The Miracle of Morgan's Creek (1944) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Miracle of Morgan's Creek1944

The Miracle of Morgan's Creek (1944)



Critic Consensus: The Miracle of Morgan's Creek finds director Preston Sturges at his most zanily subversive -- not to mention hilarious.

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This wild, once-controversial comedy stars Betty Hutton as Trudy Kockenlocker, a man-crazy single girl whose favorite pastime involves entertaining every visiting GI in town. One morning after a particularly wild night, Trudy labors under the apprehension that last eve, she'd married a soldier named Ratzkywatzky or something. Evidently something had happened that night, for soon Trudy discovers that she's pregnant. She hides this information from her bombastic policeman father (William Demarest), and before long, Trudy's on-again, off-again boyfriend, hapless bank clerk Norval Jones (Eddie Bracken), gets tapped to be the father of the unborn child. He takes the assumed name Ratzkywatzky and poses as a GI (in a World War I uniform!). Unfortunately, this only leads to further complications. Disasters pile up thick and fast, and before long Norval is facing arrest on a variety of charges. Then the miracle of the title occurs. This vintage Preston Sturges farce plays so fast and loose with the censorial restrictions of mid-1940s Hollywood that critic James Agee was moved to comment that, "the Hays office must have been raped in its sleep." As usual, Sturges populates his cast with steadfast members of his stock company-- including, in guest roles, Brian Donlevy and Akim Tamiroff, the stars of his previous film, The Great McGinty. Originally filmed in 1942, Miracle was held from release for an inordinate period of time. The picture was remade (and considerably laundered) as the 1958 Jerry Lewis vehicle Rock-a-bye Baby. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

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Eddie Bracken
as Norval Jones
Betty Hutton
as Trudy Kockenlocker
William Demarest
as Constable Edmund Kockenlocker
Diana Lynn
as Emmy Kockenlocker
Brian Donlevy
as Governor McGinty
Akim Tamiroff
as The Boss
Porter Hall
as Justice of the Peace
Al Bridge
as Mr. Johnson
Emory Parnell
as Mr. Tuerck
Alan Bridge
as Mr. Johnson
Julius Tannen
as Mr. Rafferty
Victor Potel
as Newspaper Editor
Almira Sessions
as Justice's Wife
Georgia Caine
as Mrs. Johnson
George Melford
as US Marshal
Jimmy Conlin
as The Mayor
Harry Rosenthal
as Mr. Schwartz
Budd Fine
as 2nd MP
Byron Foulger
as McGinty's Secretary
Arthur Hoyt
as McGinty's Secretary
Nora Cecil
as Head Nurse
Jack Norton
as Man Opening Champagne
Joe Devlin
as Mussolini
Kenneth Gibson
as Secret Service man
Keith Richards (II)
as Secret Service man
Hal Craig
as State Police
Roger Creed
as State Police
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Critic Reviews for The Miracle of Morgan's Creek

All Critics (28) | Top Critics (7)

Sturges' no-holds-barred comic cristicism of American Forces abroad is still challenging and funny.

December 10, 2014 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Done in the satirical Sturges vein, and directed with that same touch, the story makes much of characterization and somewhat wacky comedy, plus some slapstick, with excellent photography figuring throughout.

November 13, 2007 | Full Review…

Caustic and chaotic in the arch Sturges manner, it's probably his funniest and most smilingly malicious film.

November 13, 2007

Great verbal gags and non-sequiturs, fast-paced action, and a thorough irreverence for all things deemed respectable -- politicians, policemen and magistrates included -- make it a lasting delight.

June 24, 2006 | Full Review…

Mr. Sturges as author and director, is thoroughly up to his stinging style in this film.

May 20, 2003 | Full Review…

This is the master of subversion's most subversive work.

March 10, 2003 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Miracle of Morgan's Creek


Been waiting to see this for awhile, simply for it's rep. Imagine my surprise when I finally gleaned the subject matter. Betty Hutton is bored to tears by local swain, Eddie Bracken, but excited with the possibility of partying with soldiers who're spending their last night before going to war. And so she uses Bracken to get around her protective dad (William Demerest, who practically steals the show) dumps Bracken at a movie theater triple feature, and then proceeds to party it up with an entire regiment. I fully blame Sturges for this ... sad, sad, morally repellent, degenerative filth.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

Wow, this is a crazy, hilarious, remarkable movie, really worth watching. I highly recommend checking it out.

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer


A daring, ahead of its time gem that thinly veils premarital sex and illegitimate pregnancy with a phantom marriage and bust-a-gut humor. A milestone in American comedy and a covert triumph for director Preston Sturges. *Note: Betty Hutton is simply fantastic!

Randy Tippy
Randy Tippy

Super Reviewer

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