The Miracle of Morgan’s Creek
1944 Theatrical Poster
Gil Grau (uncredited)
John F. Seitz
January 5, 1944 (New York City)
January 19, 1944 (U.S.)
$9 million (US)
The Miracle of Morgan’s Creek is a 1944 screwball comedy film written and directed by Preston Sturges, starring Eddie Bracken and Betty Hutton, and featuring Diana Lynn, William Demarest and Porter Hall. Brian Donlevy and Akim Tamiroff reprise their roles from Sturges’ 1940 film The Great McGinty.
The Miracle of Morgan’s Creek, which was filmed in 1942 and early 1943, but not released until 1944, was nominated for a 1945 Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay, and in 2001 it was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant”. The film ranks #54 on the American Film Institute’s 100 Years… 100 Laughs list of the top 100 funniest films in movie history.
The 1958 film Rock-A-Bye Baby, starring Jerry Lewis, was loosely based on The Miracle of Morgan’s Creek. Preston Sturges received a credit for that film, but did not actually participate in the project.
This is one of the few sound films before 1950 of Paramount that do not belong to EMKA, along with Sorry, Wrong Number and The Buccaneer.
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Trudy Kockenlocker (Betty Hutton) is a small-town girl with a soft spot for soldiers. She wakes up one morning after a wild farewell party for a group of them to find that while drunk the night before, she married a soldier whose name she can’t remember, except that “it had a z in it. Like Ratzkywatzky […] or was it Zitzkywitzky?” She believes they both used fake names and she doesn’t know how to get in touch with him or even what he looks like.
The matter is complicated when she learns that she became pregnant that night as well. Norval Jones (Eddie Bracken), a local 4-F boy who has been in love with Trudy for years, steps in to help out, but Trud