The Great Moment

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Universal Pictures Released 1944

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The Great Moment

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Director:
Preston Sturges
Released:
1944
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The Great Moment is a 1944 biographical film based on the life of Dr. William Thomas Green Morgan (Joel McCrea), a 19th century dental surgeon and discoverer of the anesthetic properties of ether. The script is based on the 1940 book, The Triumph Over Pain, by René Fülöp-Miller. Directed by Preston Sturges, The Great Moment follows the career of Dr. Morgan who dreams of discovering a method of removing teeth without pain. When he finds that ether, a common cleaning product of the time, has the effect of safely making his patients unconscious, he invents a delivery method, and tests his technique on a music teacher friend (William Demarest), whose life is made miserable by chronic tooth pain. After demonstrating his discovery to eminent surgeon John C. Warren (Harry Carey), Morgan's fame grows, and he is urged to release the formula of his discovery, until then known only to him and his wife (Betty Field). Reluctantly, he reveals the properties of ether and is hailed a hero, only to have his ideas stolen by the US military. Forced by poverty to sue an Army doctor when denied his patent rights by President Franklin Pierce (Porter Hall), Dr. Morgan is condemned by the medical establishment for taking advantage of wounded soldiers.moreless
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