Illegitimacy rates are rising in the US. In a seemingly unrelated story, Dreamgirls pastiches the Supremes' career, suggesting that "The Dreams" weren't allowed to sing about social issues...an argument the musical's makers try plump up by not including a song analogous to the Supremes' hit about unplanned pregnancy, "Love Child." And even The Nativity Story has to hint at the heresy that Mary's well-known child was fathered by a Roman soldier...a story based on a Talmudic rumor so notorious that it was parodied in that touching story of the first Noel, The Life of Brian). All these matters suggest the relevance of The Miracle of Morgan's Creek. It is a miracle, this film. Here, cinema's deftest wielder of ensemble comedy repeatedly violated the film production code, making a comedy about unplanned pregnancy. This, at a time when American movies were forbidden by the censors even to show a woman whose belly was swollen with child. ...
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