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Refocus: the Films of Preston Sturges$
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Jeff Jaeckle and Sarah Kozloff

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781474406550

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474406550.001.0001

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Sturges’s Many Mothers

Sturges’s Many Mothers

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(p.109) Chapter 5 Sturges’s Many Mothers
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Refocus: the Films of Preston Sturges
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Kristine Brunovska Karnick

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474406550.003.0005

A notable aspect of Preston Sturges’s comedies is that they routinely include mothers—though Hollywood comedies, as a whole, include very few of them. Motherhood, for Sturges, is a powerful, and admirable force. This chapter discusses the role of motherhood in two Sturges comedies: The Miracle of Morgan’s Creek and Hail the Conquering Hero, as well as his ideas about motherhood found in the unproduced screenplay for Matrix. Sturges’s ideas about motherhood changed over time, reflecting shifting cultural norms.Through these changes, however, his films and his ideas about motherhood remained intriguing.

Keywords:   Mothers, motherhood, cultural norms, Hollywood, Matrix

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