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The Miracle of Morgan's Creek

(1944 b 98')

En: 8 Ed: 7

Written and directed by Preston Sturges, a woman gets pregnant with soldiers, and her childhood friend offers to marry her.

Governor McGinty (Brian Donlevy) is called about an emergency in Morgan's Creek, and the newspaper editor tells the story that started with soldiers and girls. Trudy Kockenlocker (Betty Hutton) declines to go out with Norval Jones (Eddie Bracken). Kockenlocker (William Demarest) reads an editorial about the military menace to girls and questions his daughters Emmy (Diana Lynn) and Trudy, whom he forbids to go to a party. Norval gets a call from Trudy, and they go to the movies. She asks him to let her go to the going-away party for the soldiers in his car. Trudy dances with soldiers and takes some to clubs. Norval waits all night and says Trudy was drinking. He takes her home at 8 a.m. Trudy and Emmy stop Kockenlocker from hitting Norval. The soldiers leave town. Trudy says she remembers something about marriage and finds a ring on her finger, but she did not give her real name.

A doctor tells Trudy she is pregnant, and the lawyer Johnson (Al Bridge) says she is married. Emmy suggests that Trudy marry Norval. After a family dinner, Trudy hints that she loves Norval, and he asks her to marry, falling off the porch. He says he has always cared for her. She says she is married, but she does not know to whom. Norval realizes her father will get angry. Emmy learns that Trudy told Norval and cries with her.

Norval works in a bank, and Tuerck tells him to be careful. Norval asks Trudy to marry him, but she considers suicide. Kockenlocker asks Norval when he is wedding Trudy, tells him to be forceful, and fires his gun. Norval tells Trudy she must marry him or tell the truth. Norval gets an idea and an old uniform. He drives Trudy to a justice of the peace and uses the name she half-remembers. They are quickly wed, but Norval signed his own name. Police take them home to Kockenlocker. Johnson tries to defend Norval and tells Kockenlocker to put Norval in jail; but the justice of the peace tells Kockenlocker there was no marriage and rips up the certificate. Trudy tells her father that she is going to have a baby. Kockenlocker tries to get Norval to escape, but Norval says he could not do that. Trudy and Emmy arrive with tools and persuade Norval to go to the bank for his money. The alarm goes off. Trudy and Emmy tie up their father in the jail.

Governor McGinty says Trudy must be married. Norval came back and learns the Kockenlocker family left. Johnson tells Norval of his charges and advises him to leave, but he is arrested. Rafferty tells Trudy, who goes back to tell the truth. Kockenlocker tells the city officials that Trudy is back. She gives birth to six baby boys. McGinty orders Norval released, declares him and Trudy married, promotes Norval in the national guard and makes Kockenlocker police chief. Norval visits Trudy, and Emmy shows him the six babies.

This hilarious farce reflects the peculiar sexual situations that result when so many men are away at war most of the time and men who remain behind often feel guilty and inferior.

Copyright © 2005 by Sanderson Beck

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