“I haven’t got a farm; I haven’t even got a windowbox,” the magazine columnist admits, when she realizes her habit of spinning fables about country living may destroy her career — just in time for the holidays.
I wrote this essay about the 1946 Jane Wyman and Ronald Reagan version of “Christmas in Connecticut” nine years ago, but just updated it today with links to much better recordings of the program than the distorted version I settled for way back then. Three versions, in fact!
So, Happy Holidays! … And special thanks to radio-history hero Jerry Haendiges for offering two top-quality versions of the program, his original from a 1946 Screen Guild transcription, and another I’d only read about in the Wikipedia page about the movie, a half hour version of Christmas in Connecticut from the 1952 CBS series, “Stars In the Air,” starring Gordon MacRae and Phyllis Thaxter. MacRae even gets to sing a Christmas song.
The original stars of the 1945 movie, Dennis Morgan and Barbara Stanwyck, either never got to recreate their roles in front of a radio studio audience, or the transcription recordings haven’t made their way to collector-supplied online archives.