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The Miracle of Morgan's Creek


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  • Actors: Eddie Bracken, Betty Hutton, Diana Lynn, William Demarest, Porter Hall
  • Directors: Preston Sturges
  • Writers: Preston Sturges
  • Producers: Preston Sturges, Buddy G. DeSylva
  • Format: Black & White, DVD-Video, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: UNRATED
  • Studio: Paramount
  • Release Date: Sept. 6 2005
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0009W5J78
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #13,424 in DVD (See Top 100 in 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By John Graham on 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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This is Preston Sturges's finest movie in my opinion. Sturges manages to satirize the morals of a war time society where there is no tomorrow for many young men and how the young women deal with the moral code of their day. Sturgess makes a movie about a girl who gets knocked up by an unknown soldier at a time when the movie censorship was at its strongest. How he manages to pull it of is a delight. The surprise ending makes everything all right. Sturges was able to get around the censors in a fun way. Brilliant performances by the cast. Especially the scenes between William Demerest and Diana Lynn still seem fresh today and are great slapstick. Sturges wrote the best movie dialogue ever. A cameo of the governor from the great McGinty ( Brian Donlevy and Akim Tamiroff) is an unsual touch. Tie this movie with one of his previous movies. Sturgess wrote with an energy and a freedom that few other filmakers ever have. That he was able to write and direct such unique satire movies within the Hollywood movie system was a testament to his talent. His understanding of the American psyche was amazing. Long tracking shots were another part of his directing style. This movie is still funny, fresh and entertaining
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By A Customer on Oct. 18 2005
Format: DVD
"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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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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Great movies are those you can't bear to see end, no matter how many times you've seen 'em. They play new the second, third, tenth time around; catching the light at angles you'd never seen them in before, gaining richness and profundity in familiar details while throwing never-noticed subtleties into sudden high relief. They awaken you to reserves of emotion inside yourself plumbed so rarely, you'd almost forgotten you had them in you all along. They are one-to-one experiences - even if you see a film like Preston Sturges' MIRACLE OF MORGAN'S CREEK in a packed revival house laughing uproariously en masse, you can only share a surface pleasure with the strangers around you: the deeper joys of this movie are yours and yours alone, shocking you into an awareness of how potent a great film can be with the force of a seismic shift. Even when you encounter [a silly] review that completely, callously, misses the whole point, you can't even get angry - how could you? A STAR WARS or Tarantino fan chucking terms like 'dated' or 'foolish' at a Preston Sturges movie is too pitiable a wretch to deserve actual scorn: maybe one day they'll figure it out, if they're lucky. MIRACLE turns out to be aptly titled, as this heady, unduplicable blend of slapstick, sitcom, surrealism and sharply observed slice-of-life manages to embody WW2-era popular entertainment while standing as far apart and above its contemporaries as possible. The genius of Sturges was not that he ran end-runs around the censors, but that he subverted them from the safest place to do so: deep within the fortress of the Production Code.Read more ›
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