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The Miracle of Morgan's Creek back to product details

Sane As A Dane
written by randomcha August 30, 2005 - 11:47 AM PDT
5 out of 6 members found this review helpful
Actually, that's an Eddie Bracken quote from another Sturges classic ("Hail The Conquering Hero"). But you still ought to see THIS one too! No mushy-mouthed yuletide heartwarmer this (without giving away too much of the plot twist), no sir. Instead what we have here is a subversive film that so darn cheerful, you almost wouldn't notice that it's satirizing small town Americana, wartime patriotism and every single one of the Ten Commandments! Sturges sure knew how to pull a fast one.

written by ZenBones August 30, 2005 - 10:47 AM PDT
5 out of 6 members found this review helpful
Where Preston Sturges' "Sullivan's Travels" is a hilarious movie and gives us a soulful understanding of why comedy is so necessary, this movie just knocks you off your feet like a million bowling balls coming at you full speed. It's hard for me to say which one of two is my favorite of his movies, but if I were to add up all of my chuckles and howls on a whoop-o-meter, I'd have to say that this is - dare I say it? - the greatest slapstick movie ever made. There isn't an ounce of subtlety in its comedy, as one can see from the names of the beloved couple - Trudy Kockenlocker and Ignatz Ratzkywatsky (formally Norval Jones). But the movie does have layers of sophistication and cleverness, because it dared to cover the taboo subject of unwed motherhood at a time when you couldn't even say the word "pregnant". How they managed to get away with that is indeed the 'miracle' of Morgan's Creek and of Sturges' fertile, screwball mind. The cast, which includes many Sturges regulars, are each at their top form, including Eddie ("The Spots!") Bracken, who chews up scenery like a neurotic piranha, and the wonderfully grinchy William Demarest, who performs balletic pratfalls with the utmost dignity. I hate to sound like a cliché, but they really don't make 'em like this anymore!


(Average 7.62)
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