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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 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 The Miracle that is Miracle of Morgan's Creek Oct. 20 2014
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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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 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Sturges Masterpiece (So What Else Is New?) Aug. 25 2001
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Preston Sturges classic
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
Published 5 months ago by Gerry Lazar
5.0 out of 5 stars The Miracle Of Morgan's Creek
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!
Published 19 months ago by Sara
5.0 out of 5 stars Pretty Miraculous
Here is a case of censorship making a great comedy even greater by forcing the writer/director to replace explicitness with suggestion. Read more
Published on April 4 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Classic
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.
Published on June 25 2003
4.0 out of 5 stars Timeless Comedy
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... Read more
Published on June 1 2003 by Charles Pope
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 stars is little for this movie
The best comedy ever made. Impresive script, full of comedy and, at the same time, very modern for its times. Read more
Published on Feb. 17 2002 by "gkelly4"
5.0 out of 5 stars The funniest movie
I've watched this dozens of times and know the ending and all the jokes but I still laugh my brains out every time I see it. Read more
Published on Jan. 30 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars 6 Stars! One of the very best comedies of all time!
Not as well known to the general public as the Marx brothers movies, this film is unquestionably one of funniest, best-written, best-acted & best-directed comedies of all time,... Read more
Published on Jan. 13 2002 by inframan
5.0 out of 5 stars The most hilarious film of all time
To me, "The Miracle of Morgan's Creek" is the "Citizen Kane" of comedy -- the greatest film comedy of all time. Read more
Published on Nov. 20 2001 by George Matusek
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