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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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Complete credited cast:
... Norval Jones
... Trudy Kockenlocker
... Emmy Kockenlocker
... Constable Edmund Kockenlocker
... Justice of the Peace
... Mr. Tuerck
... Mr. Johnson (as Alan Bridge)
... Mr. Rafferty
... Newspaper Editor
... Governor McGinty (as McGinty)
... The Boss
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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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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.33 : 1
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Eddie Bracken later recalled that the studio was being driven crazy by the fact that Preston Sturges would spend the day rehearsing the camera and have nothing shot by 4:00 in the afternoon. However, the actor noted, between 4:00 and 6:00, Sturges would get 11 pages in the can, effectively producing in two hours what many directors shot in three days. See more »

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Emmy: [on taking out $900 from the bank in the middle of the night] It might be wrong but it would be very handy.
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The Bell in the Bay
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Music and Lyrics by Preston Sturges
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Best comedy produced during WWII?
13 January 1999 | by See all my reviews

This movie may be the best comedy produced during World War II, especially in reference to the timing and the language related to the humorous treatment of a serious subject. Eddie Bracken is superb as Norval Jones, and delivers lines in a rapid-fire fashion that intensifes the satire. Betty Hutton as Trudy Kockenlocker is the perfect foil for Norval. Where Norval is witty, Trudy is coy. Norval anticipates problems, Trudy is expedient. Norval is so nervous that he sees "black spots" when agitated, Trudy is calm--though in trouble. And the constant conflict between Emmy (Diana Lynn) and Constable Kockenlocker(William Demarest) is typical of a wisecracking teen and an overly protective widower. There is hardly a funnier scene in movies than the marriage ceremony for Trudy and Norval. The humor in the whole movie seems to improve with each subsequent viewing.


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