Although Mc Ginty is impatient, the editor begins to relate a long-winded story: After reading an editorial in the Morgan's Creek newspaper on sudden war marriages, grumpy town policeman Officer Kockenlocker (William Demarest) forbids his nearly adult daughter Trudy (Betty Hutton) from attending a farewell dance for soldiers. Music Score by Leo Shuken and Charles Bradshaw Musical Direction Sigmund Krumgold Art Direction Hans Dreier and Ernst Fegte Edited by Stuart Gilmore Art Direction Hans Dreier and Ernst Fegte Edited by Stuart Gilmore Costumes Edith Head Makeup Artist Wally Westmore Sound Recording Hugo Grenzbach and Walter Oberst Set Decoration Steven Seymour Written and Directed by Preston Sturges PUBLICITY IMAGES AND STILLS Just before Christmas, the editor of the Morgan's Creek newspaper anxiously calls Governor Mc Ginty (Brian Donlevy) to announce some astonishing news.
Some time later, Trudy's worst fears are realized when she learns that she is pregnant.
), it then moves ahead to tell the story of four people whose paths cross to a purpose.
Full of quiet surprise and a lead character (Colpeper) who is enormously problematic, the film makes you look, listen, think and feel intently.
Made in 1944, while the war still raged, A CANTERBURY TALE is a discovery as good as anything I've seen from this amazing film-making team.
Beginning with a lovely link to Chaucer's tales, it uses a marvelous quick cut between like objects that may remind you of something Stanley Kubrick is now heralded for doing (nearly a quarter-century later!
This film rises above any stricture of creed because of the honest humanism of its creators.
This is a "war film," as it appears from the view of civilians who remain at home.After opening a convent in the Himalayas, five nuns encounter conflict and tension - both with the natives and also within their own group - as they attempt to adapt to their remote, exotic surroundings.After a masterful performance as Othello in a London theater, Ralph Richardson is asked for an autograph by Fred, his dresser.A short while later, Fred has joined the Fleet Air Arm (Fly ...See full summary » A 'Land Girl', an American GI, and a British soldier find themselves together in a small Kent town on the road to Canterbury.Trudy, meanwhile, drinks champagne and dances with soldier after soldier.