The Great Moment
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After producing, writing and directing one hit film after another, Preston Sturges finally misfired with the biopic The Great Moment. Sturges was always fascinated with the saga of W.T.G. Morton, the 19th century Boston dentist who, after inventing the first truly effective anesthesia, was forced to give up his proprietary interest in the invention and ended up dying in poverty and obscurity. Joel McCrea stars as Morton, a young oral surgeon determined to find a painless method for exracting teeth-which he does, virtually by accident. Betty Field costars as Morton's faithful spouse… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 83%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Recut by the studio and generally considered to be a failure, it's nevertheless an oddly moving film that sticks obstinately and agreeably in the mind."
‑ Derek Adams, Time Out
"Director Sturges, better known for his comedies, handles the drama and story well."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Perhaps scientific inspiration is not conventionally reverenced in this film. But, at least, Mr. Sturges has triumphed over stiffness in screen biography."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"A very agreeable biopic that is both delightfully comical and insightfully touching."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"One of lesser known gems by master Preston Sturges."
‑ Steve Crum,
"An interesting failure of a movie."
‑ , Film4
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