Friday, August 12, 2016

Preston Sturges series: Screening of “The Miracle of Morgan’s Creek” August 16 at Daystar Center

Preston Sturges series: The Miracle of Morgan’s Creek
Where: The Venue 1550 at the Daystar Center, 1550 S. State Street, Chicago, IL
When: August 16, 2016
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Hosted by Stephen Reginald

The Miracle of Morgan’s Creek (1944) stars Betty Hutton as Trudy Kockenlocker, a small-town girl who goes a little bit wild at party for soldiers going overseas. After dancing the night away and drinking too much “victory lemonade,” Trudy finds herself with a headache and a wedding ring on her finger. She has no recollection of getting married so she sets out to marry childhood friend Norval Jones (Eddie Bracken) who has adored her his entire life. This classic screwball comedy was nominated for a 1944 Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay.

The film features a standout performances from Diana Lynn who plays Trudy’s younger sister and Sturges stock company regulars William Demarest and Porter Hall.


Backstory: Preston Sturges was so impressed with Eddie Bracken’s performance in The Miracle of Morgan’s Creek that he wrote Hail The Conquering Hero for him. Both films were released in 1944.

Have some Joe and Enjoy the Show!
Before the movie, grab a cup of coffee from Overflow Coffee Bar, located within the Daystar Center. You can bring food and beverages into the auditorium; we even have small tables set up next to some of the seats. General Admission: $5 Students and Senior Citizens: $3.

Join the Chicago Film club; join the discussion
Twice a month we screen classic films and have a brief discussion afterward. For more information, including how to join (it’s free), click here. The Venue 1550 is easily accessible by the CTA. Please visit Transit Chicago for more information on transportation options.

Stephen Reginald is a freelance writer and editor. He has worked at various positions within the publishing industry for over 25 years. Most recently he was executive editor for McGraw-Hill’s The Learning Group Division. A long-time amateur student of film, Reginald hosts “Chicago Film Club,” a monthly movie event held in the South Loop, for the past two years. Reginald has also taught several adult education film classes at Facets Film School, Chicago.


Daystar Center located at 1550 S. State St. works through a grassroots network of collaborations and partnerships with individuals and other nonprofit organizations. Through this web, they’re able to provide educational, cultural, and civic activities that enrich and empower their clients, guests, and community members. To learn more about classes and events offered at the Daystar Center, please visit their Web site.
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