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The Miracle of Morgan's Creek

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After a wild farewell party for the troops, Trudy Kockenlocker, a small-town girl with a soft spot for American soldiers, wakes up to find that she married someone and can’t remember his name. Even worse, he’s disappeared and she learns she’s pregnant!

Special Features

  • Preston Sturges and The Miracle of Morgan's Creek
  • Censorship: Morgan's Creek vs. the Production Code

Product Details

  • Actors: Eddie Bracken, Betty Hutton, Diana Lynn, William Demarest, Porter Hall
  • Directors: Preston Sturges
  • Writers: Preston Sturges
  • Producers: Preston Sturges, Buddy G. DeSylva
  • Format: Black & White, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: September 6, 2005
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (99 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0009W5J78
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #33,715 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Miracle of Morgan's Creek" on IMDb

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By Westley VINE VOICE on April 23, 2005
Format: VHS Tape
Betty Hutton stars in "The Miracle of Morgan's Creek" as Trudy Kockenlocker, a young small-town girl. As the film opens, Trudy is extremely excited about an upcoming party to send off the local men to fight in WWII. She schemes to attend the party, despite being forbid by her overprotective father (the brilliant William Demarest). As the night goes on, the party gets more and more wild, ending in Betty unexpectedly married and pregnant. The only problem is that she cannot remember getting married or to whom. To solve her dilemma, she resolves to get married to a local boy, the inept and frightened Norval Jones, played by Eddie Bracken. The situation spins completely out of control from here.

"The Miracle of Morgan's Creek" was written and directed by the peerless Preston Sturges. The film is on par with his greatest, such as "Hail the Conquering Hero." Bracken would go on to star "Hail" as well, but his performance here is arguably his best. Playing the nerdy Norvel who "sees spots" when he gets nervous, Bracken is perfect. Betty Hutton also would never have a better role; unfortunately, she really never attained the status she deserved.

The film's humor is rather zesty, and the pregnancy plot is handled in a relative frank manner, making for a bit of a surprise for a 1940s movie. The script manages to be touching as well as funny, eliciting some genuine laughs. In particular, Diana Lynn steals the show as Hutton's precocious teen sister, Emmy. The chemistry between Emmy and her father is fantastic. The film deservedly received an Oscar nomination for Best Writing (Original Screenplay), losing to "Wilson."

Despite its quality, "Miracle" is definitely not as well known as other Sturges classics.
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Format: VHS Tape
In the small town of Morgan's Creek, Trudy Kockenlocker goes to a farewell party to a bunch of soldiers. While dancing she hits her head on a disco ball and is knocked silly. The next morning she wakes up at home feeling like Hell, but that's just the beginning of it: she's pregnant and doesn't even know who the father is! Remember this is 1944! All she can remember is she thinks she married some guy named "Ratzkiwatzki" or something like that. Devastated by this news she doesn't know what to do so she devises a plan to quickly marry Norval Jones, who's been in love with her for years, but when she sees how deeply he's in love she can't trick him like that so...well, I've already told you too much, but take my word for is this movie is hilarious. The first time I saw it I literally laughed until I was crying and my sides hurt so bad I thought I was going to puke.

From a filmmaker's standpoint TMOMC is notable for some great long shots, especially Trudy and Norval's walk when she tell him she's pregnant. It's nearly 4 minutes long and physically covers a lot of ground, but the audience probably never notices it because their too busy laughing at Norval's constant screaming. Also notice how those long scenes are only during the first half of the movie, later on as the excitement grows the shots become shorter and shorter, not to mention a lot more people show up until you have some great Sturges crowd scenes where you have five people talking at once and it's all funny.

I love this movie and cannot say enough things about it. Brilliant script and direction by a true Hollywood master and the acting! How did Eddie Bracken not get at least nominated for an Oscar for his role here? He was hilarious. And lets not forget Sturges normal actors...of his 38 frequent actors 22 were here.
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A smalltown goodtime girl named Trudy Kockenlocker (Betty Hutton) goes off with a group of soldiers before they're sent off to war; the next morning she has vague memories of marrying one of them--someone, she says, like a name like "Ratzskywatzsky"--but with no memory of who exactly or where to find him. Soon after she finds out she's pregnant, and pressures the 4-F boy next door (Eddie Bracken) to help her out of her predicament.

All Preston Sturges comedies are worth your time if only because they all manage to be so funny while also being so innovative from a narrative perspective: Sturges loved playing with stories within stories, and yet does it so simply and hilariously as only to enhance the story's pleasure. (The framing device of the governor hearing the news and sorting all the problems out at the end as deus ex machina seems like a comic trick borrowing from Moliére.) But the story also broke tremendous ground by dint of its subject matter, which only barely got past the Hays Code censors; if you're familiar with the films of the time, the fact that Private Ratzskywatzsky never appears by the story's end to reclaim Trudy or their issue will seem astonishing. (All the same, the film was a huge hit.)

The film has much going for it besides Sturges's direction and writing. Not the least of these is Betty Hutton, who got perhaps the best role she ever had as the overenthusiastic Trudy. Hutton is all but forgotten today, but she was one of the few stars of Broadway musical comedy who made a very successful transition to Hollywood.
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