling. Sakall’s performance is similar to his others in movies like “Wintertime” with Sonja Henie and “Romance on the High Seas”, which was Doris Day’s break out film, but I doesn’t make it any less valuable.
This movie is well worth a watch it you enjoy chaos, comedy, and Christmas. It is a real “top pocket find” (for my Curse of Oak Island fans out there) and I’m sure it will be added to your list of Christmas favorites, as it has been to mine.
*Here’s an interesting article that mentions it too: