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The Miracle of Morgan's Creek (1944)

Unrated | | Comedy, Romance, War | January 1944 (USA)
After an all-night send-off party for the troops, a small-town girl wakes up to find herself married and pregnant, but with no memory of her husband's identity.




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Trudy Kockenlocker, a small-town girl with a soft spot for American soldiers, wakes up the morning after a wild farewell party for the troops to find that she married someone she can't remember--and she's pregnant. Norval Jones, the 4-F local boy who's been in love with Trudy for years, tries to help her find a way out of her predicament. Trudy complicates matters further by falling for Norval, and events snowball from there. Written by James Meek <james@oz.net>

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The True Story of Trudy Kockenlocker, who kissed the Boys Goodbye... REGIMENT BY REGIMENT! See more »


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Release Date:

January 1944 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El milagro de Morgan Creek  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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The powerful Catholic Legion of Decency asked for several changes to move their rating from a C (Condemned) to a B (Morally Objectionable in Part for All). Executive Producer Buddy G. DeSylva agreed but realized there was no chance to ever attain even an A-2 (Approved for Adults) rating. Late in February, Preston Sturges shot a day of revisions necessary for the B label and as of March, the studio decided to let the picture stand. See more »


When Norval and Mr. Kockenlocker are sitting on the front porch talking, Mr. Kockenlocker is cleaning his gun. He has an automatic pistol, he cocks it to open the chamber for cleaning, and in the next scene he cocks it again. See more »


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Screamingly funny farce
21 December 2000 | by (Brooklyn, New York) – See all my reviews

One of the most audacious comedies ever made in Hollywood, this is a screamingly funny satirical farce about the World War II homefront. Betty Hutton, Eddie Bracken, Diana Lynn and William Demarest give phenomenal performances (Lynn is particularly funny as she keeps her composure while everyone else is cracking up around her), and Preston Sturges's writing and direction were never more frenetic and explosive. This is Sturges's most sustained comedy: he starts it in overdrive, and he never lets up. The movie would be exhausting if it weren't so hilarious.

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