After an all-night send-off party for the troops, a small-town girl wakes up to find herself married and pregnant, but with no memory of her husband’s identity. —IMDb
One of Hollywood’s genuinely legendary directors, Preston Sturges redefined the boundaries and meaning of screen comedy as a filmmaker during part of the early ‘40s. The full range of his influence on movies, however, extended far beyond the director’s chair or the success of the pictures that he helmed. Sturges first made his mark in Hollywood as a screenwriter through a series of acclaimed (and still-admired) scripts across the 1930s whose qualities still resonate seven decades later.
The son of a socially prominent couple, he was born Edmund Preston Biden in Chicago in 1898. He had a cosmopolitan upbringing throughout Europe and America, and served in the Air Corps during World War I. He worked for a time in his mother’s cosmetics company before moving into other fields, including inventing. Sturges began writing plays in the late ’20s, creating one major hit, Strictly Dishonorable, which was subsequently filmed twice, the first time in 1931 by John M. Stahl (in a form surprisingly… read more
"The Lady Eve", "Sullivan's Travels", and "The Palm Beach Story" may be more famous, but this sweet, nutty, code busting small town farce is probably Sturges's funniest film. Bracken, Hutton, and Demarest top an ace cast, and look closely at Sturges's direction, it's as confident as ever, with numerous tricky, stylized tracking shots.
Took me years after I first discovered this to get the title or realize who directed it. I do not think you could make this film today with the same sincerity and politeness that is going on in throughout the whole film as this film pulls off the unexpected pregnancy plot very well. I still cannot believe how this movie got made then. Bracken and Hutton are at their best supported by incomparable William Demarest.