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The Miracle of Morgan's Creek

Eddie Bracken , Betty Hutton , Preston Sturges    Unrated   DVD
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During World War II, Hollywood's patriotic duty was to shoot stirring dramas and good-hearted comedies that celebrated America's brave soldiers and honored their loyal, virtuous wives and girlfriends. Which goes a long way toward explaining why this delirious Preston Sturges farce, filmed in 1943 at the height of the war effort (and of its director's powers), was delayed for a year while Paramount executives wrestled with Sturges's irreverence: in Morgan's Creek, the writer-director tweaked those stereotypes with his tale of Trudy Kockenlocker, a small-town girl who only wants to send our boys off with a smile. That she does, but she wakes up after an all-night party with vague memories of a dubious wedding and soon finds herself pregnant.

Trudy, played by the ebullient Betty Hutton, is wholesome, sexy, and something of a ditz, in contrast to Sturges's usual savvy heroines (represented instead by Trudy's teenaged younger sister, played by Diana Lynn). Trudy's savior is would-be boyfriend Norval, played to apoplectic perfection by the rubber-faced Eddie Bracken, who was never better than in this wide-eyed, pratfall-happy performance as the weary but loyal draft reject who stands by his girl. As Trudy's father, Sturges regular William Demarest likewise achieves a series of comic peaks as the exasperated and increasingly desperate Officer Kockenlocker.

Like Sturges's other Bracken-Demarest vehicle, the equally fine Hail, the Conquering Hero, The Miracle of Morgan's Creek was unique among wartime movies for its satirical sting and unblinking eye for hypocrisy on the home front. It's also enormous fun, a comedic romp that epitomizes Sturges's kinetic, high-speed style. --Sam Sutherland

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5.0 out of 5 stars Preston Sturges classic May 17 2014
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
fast paced witty Preston Sturges comedy with a great cast was way ahead of its time ,Betty can't remember the father of her baby
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Miracle Of Morgan's Creek March 6 2013
By Sara
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
One of the FUNNIEST movies I have ever seen. I haven't laughed so much at one film in awhile. Also such a heartwarming romance between Trudy and Norville. GREAT film!
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5.0 out of 5 stars No, Trudy wasn't drunk ... Oct. 19 2003
Format:VHS Tape
Had the undiluted pleasure of watching "Morgan's Creek" twice in one night on Turner Classic Movies ... talk about OD!! Wonderful!! The same frenetic pacing as my all-time favorite comedy, Billy Wilder's "One, Two, Three"; funny, funny lines and characterizations; and (listen to it) a near-perfect musical score. This is one of the comedy greats.
BUT ... I see where a number of reviewers claim that Trudy gets drunk, and so does not remember the evening. No, no, a thousand times NO! She says repeatedly that she has never drunk a drop. Watch what actually happens: (1) Trudy hates the "Victory Punch" (no sugar!) so does NOT drink it ... (2) then during a swing boogie dance she is thrown up in the air ... and (3) hits her head on the mirror-ball and is knocked senseless.
Sturges may have been playing with the morals of the time, but he was nonetheless a traditionalist himself.
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5.0 out of 5 stars TRUDY DEFINATELY WASN'T DRUNK! Oct. 18 2005
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"Miracle of Morgan's Creek is, in my opinion, the funniest movie ever made. All about a girl(Betty Hutton) who, after attending a "kiss the boys good-bye" party finds herself married and pregnant without a clue of who her husband is. She faintly remembers someone saying "let's all get married!", but unfortunately she also remembers someone saying "let's not use our real names." at the justice of the peace. The next thing she remembers is driving through town the next morning with "Just Married " on the back of her car. But as one reviewer already pointed out, Trudy NEVER touches alcohol! Most of the reviews indicate she got drunk but she even mentions several times throughout the movie that she never drank any alcohol. The cause of her amnesia is in fact that she hit her head while dancing. "Miracle" is a wholesome family movie that did not "slip by the production code" as some have indicated. There is nothing in it that would upset the production code in any way. This is just the kind of movie that is extinct in the Hollywood of today. One the whole family can watch. A must see!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pretty Miraculous April 5 2004
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
Here is a case of censorship making a great comedy even greater by forcing the writer/director to replace explicitness with suggestion. And no one was better up to the task than Preston Sturges. Sturges was a veteran of WWI, and when the second one broke out he told an acquaintance that he wasn't going to fall for the same line twice. His cynicism about the war may have been misplaced but the country needed an occasional break from the homefront propaganda. This wild and lascivious tale about a never-was wartime marriage and the resulting pregnancy makes mincemeat of a lot of 40's sacred cows. Especially great are Brian Donleavy and Akim Tamiroff in an uncredited reprise of their Sturges roles in "The Great McGinty."
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Classic June 25 2003
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
This is entertainment at it's best. One of the funniest movies of all time. Eddie Bracken and Betty Hutton really shine. It is a must see movie. I only regret it isn't on dvd.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Timeless Comedy June 1 2003
Format:VHS Tape
Steven Speilberg said a few years ago that he would gladly replace one of his films on that absurd TOP 100 films with " Sullivans Travels" another Sturges masterpiece.
Mr. Speilberg, with all due respect..I would replace most of your films with " The Lady Eve" " The Great McGinty" and " Hail The Conquering Hero" et all..
"There will never be another Sturges' comedy" Paul Schrader.
I agree with Mr. Schrader. " The Miracle of Morgan's Creek" is a unique film experience! Mr. Bracken is missed sorely now but we can see him on display in films like these !
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Greatest American Film Comedy? May 14 2002
Format:VHS Tape
I'm not a believer in contests for film or music...perception and appreciation are so subjective, how can something be unequivocally a 'best'? However, this amazing film by the master Sturges comes close to being the exception to my rule. The first time I saw it, my jaw just dropped: how did he ever get away with the subject matter at a time when practically nothing sexual was allowed to be seen or discussed on screen?? Married couples couldn't even be shown sleeping in the same bed! Yet here was a WILDLY irreverent film about a woman who can't rememeber who slept with her and fathered her child. I still don't know why Paramount agreed to make it and release it. The dialogue and performances are perfect; Sturges really doesn't set a foot wrong. It comes as close to 'perfection' as any film comedy ever has. Watch this one, then watch the rest of Sturges' films...again and again and again. And read a biography or two of this amazing man as well, he lived an extraordinary life and died too young. Why do you think the Coen Brothers worship him?
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