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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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Trivia

Director William A. Wellman used real hoboes for the fight scene and real laundry workers for the laundry scenes. See more »

Goofs

A newspaper photograph showing the new equipment at the laundry mistakenly identifies Max Brinker as Hans Brinker. See more »

Quotes

Thomas 'Tom' Holmes: You used to hate the capitalists.
Max Brinker: Naturally. That was before I had money.
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The Girl I Left Behind Me
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Played briefly upon the arrival at Winston Manor
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Commie agit-prop from Warner Brothers!
26 April 2000 | by (Oakland CA) – See all my reviews

This is a terrific pre-code drama that is surprisingly leftist, even by the standards of the time. See the capitalist bosses exploit the workers! See the workers march against the bosses! See the cops smash their heads! It's all here, plus a hefty dollop of morphine addiction, in a must see for fans of thirties neo-realism.


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