It's Christmas season in New York City, and single mother Connie Ennis (played by Janet Leigh) works as a secret comparative shopper for a major department store. While secret shopping in the toy department at a competitor's store she meets employee, Steve Mason (played by Robert Mitchum) and inadvertently winds up getting him fired over the refund of a toy train set. Connie of course feels awful. Steve is a free-spirit, a dreamer and a romantic with big plans to earn enough money to get himself to California where he can build sailboats with his friend. Through a series of chivalrous escapades on Steve's part, he winds up falling in love with Connie which complicates matters when steady and secure, but somewhat dull, Carl, Connie's friend, proposes to her. Connie has to decide what to do... marry practical Carl, remain single or start a relationship with dreamy Steve who will be moving away soon.
It's a very romantic story with great acting, humorous writing, a festive holiday feel and just about the cutest child actor ever (Gordon Gebert) who plays Timmy, Connie's young son.
If you've never seen it, Turner Classic Movies is airing Holiday Affair several times in December. I first saw this movie this past summer and it now sits in my top 5 list of favorite Christmas movies ever:)
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