Holiday Affair

Synopsis: Just before Christmas, department store clerk Steve Mason meets big spending customer Connie Ennis, really a commercial spy. He unmasks her but lets her go, which gets him fired. They end up on a date, which doesn't sit well with Connie's steady suitor, Carl, but delights her son Timmy, who doesn't want Carl for a step-dad. Standard (if sweet) romantic complications follow.
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Director(s): Don Hartman
87 min

You didn't bring me my little baby brother

you promised me last year.

I'll see what I can do this year.

- All right, what'll we do now?

Make it snow again.

- Blow the whistle.

- All right.

How's that?

- Could you wait on me?

- In a moment, madam.

I'm sorry, but I'm in a hurry.

This gentleman was here before you.

I know, but I wanna buy one.

I have no reason to believe

this gentleman's not a potential customer.

- Blow the whistle.

- Sorry, senator.

The lady seems to have friends

in high places.

Let me tell you about the train.

There's really never been one like it.

This one's been around the world.

Fast, economical, easy to operate

and very...

I'll take one, complete with

all attachments and accessories.

You're not letting me earn my salary,

skimpy as it is.

- That'll be 79.50 plus tax.

- I have it right here.

- Twenty, 40...

- It's all there.


- Where would you like us to send it?

- Oh, I'll take it with me.

We'll be glad to send it. It's heavy.

- It'll get there tomorrow.

- No, thank you.

Just put it in a box.

It doesn't even have to be fancy.

Oh, I'm going to rewrap it anyway.

If you give me the claim,

I'll pick it up at the call desk.

- And thank you very much.

- It's a pleasure.

You come back again.

Thank you.

Fisher and Lewis? Miss Neely, please.

Comparison Shopping.

Connie Ennis. I'm in the department.

Hello, Miss Neely? I have a report

on those 54-gauge nylons for you.

Gimbel's, Wanamaker's and Bloomingdale's

have the same price... our sun bronze.

Mm-hm. Exactly the same.

Yes, I'm at Crowley's now

and I just bought the train.

I was wondering if I could wait till morning

to bring it to you for comparison.

I thought while I was on this floor,

I could buy my boy a suit for Christmas.

It's getting awfully late and I'm tired.

I'd like to go straight home.

Oh, thanks a lot, Miss Neely. Goodbye.

Good evening, Mrs. Ennis.

Good evening, Mr. Ennis.

Oh, you tried to surprise me, huh?

- I was watching out the window.

- Oh, you were?

Oh, is it good to see you.

Look, I lost another tooth.

Did you put it under the pillow?

- Yup.

- Attaboy.

- Can I help, Mom?

- Thank you, darling...

...but they're pretty heavy.

They for me?

Mm, one of them might be.

- The big one?

- It's for the store. Business.

Then why is it tied up in red ribbons?

If you buy a garbage can Christmas week,

they tie it up in red ribbons.

Joey. You and Timmy

have a good afternoon?

Dinner's all ready.

All you do is heat it up.

- Oh, thanks so much, Mary.

- See you tomorrow.

Good night. Good night, Tim.

Good night, Mary.

Sorry I stepped on your toe.

It was only an accident.

Well, what did you do all day,

Mr. Ennis?

Oh, I played and played

with Joey in the park.

Oh, that's good, darling.

What'd you play?

- Oh, we threw rocks at girls.

- Timmy.

It was all right. We missed them.

What'd you do all day, Mrs. Ennis?

Oh, I worked and worked

and now my feet hurt. Oh...

You're tired, huh, Mom?

I was, but I'm not now.

Not once I'm home with my fella.

I'm gonna get you.

Let me see where you lost your tooth.

Here, come on.

Oh, you're gonna be all right.

I don't have to worry about you.

Mm. There.

You know, you're getting to look

more like your daddy every day.

Mom, does it hurt much to die?

No, I don't think so, darling.

- Bye, Joey.

- So long, Joey.

- Ha-ha. Doesn't he ever say goodbye?

- No. He doesn't like to.

- Maybe because he lives upstairs.

- Oh.

- Did Carl call?

- Yeah, he called.

He said he'd be over later.

While I add a few elegant touches

to our dinner...

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Isobel Lennart

Isobel Lennart (May 18, 1915 - January 25, 1971) was an American screenwriter and playwright. A native of Brooklyn, New York, Lennart moved to Hollywood, where she was hired to work in the MGM mail room, a job she lost when she attempted to organize a union. She joined the Communist Party in 1939 but left five years later. Lennart's first script, The Affairs of Martha, an original comedy about the residents of a wealthy community who fear their secrets are about to be revealed in an exposé written by one of their maids, was filmed in 1942 with Spring Byington, Marjorie Main, and Richard Carlson. This was followed in quick succession by A Stranger in Town, Anchors Aweigh, and It Happened in Brooklyn. In 1947, the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) began an investigation into the motion picture industry. Although she was never blacklisted, Lennart, a former member of the Young Communist League, testified to HUAC in 1952 to avoid being blacklisted. She later regretted this decision. Lennart's later screen credits include A Life of Her Own, Love Me or Leave Me, Merry Andrew, The Inn of the Sixth Happiness, Please Don't Eat the Daisies, The Sundowners, and Two for the Seesaw. In 1964, Lennart wrote the book for the Broadway musical Funny Girl, based on the life and career of Fanny Brice and her tempestuous relationship with gambler Nicky Arnstein. It catapulted Barbra Streisand to fame and earned her a Tony Award nomination. In 1968, Lennart wrote the screen adaptation, which won her a Writers Guild of America award for Best Screenplay. It proved to be her last work. Three years later, she was killed in an automobile accident in Hemet, California. Lennart married actor/writer John Harding in Las Vegas, Nevada in 1945. They had two children, Joshua Lennart Harding (December 27, 1947 - August 4, 1971) and Sarah Elizabeth Harding (born November 24, 1951). more…

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