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Based on the life and achievements of W.T.G. Morton, the dentist who discovered the anesthetic qualities of ether.

Cast & Crew

Joel McCrea
William Thomas Green Morton
Betty Field
Elizabeth Morton
Harry Carey
Professor John C. Warren
Louis Jean Heydt
Dr. Horace Wells
Julius Tannen
Dr. Charles T. Jackson
Edwin Maxwell
Vice-President of Medical Society
Porter Hall
President Franklin Pierce
Grady Sutton
Homer Quimby
Harry Hayden
Judge Shipman
Torben Meyer
Dr. Dahlmeyer
Victor Potel
First Dental Patient
Thurston Hall
Senator Borland
Reginald Sheffield
Young Father (uncredited)
Harry Rosenthal
Mr. Chamberlain (uncredited)
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Critic Reviews for The Great Moment

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (2) | Fresh (5) | Rotten (1)

Audience Reviews for The Great Moment

  • Jan 30, 2012
    Okay bio-pic a real change of pace for Sturges but it feels incomplete.
    jay n Super Reviewer
  • Apr 12, 2009
    This biopic about William Thomas Green Morton (Joel McCrea), pioneer in the use of ether as a surgical anaesthetic, was a curious but not altogether successful departure for Preston Sturges. After a scrappy and sombre opening, during which the story threatens to unfold in reverse chronological order, the film settles into a lengthy flashback, lightens considerably and becomes very entertaining. It's almost as if Sturges set out to tell a sad tale with due solemnity (of a man who never received the recognition he deserved), managed to get so far into it and then couldn't resist throwing in some gags. Consequently, the film is never quite as funny as you want it to be but far too flippant to serve as a credible biopic. The performances, however, are uniformly excellent. Well worth seeing.
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