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The Miracle of Morgan's Creek (1943)

Approved | | Comedy, Romance, War | February 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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Preston Sturges

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Preston Sturges
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Eddie Bracken ... Norval Jones
Betty Hutton ... Trudy Kockenlocker
Diana Lynn ... Emmy Kockenlocker
William Demarest ... Constable Edmund Kockenlocker
Porter Hall ... Justice of the Peace
Emory Parnell ... Mr. Tuerck
Al Bridge ... Mr. Johnson (as Alan Bridge)
Julius Tannen ... Mr. Rafferty
Victor Potel ... Newspaper Editor
Brian Donlevy ... Governor McGinty (as McGinty)
Akim Tamiroff ... The Boss
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Storyline

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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Comedy | Romance | War

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

February 1944 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El milagro de Morgan Creek See more »

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Paramount Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Because he could not afford to spend a lot of time on set-ups, Preston Sturges chose John Seitz, who had worked on the lengthy opening to Sullivan's Travels (1941), as cinematographer. He knew he could count on Seitz to shoot long continuous scenes of dialogue and unbroken tracking shots without needing to stop and discuss them. See more »

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Quotes

Constable Kockenlocker: The trouble with kids is they always figure they're smarter than their parents - never stop to think if their old man could get by for 50 years and feed 'em and clothe 'em - he maybe had something up here to get by with - things that seem like brain twisters to you might be very simple for him.
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References Are Husbands Necessary? (1942) See more »

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The Bell in the Bay
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Music and Lyrics by Preston Sturges
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Frantic farce is given the full Sturges treatment...
18 October 2003 | by DoylenfSee all my reviews

This is an amusing farce guaranteed to bring some good hearted laughter as it recounts the story of a small town girl's indiscretion that has to be covered up with a series of lies. Betty Hutton is terrific as the partyloving gal who can't remember the man she married during a drunken joyride. Eddie Bracken as her nerdy but loyal boyfriend has the kind of role he was born to play--as does William Demarest as her outraged father who always has his shotgun ready and complains about having two rambunctious daughters. Diana Lynn shines as Betty's younger sister. Her scenes with William Demarest are among the funniest in the entire film--even though her 14 year-old seems a bit too sensible at such a tender age.

All of the main cast are perfect. Demarest never had a funnier role in his life. His pratfalls are performed as naturally as the great silent comics.

The technique of long takes with lots of dialogue going on must have been very demanding for Hutton and Bracken--but they handle it brilliantly. Many of their scenes are done in one long take and it's amazing how much material and physical comedy they had to memorize for such extended takes.

Some of the storyline seems a bit dated by today's standards but on the whole the film holds up well in the laugh department. I liked it much better than HAIL THE CONQUERING HERO with Bracken in a similar role.

Preston Sturges deserved his nomination for Best Original Screenplay but lost the award to Lamar Trotti for WILSON. Sturges was also nominated the same year for HAIL THE CONQUERING HERO.


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