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Heroes for Sale (1933)

 |  Drama, War  |  17 June 1933 (USA)
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The saga of Tom Holmes - a man of principles - from the Great War to the Great Depression. Will he ever get a break? His war heroics earn fame and a medal for someone else, and his wounds ... See full summary »

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Tom
Aline MacMahon ...
Mary
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Ruth
Gordon Westcott ...
Roger
Robert Barrat ...
Max (as Robert Barratt)
Berton Churchill ...
Mr. Winston
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George Gibson
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Pa Dennis (as Charles Grapewin)
Robert McWade ...
Dr. Briggs
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Leader of Agitators (as George Pat Collins)
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Blind Soldier
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Laundry Company President
Margaret Seddon ...
Jeanette Holmes
Arthur Vinton ...
Captain Joyce
Robert Elliott ...
'Red' Squad Policeman #1
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The saga of Tom Holmes - a man of principles - from the Great War to the Great Depression. Will he ever get a break? His war heroics earn fame and a medal for someone else, and his wounds result in a morphine addiction that costs him a job, his reputation in his home town, and months in a clinic. He goes to Chicago, where he's enterprising and dedicated to his work and his fellow workers, but an invention he champions results in the opposite of his intentions, leading to loss of life and an unjust imprisonment. After release, during the Depression, he must face local "red squads" and vigilante groups jousting out jobless men. Will anyone see his true heroic character? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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$290,000 (estimated)
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Director William A. Wellman used real hoboes for the fight scene and real laundry workers for the laundry scenes. See more »

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When Ruth arrives by taxicab at the scene of the riot, the camera moves toward the cab and she is seen letting herself out from the back seat of the passenger side. However, after a jump cut, the driver is reaching around from the front seat of the cab and opening the door for her. See more »

Quotes

Roger Winston: There I was, everybody making a hero of me. I accepted it because I didn't have guts enough to refuse it... It went on, and on - the honors piled up. And every one I got made it more impossible to tell the truth. I couldn't let go. I know that all my promotions and decorations belong to you. I know that I've stolen the credit from a real hero.
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America
(uncredited)
aka "My Country 'Tis of Thee" (1832)
Music from "God Save the King" (1744)
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Played by the band welcoming home Major Winston
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A compelling, schizophrenic slice of depression era bleakness directed by William Wellman.
25 July 2001 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Interesting, bleak depression-era story of man whose life swings back and forth from success to horrible tragedy. A lot like WILD BOYS OF THE ROAD, another great but weird slice of depression era bleakness directed by William Wellman. Here, Richard Barthelmess survives WWI only to get addicted to morphine, rises to the top of the business world before he's cheated out of his work, and that's just the beginning of his troubles. The portrait of labor strife, Bolshevik organizers, and violent oppression by the cops presents a far more political portrait of the depression from the perspective of the poor than usually seen in these films. It's a schizophrenic but fascinating film, bouncing between goofy comedy, heavy tragedy, and gritty, grim resolve. The armies of homeless men tramping the rails and the countryside is an image that won't go away soon.


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