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The Miracle of Morgan's Creek
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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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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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Ah que l'on faisait de bons films à une époque. Une grande comédie. A voirPublished 15 months ago by Luigi
fast paced witty Preston Sturges comedy with a great cast was way ahead of its time ,Betty can't remember the father of her babyPublished on May 17 2014 by Gerry Lazar
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 on March 6 2013 by Sara
Here is a case of censorship making a great comedy even greater by forcing the writer/director to replace explicitness with suggestion. Read morePublished on April 4 2004
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
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 morePublished on June 1 2003 by Charles Pope
The best comedy ever made. Impresive script, full of comedy and, at the same time, very modern for its times. Read morePublished on Feb. 17 2002
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 morePublished on Jan. 30 2002
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