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Trailers from Hell: Sam Hamm on Preston Sturges' Defiant Romp 'The Miracle of Morgan's Creek'

Photo of Trailers From Hell By Trailers From Hell | Thompson on Hollywood May 6, 2013 at 11:26AM

This week at Trailers from Hell, Sam Hamm discusses Preston Sturges' final film for Paramount, "The Miracle of Morgan's Creek."
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'The Miracle of Morgan's Creek'
'The Miracle of Morgan's Creek'

This week at Trailers from Hell, Sam Hamm discusses Preston Sturges' final film for Paramount, "The Miracle of Morgan's Creek."

A wild night on the town with departing soldiers leaves small town girl Trudy Kockenlocker with child--but she can't remember who the father is, so the lovestruck schnook Norval Jones is recruited to protect her honor. Although it was Paramount's biggest hit of 1944 (after being held on the shelf for a year), Preston Sturges' defiantly pre-code-style romp was his final film for the studio and the end of his unprecedented streak of auteurist comedy classics. 

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.