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Confidentially Connie (1953)

Approved | | Comedy, Family | 13 March 1953 (USA)
Texas cattleman Opie Bedloe comes to Maine to visit his son Joe, a college instructor, and his wife Connie in the hopes of persuading Joe to give up his teaching career and come back to ... See full summary »

Director:

Edward Buzzell

Writers:

Max Shulman (screenplay), Max Shulman (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Van Johnson ... Joe Bedloe
Janet Leigh ... Connie Bedloe
Louis Calhern ... Opie Bedloe
Walter Slezak ... Emil Spangenberg
Gene Lockhart ... Dean Edward E. Magruder
Hayden Rorke ... Prof. Simmons
Robert Burton ... Dr. Willis Shoop
Marilyn Erskine ... Phyllis Archibald
Kathleen Lockhart ... Mrs. Martha Magruder
Arthur Space ... Prof. Archie Archibald
Barbara Ruick ... Barbara
June Whitley Taylor June Whitley Taylor ... Betty Simmons (as June Whitley)
Dick Sands Dick Sands ... Moska
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Texas cattleman Opie Bedloe comes to Maine to visit his son Joe, a college instructor, and his wife Connie in the hopes of persuading Joe to give up his teaching career and come back to Texas and take over the ranch. When Opie finds out that Connie, who is expecting a baby, can not afford the steaks she yearns for on Joe's salary, Opie, who believes that pregnant women gotta have meat, arranges for the local butcher, Spangenberg to cut his prices in half (with Opie paying the difference) so that Connie can have the meat she desires. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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She knew her way around men! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Family

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 March 1953 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Steak for Connie See more »

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Budget:

$502,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film was a disappointment at the box office, with MGM losing $51,000 ($512,000 in 2016) according to studio records. See more »

Goofs

When Opie Bedloe wakes up from his nightmare, he goes to turn on the bedside lamp. The light coming in from through the bedroom window goes off one or two beats before the light from the lamp comes on. See more »

Quotes

Joe Bedloe: [looking at the huge slab of meat] Holy mackerel!
Connie Bedloe: No, dear, holy cow!
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Where's the Beef?
15 July 2007 | by krdementSee all my reviews

This is very possibly the worst movie I ever watched. But my wife and I sat through it, remarking later that it was as riveting as a slow-motion train wreck. This movie is so bad, we wondered how it was ever put on film. From initial premise to final scene, everything about this movie is the pits.

The premise of the movie is that the faculty at a small Maine college (symbolizing small colleges, in general) is so underpaid that putting red meat of any kind on the table is an extreme luxury, and a real budget-buster. On the other hand, they have money to eat plenty of fish and pay for loads of vitamins. The economics of this film also permit sacrificing cigarettes in order to eat lamb chops. In 1950 how much did cigarettes cost - 20 cents a pack? Whew, that seems like a lot of foregone smoking!

The meddlesome parent of a newlywed couple is hardly an original idea for comedy, but here it never generates a smile. The young couple are portrayed by Janet Leigh and Van Johnson. After his initial appearance, Van Johnson portrays his character as Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, in the deepest of tragedies. Meanwhile, Louis Calhern, Johnson's "Pop" up from Texas, is hamming it up as a wealthy cattleman. Janet Leigh, somewhere in between, seems to think she is June Cleaver before giving birth to Wally. The director never seems to have any of them pulling in the same direction at the same time, consequently the boat just goes 'round and 'round and eventually capsizes.

The preoccupation with meat makes for one of the most bizarre plots ever made into a picture by a Hollywood studio. It was so freaky that I admit to never paying attention to whether the lines, themselves, if delivered by other actors under the direction of another director might have been funny. Let me think... NAAAAH, No Way! But, if you are a movie junkie and want to see a historically bad film - and I don't mean cheesy, like some B sci-fi flick - check this one out. You'll be puzzled hours after you watched it - "Just what hit me?"


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