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With: Eddie Bracken, Betty Hutton, Diana Lynn, William Demarest, Porter Hall, Emory Parnell, Al Bridge, Julius Tannen, Victor Potel, Brian Donlevy, Akim Tamiroff
Written by: Preston Sturges
Directed by: Preston Sturges
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 98
Date: 01/05/1944

The Miracle of Morgan's Creek (1944)

3 1/2 Stars (out of 4)

Knocked Up

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

One of Preston Sturges' zanier films, The Miracle of Morgan's Creek begsthe question: how did he get away with this? The very premise must havesent the censors into fits. After a drunken night out with a group ofsailors, Trudy Kockenlocker (Betty Hutton) wakes up to the realizationthat she's married and pregnant but doesn't know who the man is, norwhere he's gone. Nervous, good-hearted Norval Jones (Eddie Bracken) --with a medical condition that keeps him out of the military -- tries tohelp in every way he can, even attempting to marry her under the nameshe thinks she remembers: Ignatz Ratzkiwatzki. What Sturges got awaywith is all the more remarkable when you consider that even saying theword "pregnant" on film was forbidden at the time, not to mention showing a pregnant woman.Yet even with all his wits working at full-steam, Sturges is unable tokeep this premise going at full speed for a full 98 minutes, and it hitssome dead spots. William Demarest gives a terrifically crankyperformance as Trudy's policeman father, and Brian Donlevy reprises histitle character from Sturges' earlier film The Great McGinty (1940).

DVD Details: Paramount's 2005 DVD comes with a couple of behind-the-scenes featurettes.

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