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 cant remember his name. Even worse, hes disappeared and she learns shes pregnant!
- Preston Sturges and The Miracle of Morgan's Creek
- Censorship: Morgan's Creek vs. the Production Code
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"The Miracle of Morgan's Creek" is even more outrageous than his other movies. Early in World War II, the heroine, Trudy Kockenlocker (Betty Hutton), goes to a dance for soldiers who are about to leave for the front. She conks her head and in the morning the only thing she can remember is that she married a soldier named Ratzkywatzky or something like that. Since everyone used made up names, that doesn't seem to be a major problem until, a few weeks later, she realizes that they did more than get married on the night of the dance. Norval Jones (Eddie Bracken), a local 4-F, tries to help by dressing in a World War I uniform and pretending to marry Trudy. Soon, Norval is a fugitive from justice, with 19 charges against him. Diana Lynn plays Emmy, Trudy's younger sister, who is apparently the only sane person in town. William Demarest is great as Trudy's father. The humor ranges from sly satire to outrageous subversion of contemporary mores to slapstick and farce.
Sturges gave fits to the censors and laughter to the audiences and never more so than in "The Miracle of Morgan's Creek."
There must be an amazing backstory about how Sturges got this storyline past the 1940's era censors. All I can say is that the movie is mind-boggling in that respect.