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Hail the Conquering Hero (1944)

Passed  -  Comedy | War  -  9 August 1944 (USA)
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Having been discharged from the Marines for a hayfever condition before ever seeing action, Woodrow Lafayette Pershing Truesmith (Eddie Bracken) delays the return to his hometown, feeling ... See full summary »

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Woodrow Truesmith
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Raymond Walburn ...
Mayor Noble
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Franklin Pangborn ...
Reception Committee Chairman
Elizabeth Patterson ...
Martha - Libby's Aunt
Georgia Caine ...
Mrs. Truesmith
Al Bridge ...
Political Boss
Freddie Steele ...
Bugsy
Bill Edwards ...
Forrest Noble
Harry Hayden ...
Doc Bissell
Jimmy Conlin ...
Judge Dennis
Jimmie Dundee ...
Cpl. Candida
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Having been discharged from the Marines for a hayfever condition before ever seeing action, Woodrow Lafayette Pershing Truesmith (Eddie Bracken) delays the return to his hometown, feeling that he is a failure. While in a moment of melancholy, he meets up with a group of Marines who befriend him and encourage him to return home to his mother by fabricating a story that he was wounded in battle with honorable discharge. They make him wear a uniform complete with medals and is pushed by his new friends into accepting a Hero's welcome when he gets home where he is to be immortalized by a statue that he doesn't want, has songs written about his heroic battle stories, and ends up unwillingly running for mayor. Despite his best efforts to explain the truth, no one will listen. Written by J. Adam Ingle

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MIRACLES DO HAPPEN! (original print ad - all caps)

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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Al Bridge is listed in the credits as the "Political Boss", but he is referred to by first name as "Jake". Jake sends out an enquiry by telegram to the San Diego Marine Base and receives a telegram reply that is addressed to "JACOB F BRIDGE". See more »

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Camera shadow on the backs of citizens when Woodrow comes out of the house after being nominated for mayor. See more »

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Sgt. Heppelfinger: I tell you it'll all blow over. Everything is perfect - except for a couple of details.
Woodrow Lafayette Pershing Truesmith: They hang people for a couple of details!
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Referenced in The Patty Duke Show: The Conquering Hero (1963) See more »

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There's No Place Like Home (Home, Sweet Home)
(1823) (uncredited)
Music partly composed, and arranged by H.R. Bishop from a Sicilian air
Played by the band at the railroad station
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Preston Sturges just could not go wrong
22 June 2001 | by (Saint Paul, MN) – See all my reviews

Yet another perfect film from Preston Sturges, Hail the Conquering Hero is perhaps his most touching film, too. If you've seen Miracle at Morgan's Creek, then you have to see this one, and vice versa. They are sister films: Bracken plays a young sap who couldn't fight in WWII because of health reasons. Where Miracle was mostly about Bracken's quest to win a girl who's dumbstruck at the sight of a man in uniform, Hail deals itself an even better hand. Bracken's in a tight situation. The struggles are both comic and poignant. 10/10


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