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The Miracle of Morgan's Creek

By Charles Cassady Jr., Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Hilarious WWII comedy flirts with taboos.

Movie NR 1944 99 minutes
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age 13+

Based on 1 parent review

age 13+

Old-fashioned look at a common problem!

My adult children and teens thoroughly enjoyed this movie. We were surprised by its somewhat mature content - a woman suffering from a concussion gets married to a soldier who is shipping out but can't remember doing so and now finds herself pregnant without her husband. However the movie is humorous, offers some great role models, witty dialogue, and an unpredictable ending!

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Long before Knocked Up, there was this classic, rapid-fire comedy about unintended pregnancy and the consequences of casual sexual intercourse. It was made in a Hollywood so strictly ruled by iron-fisted censorship that even using terms like "pregnancy" and "casual sexual intercourse" were forbidden. Director Preston Sturges was a master of rollicking comedies that heavily utilized suggestion, character reaction, and innuendo, and he made this farce surrounding some of the most taboo subjects without holding back. A few of the supporting characters, whose role in the action is rather puzzling, are holdovers from a previous Sturges comedy, the more politically oriented The Great McGinty.

Bracken is hilarious in his nonstop comical meltdown as a jittery but pure-hearted suitor -- so incredibly naïve and innocent he has to be walked, step-by-step, through a jailbreak, not comprehending what's going on. Hutton was a blonde, wholesomely gorgeous singer-actress who has an early scene here lip-syncing to a record that could stand by itself as one of Hollywood's funniest moments. Ever. Even with the laugh-out-loud stuff, the basic pathos of these folks, trying so hard to make backpedal from the consequences of one reckless night, is touching as it convulsive.

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