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The Miracle of Morgan’s Creek

Released 1944
Distributor Paramount

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. Because of its controversial reputation it became the only pre-49 Paramount talkie not sold to MCA for tv distribution. Remade by Frank Tashlin in 1958 as Rock-a-Bye Baby.

About Sam Hamm

Failed cartoonist Sam Hamm turned to screenwriting when he realized he would never be able to draw like Alex Toth. His feature credits include Never Cry Wolf, Batman, Batman Returns, and Monkeybone. Hamm also created the short-lived television series M.A.N.T.I.S. in collaboration with Sam Raimi. Most recently, he has written two episodes of the cable series Masters of Horror for director Joe Dante: Homecoming (for which he won a Best Screenplay award at the Sitges International Film Festival) and The Screwfly Solution.