The Miracle of Morgan's Creek (1944)
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This wild, once-controversial comedy stars Betty Hutton as Trudy Kockenlocker, a man-crazy single girl whose favorite pastime involves entertaining every visiting GI in town. One morning after a particularly wild night, Trudy labors under the apprehension that last eve, she'd married a soldier named Ratzkywatzky or something. Evidently something had happened that night, for soon Trudy discovers that she's pregnant. She hides this information from her bombastic policeman father (William
Jan 5, 1944 Wide
Sep 6, 2005
Paramount Home Video
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Done in the satirical Sturges vein, and directed with that same touch, the story makes much of characterization and somewhat wacky comedy, plus some slapstick, with excellent photography figuring throughout.
Caustic and chaotic in the arch Sturges manner, it's probably his funniest and most smilingly malicious film.
Great verbal gags and non-sequiturs, fast-paced action, and a thorough irreverence for all things deemed respectable -- politicians, policemen and magistrates included -- make it a lasting delight.
Mr. Sturges as author and director, is thoroughly up to his stinging style in this film.
I suspect that Sturges feels that conscience and comedy are incompatible. It would be hard for a man of talent to make a more self-destructive mistake.
Six decades before Diablo Cody and Juno, Preston Sturges carried unplanned comedy to term.
One of Sturges' master works, this comedy turns upside down Hollywood's conventions of small-town life with original vision and crackling dialogue.
One of Preston Sturges' zanier films, The Miracle of Morgan's Creek begs the question: how did he get away with this?
Stands out for its sheer audacity of subject matter and its sustained emotional-roller-coaster effect: it's quite possibly the most high-strung movie ever made.
The real miracle might be in how the amoral sexual content got by the Hays Office.
Way ahead of its time Sturges comedy, great dialogue, plot
Sturges lets it all hang out, never passes over a joke and somehow manages to sustain the pace and quality.
Depends a little too much on the viewer's tolerance for Eddie Bracken and Betty Hutton trying to out-mug and out-frenzy each other to be everyone's cup of tea.
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