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James Urbaniak: Betty Hutton was Jack Black's spiritual foremother

miracle at morgans crk1.jpgActor James Urbaniak recalls Betty Hutton’s vivid perf style: “With her super-amped comic energy, musical chops and everygal persona, Betty Hutton was Jack Black’s spiritual foremother.” Urbaniak finds a YouTube link to ” a not particularly interesting novelty number… that nevertheless offers a typical example of her this-one-goes-to-eleven approach to performing… The bittersweet flipside [is] the Preston Sturges masterpiece The Miracle of Morgan’s Creek, wherein her boy-crazy Trudy Kockenlocker (!) gets knocked up by an anonymous soldier after a shipping-out party. In that relentless comedy machine of a movie she brings moments of quiet vulnerability that make you genuinely care about her.” [More at the link.]

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