Preston Sturges' The Miracle of Morgan's Creek
Trudy Kockenlocker (Betty Hutton) feels it's her patriotic duty to dance with departing G.I.s before they ship out, and is dismayed to discover one hung-over morning that she has apparently (according to the evidence of a curtain ring on her finger) married a private whose name she can't exactly recall. What can her devoted 4-F beau (Eddie Bracken) do to help? The Miracle of Morgan's Creek satirizes the wartime idolatry of soldiers and the innocent, faithful girls left behind. Preston Sturges’ small towns are not the pie-baking heartland. The inhabitants are diverse and irritable, not noble, kind or understanding, and show the turmoil beneath the facade of a placid rural life. Rated “Morally objectionable” by the Catholic Legion of Decency, since it’s a film about a girl who got drunk and slept with a soldier, even they had to admit, " it was very funny...from a strictly entertainment standpoint."
Wednesday, August 8