DVD REVIEWS: Preston Sturges
Ultimately, it's The Miracle of Morgan's Creek (1944) that aficionados point to as fully capturing the peculiar genius of Sturges. The jokes fly fast and furious in a hilarious satire of small-town morals when a spirited young woman (Betty Hutton) wakes up pregnant (and hazy about the details) after a wild sendoff party for departing soldiers.
Beach's picture is a little grainy - and the sound is a bit muffled, so I suggest adjusting your system's tone controls to bring out the midrange and sharpen the dialogue. Creek's picture is sharp and lush by any standards, but it's truly outstanding for 1940s black-and-white, and the soundtrack is clean and clear. Two brief documentaries do a stellar job of explaining the true miracle here: how Sturges got his racy story past the era's censors. Both: [NR] English, Dolby Digital 2-channel mono; letterboxed (1.33:1); single layer.