The Miracle of Morgan's Creek

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The Miracle of Morgan's Creek is a 1944 screwball comedy film written and directed by Preston Sturges, starring Eddie Bracken and Betty Hutton, and featuring Diana Lynn, William Demarest and Porter Hall. Brian Donlevy and Akim Tamiroff reprise their roles from Sturges' 1940 film The Great McGinty.

The Miracle of Morgan's Creek, which was filmed in 1942 and early 1943, but not released until 1944, was nominated for a 1945 Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay, and in 2001 it was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant". The film ranks #54 on the American Film Institute's 100 Years... 100 Laughs list of the top 100 funniest films in movie history.

The 1958 film Rock-A-Bye Baby, starring Jerry Lewis, was loosely based on The Miracle of Morgan's Creek. Preston Sturges received a credit for that film, but did not actually participate in the project.

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Trudy Kockenlocker (Betty Hutton), a small-town girl with a soft spot for soldiers, wakes up one morning after a wild farewell party for a group of them to find herself mysteriously married to a soldier named "Ratzkiwatzki" – or something like that – and soon learns that she is pregnant as well. Norval Jones (Eddie Bracken), a local 4-F boy who has been in love with Trudy for years, steps in to help out, but Trudy's father (William Demarest), a policeman, gets involved and complicates matters. Before long, Norval is arrested on 19 different charges, and then finds himself on the run as an escaped prisoner. When Trudy gives birth to sextuplets, Governor McGinty (Brian Donlevy) and The Boss (Akim Tamiroff) provide a phone call which results in a happy ending for everyone.[1][2][3]

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