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directed by Preston Sturges
USA 1944


An unquestionable masterpiece from Sturges' purple period with comedy that is broad, blasphemous and funny as all hell.

Trudy Kockenlocker (a manipulative but sweet Hutton), the daughter of a widowed small-town police constable (a put-upon Demarest) with a soft spot for men in uniform wakes one morning after a wild farewell party for her country's servicemen, to find herself married and pregnant. She has no recollection of who to or how. Enter lovesick tool Norval Jones (a brilliantly gormless Bracken), only too eager to help the woman he's carried a torch for over the years.

And it's breathless, knockabout stuff from here on in, the gags and pratfalls unrelenting. Make no mistake, there's nothing particularly polite here, and none of the heart-warming decency often attributed to other classic screwballs. Sturges lets it all hang out, never passes over a joke and somehow manages to sustain the pace and quality.

Excerpt from Channel 4's capsule located HERE



Theatrical Release: January 5th, 1944

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DVD Review: Paramount - Region 1 - NTSC

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Distribution Paramount Home Video - Region 1 - NTSC
Runtime 1:38:24 
Video 1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 4.87 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s 

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.


Audio English (Dolby Digital 2.0) 
Subtitles English, None

Release Information:
Studio: Paramount Home Video

Aspect Ratio:
Original Aspect Ratio 1.33:1

Edition Details:

• Featurette - Preston Sturges and The Miracle of Morgan's Creek (14:03)
• Censorship: Morgan's Creek vs. the Production Code (7:38)

DVD Release Date: September 6th, 2005

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This is a very good DVD with excellent grey level separation and contrast. Good optional subtitles. The image is sharper than I expected and there is some minor film grain peeking through - impressive job by Paramount. They have also included two nice short supplements in Preston Sturges and The Miracle of Morgan's Creek and  Censorship: Morgan's Creek vs. the Production Code.

Overall this is the best $ / film value of the year. A masterpiece film transferred very well with some decent relevant extras... and at $10 US. Easily the biggest no-brainer purchase of the year. Our highest recommendation!

Gary W. Tooze


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