30 Underrated Movies, Day 6


Forgive me, I know Christmas was 4 months ago, but tonight’s choice is a Christmas movie. An old, black and white movie that charmed me the moment my husband introduced me to it.

Kristian’s 6th underrated movie is:

Holiday Affair (1949) Directed by Don Hartman

holiday affair

Connie, a commercial spy returns a model train set to a large retail store. She meets store clerk, Steve who calls her out, but agrees not to tell his manager, who finds out and fires him, just days before Christmas.

Connie and Steve have lunch, tell each other their stories, andΒ  he makes her laugh, but there’s just one problem, Connie is already involved with another man, named Carl.

This movie does an exceptional job at showing that the above quote is true. Love is a strong feeling, and we can’t control when love will find us or if the timing is right, but what is meant to be always finds a way.

I also love this movie because Steve has the backbone to say how he feels about Connie. There’s no beating around the bush or walking on egg shells, he just tells her how it is and doesn’t care who knows it. It’s a trait that I admire.

Although is is a Christmas movie, it’s a wonderful film to watch any time of the year.

Have you seen Holiday Affair? Did you enjoy it? What underrated movie(s) do you recommend?

Love & life lessons,



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23 Responses to 30 Underrated Movies, Day 6

  1. Brad Osborne says:

    Is Connie as forthright about her feelings or involvement with another man? Asking for a friend. 😁 I wish everyone were as straight forward with their feelings, regardless of gender or situation. But that does not seem realistic. Great post, but please stay short of the silent film era! Much love, as always! πŸ€—πŸ˜˜πŸ’•

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    • kristianw84 says:

      That’s a good point, Brad. She does tell him she is with Carl, but she doesn’t admit her feelings right away, not even to herself. But to fair, I think she’s very confused. And don’t worry, no silent films made this list. πŸ˜‚

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      • Brad Osborne says:

        She stays mute about her feelings, even though any fear of rejection has been dissuaded by his directness? Of course, we all love that in others. When they are brave enough to risk their feelings with no promise of them being returned. At least, she is honest about being married, not that that ever seems to dissuade most men. His actions are much more difficult than you might realize. Unless you have always been the one to make the first move in a relationship, it may be hard to put yourself in that mind space. Sorry about the rant. You may have hit on a sore subject for me. It is the difference between being the chased and doing the chasing. Any lack of directness, on either part, I see as all part of the games. He is truly brave in his comfort to possibly be seen as truly foolish! Is it possible that men who do not follow his suit do not lack a backbone, but are also wrestling with confusion or doubt? Now I have to watch the movie to see how it turns out! πŸ˜€

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      • kristianw84 says:

        Yes, please watch the movie. First of all, Connie and Carl aren’t married, that would be another circumstance entirely. I don’t want to say anything more, but once she is sure of her feelings, she does admit them. That’s all I’m gonna say because I don’t want to ruin the movie. I did not mean to touch on a sore spot my friend, nor did I mean to imply that every man who doesn’t speak up lacks a spine. Have you seen Wuthering Heights? Another great movie about how love can withstand anything, not even death can separate lovers, but Heathcliff is cowardly, and it bugs me. Of course he holds his mouth for spite, but in this case if either of them had said their true feelings things could have been a lot different. I am angry at Catherine too, but we also must remember that things were a lot different back then. Especially for women. I am not trying to be sexist, I do not think it’s always up to the man to speak up first. If a woman falls in love, she should say so. I have to admit, I have often been the one being chased, but I have been the chaser a time or two. I try to empathize with both parties, & yes, I fully understand that men have emotions and can wrestle with confusion or doubt, or even just try to be respectful due to the situation. I just admire that he had the kahunas to speak his mind at the dinner table, you’ll understand more once you see the film. I think this stemmed from my disappointment in Hearhcliff. It’s not about anyone I know personally. But I do agree with you. If people would just be upfront and honest from the beginning, they could save themselves & each other a lot of heartache. It takes two, and I have never liked playing games when it comes to relationships. Maybe that’s part of it too. I would have been just as equally impressed if she had been the first one to say it, but it just so happened to be Steve, and he was never disrespectful, he even praises Carl, but he is very clear about his feelings and lays everything out on the table, and I think that’s admirable.


  2. kristianw84 says:

    Also, never apologize for ranting. Thank you for being honest and calling me out on my shit. You are absolutely right in thinking both parties should be accountable for their actions. We can’t control our feelings, but we can control how to react to them. You have given me a brilliant idea for my novel, so truly, thank you, Brad! 😘😘

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    • Brad Osborne says:

      The way you describe it, I more fully understand your appreciation for Steve’s forthrightness. And, I agree, Heathcliff’s portrayal in Wuthering Heights shows his silence is more out of spite than out of fear or confusion. Never a good move. I wondered about my comment as soon as I sent it, but if it has fed some fuel to your literary fire, then it is all good! If you need me, I will be standing in line to buy that next novel of yours! Always, much love, dear friend! ❀❀❀

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      • kristianw84 says:

        You don’t need to worry about your comments. This is a judgement free zone. Life is rarely so black and white. We’re humans and there’s no instruction manual. We’re full of thoughts, feelings, and ideas. We get confused and frustrated, and that is perfectly okay. Never be afraid to speak your mind. I’m not going anywhere. 😊❀

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      • Brad Osborne says:

        I appreciate your huge heart and the gracious freedom you permit. I will always speak my mind with you. But, I too, will always be hyper aware of the knowledge that my beloved words can contain something that has a negative impact and I am ultimately responsible for their use. It is the fine line that all who speak out must trod. But knowing that my failures are as welcome as my triumphs is very comforting and much appreciated from you! 😘πŸ₯°

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  3. Amir says:

    Do you have list of all of your favorite movies on one page or post?

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  5. Laura Beth says:

    I have not seen this movie! I’m genuinely curious to see if my family members have seen it. Great recommendation!

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