The Miracle of Morgan's Creek (1944)



Critic Consensus: The Miracle of Morgan's Creek finds director Preston Sturges at his most zanily subversive -- not to mention hilarious.

Movie Info

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 … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Romance, Classics, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Preston Sturges
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 6, 2005
Paramount Home Video


as Norval Jones

as Trudy Kockenlocker

as Constable Edmund Koc...

as Emmy Kockenlocker

as Governor McGinty

as The Boss

as Justice of the Peace

as Mr. Johnson

as Mr. Tuerck

as Mr. Johnson

as Mr. Rafferty

as Newspaper Editor

as Justice's Wife

as Mrs. Johnson

as US Marshal

as The Mayor

as Mr. Schwartz

as 2nd MP

as McGinty's Secretary

as McGinty's Secretary

as Head Nurse

as Man Opening Champagn...

as Mussolini

as Hitler

as Secret Service man

as Secret Service man

as State Police

as State Police
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Critic Reviews for The Miracle of Morgan's Creek

All Critics (26) | Top Critics (5)

The overall result is one of the most violently funny comedies, one of the most original, vigorous and cheerfully outrageous moving pictures that ever came out of Hollywood.

Full Review… | December 10, 2014
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | November 13, 2007
Top Critic

Caustic and chaotic in the arch Sturges manner, it's probably his funniest and most smilingly malicious film.

Full Review… | November 13, 2007
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Mr. Sturges as author and director, is thoroughly up to his stinging style in this film.

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

Sturges' no-holds-barred comic cristicism of American Forces abroad is still challenging and funny.

Full Review… | December 10, 2014
Empire Magazine

Audience Reviews for The Miracle of Morgan's Creek

Wow, this is a crazy, hilarious, remarkable movie, really worth watching. I highly recommend checking it out.

Aj V

Super Reviewer


A daring, ahead of its time gem that thinly veils premarital sex and illegitimate pregnancy with a phantom marriage and bust-a-gut humor. A milestone in American comedy and a covert triumph for director Preston Sturges.

*Note: Betty Hutton is simply fantastic!

Randy Tippy

Super Reviewer

Great film that depicts how World War II society was in the Midwest. At times I was wondering if I was watching a documentary, a satire, or a straight comedy. Melodramatic but it had some great comedic moments. This film was well ahead of its time. I mean, a film about premarital sex and having children out of wedlock? Nowadays stuff like that barely gets a reaction from mainstream society. Back in the 1940s, it had to be a death sentence of sorts in society's eyes. Only Preston Sturges could bring levity to such taboo subjects. Eddie Bracken was excellent as the hapless Norval Jones and Betty Hutton was perfect as Trudy. This is by far one of the funniest films I have ever seen and it has stood the test of time, still relevant in the 21st century. Preston Sturges's script and directing was witty and comical, pure genius.

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