Posted by: absntmindedariel | June 1, 2012

The Miracle of Morgan’s Creek (1944)

ImageIf you likeJust Friends, Shallow Hal, Someone Like you

Synopsis– Sweet, simple Norval Jones is head-over-heels for Trudy Kockenlocker, the constable’s daughter. Unluckily for Norval, Trudy only has eyes for the boys going off to war, and she is resolved to give them a worthy send-off. However, after she sneaks out to a going away party for the local soldiers, Trudy wakes up with a vague memory of a wedding, no memory of the groom, and a baby on the way! With no other recourse, Trudy puts all her hopes on the ever-loyal Norval to help her out of this *cough* compromising situation.

Why it’s better– I’m a huge fan of Preston Sturges’ work, and his direction is picture-perfect in this wacky war-time romp. Betty Hutton and Eddie Bracken (the stars of the film) are also right on the money with their prat falls, over-the-top facial expressions, and their balance between manic energy and genuine, quiet emotion. The plot line is ridiculous, and was very unusual for it’s time in its cynical view of American wartime hypocrisy. (The release date of the film was actually delayed a year as the studios tried to decide if the movie was TOO irreverent.)

Try saying the name “Ratsky-Watsky” without laughing.

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