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The Miracle of Morgan's Creek

The Miracle of Morgan's Creek
The Miracle of Morgans Creek 1944 poster.jpg
1944 Theatrical Poster
Directed by Preston Sturges
Produced by Preston Sturges
Written by Preston Sturges
Starring Eddie Bracken
Betty Hutton
Music by Score:
Charles Bradshaw
Leo Shuken
Gil Grau (uncredited)
Preston Sturges
Ted Synder
Cinematography John F. Seitz
Edited by Stuart Gilmore
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release date
January 5, 1944 (New York City)
January 19, 1944 (U.S.)
Running time
99 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $775,000
Box office $9 million (US)

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.

This is one of the few sound films before 1950 of Paramount that do not belong to EMKA, along with Sorry, Wrong Number and The Buccaneer.

  • "The Bell in the Bay" – music and lyrics by Preston Sturges
  • "Sleepy Summer Days" – music by Ted Snyder, lyrics by Preston Sturges.


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