The Great Moment
The Great Moment (1921)

Based on the true story of W. T. G. Morton, this biographical drama follows the career of young Boston dentist Morton (Joel McCrea) as he begins experimenting with the anesthetic effects of ether. His discovery eventually won him both… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: July 24, 1921
DVD Release Date: November 21, 2006
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Critic Score: 83% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Derek Adams
Time Out

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.

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TV Guide

Director Sturges, better known for his comedies, handles the drama and story well.

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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

Perhaps scientific inspiration is not conventionally reverenced in this film. But, at least, Mr. Sturges has triumphed over stiffness in screen biography.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A very agreeable biopic that is both delightfully comical and insightfully touching.

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Steve Crum

One of lesser known gems by master Preston Sturges.


An interesting failure of a movie.

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Flixster Audience Score: 20% Flixster User Reviews
jay nixon
Okay bio-pic a real change of pace for Sturges but it feels incomplete.
Stephen M
This biopic about William Thomas Green Morton (Joel McCrea), pioneer in the use of ether as a surgical anaesthetic, was a curious but not altogether successful… More