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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 »


Edward Buzzell


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




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


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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Jammed With Laughs! See more »


Comedy | Family


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Release Date:

13 March 1953 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Steak for Connie See more »


Box Office


$502,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


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


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 »


Joe Bedloe: [looking at the huge slab of meat] Holy mackerel!
Connie Bedloe: No, dear, holy cow!
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no one's getting me to eat that stuff
30 April 2014 | by lee_eisenbergSee all my reviews

The dated "Confidentially Connie" represents the era when people viewed meat as one of the healthiest foods, and also portrays a nuclear family (husband's the breadwinner, wife stays home and cooks). I think that the movie wants to see itself as a satire on the desire for success at any cost, but it comes across as a "Leave It to Beaver"-style story. True, the price war was funny, but now that we know that red meat causes heart disease and colon cancer (from which the carnivorous John Wayne probably would have died had he not smoked himself to death).

Basically, it's a hokey movie. And personally, having been to Texas but never Maine, I can say that I'd never trade Maine for Texas.

PS: Hayden Rorke, who played Simmonds, is best known as Dr. Bellows on "I Dream of Jeannie".

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