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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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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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Not as bad as some say but it is just plain strange!
18 February 2018 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

According to IMDB, "Confidentially Connie" lost a ton of money for MGM and I can understand why...the story was just plain strange. Not so much bad as weird and hard to imagine WHY they'd do a story like this! Apparently, some of the IMDB reviewers REALLY hated it. All I know is that it was a pleasant and weird time-passer.

The film begins back East. Joe Bedloe (Van Johnson) is a professor at a small college where they seem to pay their faculty very, very little...so little that his wife Connie (Janet Leigh) has to make a lot of cutbacks. One cutback is meat...something they've learned to do without. But when Joe's dad, Opie (Louis Calhern) visits, he's shocked...and worried because Connie is pregnant and he KNOWS women need lots and lots of meat when they are pregnant! So, he conspires with Connie and the local butcher to provide meat at half price. But when the other professors families learn that the Bedloes are getting a great deal on meat, Opie is forced to pay for EVERYONE'S discount meat...otherwise Joe will find out about his father's interfering. To me, however, I just thought Joe was a jerk and should have been grateful for the help.

Was there some sort of meat crisis of 1953?? I was very confused by the film and its notion that many folks couldn't afford meat back in the day. Regardless, the idea of Opie giving his daughter-in-law his meat is a strange notion in a film. Not bad...just odd overall...mostly because the cast did a nice job with the thin material they were given.

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