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This wild, once-controversial comedy stars Betty Hutton as Trudy Kockenlocker, a man-crazy single girl whose favorite pastime involves entertaining every visiting GI in town. One morning after a particularly wild night, Trudy labors under the apprehension that last eve, she'd married a soldier named Ratzkywatzky or something. Evidently something had happened that night, for soon Trudy discovers that she's pregnant. She hides this information from her bombastic policeman father (William Demarest), and before long, Trudy's on-again, off-again boyfriend, hapless bank clerk Norval Jones (Eddie Bracken), gets tapped to be the father of the unborn child. He takes the assumed name Ratzkywatzky and poses as a GI (in a World War I uniform!). Unfortunately, this only leads to further complications. Disasters pile up thick and fast, and before long Norval is facing arrest on a variety of charges. Then the miracle of the title occurs. This vintage Preston Sturges farce plays so fast and loose with the censorial restrictions of mid-1940s Hollywood that critic James Agee was moved to comment that, "the Hays office must have been raped in its sleep." As usual, Sturges populates his cast with steadfast members of his stock company-- including, in guest roles, Brian Donlevy and Akim Tamiroff, the stars of his previous film, The Great McGinty. Originally filmed in 1942, Miracle was held from release for an inordinate period of time. The picture was remade (and considerably laundered) as the 1958 Jerry Lewis vehicle Rock-a-bye Baby. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:January 5, 1944

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Preston Sturges Best Original Screenplay 1944 Nominee
National Board of Review Betty Hutton Best Acting 1944 Winner

Cast

Eddie Bracken
as Norval Jones
Betty Hutton
as Trudy Kockenlocker
Diana Lynn
as Emmy Kockenlocker
William Demarest
as Constable Kockenlocker
Brian Donlevy
as Governor McGinty
Porter Hall
as Justice of the Peace
Al Bridge
as Mr. Johnson
Emory Parnell
as Mr. Tuerck
Akim Tamiroff
as The Boss
Victor Potel
as Newspaper Editor
Esther Howard
as Sally
Almira Sessions
as Justice of the Peace's Wife
John Farrell MacDonald
as Sheriff
Julius Tannen
as Mr. Rafferty
Frank Moran
as First M.P.
Torben Meyer
as Doctor
George Melford
as US Marshal
Jan Buckingham
as Nurse
Nora Cecil
as Head Nurse
Chester Conklin
as Pete
Jimmy Conlin
as The Mayor
Joe Devlin
as Mussolini
Byron Foulger
as McGinty's Secretary
Kenneth Gibson
as Secret Service man
Arthur Hoyt
as McGinty's Secretary
Judith Lowry
as Nurse
Jack Norton
as Man Opening Champagne
Harry Rosenthal
as Mr. Schwartz
Freddie Steele
as Soldier
Bobby Watson
as Adolf Hitler
Arthur Hoyt
as McGinty's Secretary
Nora Cecil
as Head Nurse
Jan Buckingham
as Nurse
Freddie Steele
as Soldier
Byron Foulger
as McGinty's Secretary
Chester Conklin
as Pete
Harry Rosenthal
as Mr. Schwartz
Joe Devlin
as Mussolini
Jack Norton
as Man Opening Champagne
Judith Lowry
as Nurse
Jimmy Conlin
as The Mayor
Kenneth Gibson
as Secret Service man

Crew

Preston Sturges
Director
Preston Sturges
Producer
Preston Sturges
Screenwriter
John F. Seitz
Cinematographer
Leo Shuken
Composer (Music Score)
Charles Bradshaw
Composer (Music Score)
Sigmund Krumgold
Musical Direction/Supervision
Stuart Gilmore
Editor
Ernst Fegte
Art Director
Hans Dreier
Art Director
Stephen Seymour
Set Designer
Edith Head
Costume Designer
Hugo Grenzbach
Sound/Sound Designer
Wally Westmore
Makeup
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