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Hail the Conquering Hero (1944)

Passed | | Comedy, War | 1944 (Turkey)
Woodrow is discharged from the military for hay fever, but fabricates receiving an heroic honorable discharge before returning home.

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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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Herói de Mentira  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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Trivia

As the marines are leaving the Oakridge station, a billboard behind them is advertising The Miracle of Morgan's Creek (1944), another film by Preston Sturges. See more »

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William Demarest's character is call "Sarge" by one of his Marine Corps mates, Marines never refer to their sergeants as "Sarge". See more »

Quotes

Mrs. Truesmith: Why can't you wear your uniform for a little while?
Libby's Aunt: You look so nice in it.
Woodrow Lafayette Pershing Truesmith: I just got through explaining it's against regulations.
Mrs. Truesmith: Well, I think that's perfectly ridiculous.
Libby: So do I.
Mrs. Truesmith: Your grandfather wore his Civil War uniform the rest of his life.
Libby's Aunt: Kept having new ones made.
Mrs. Truesmith: Said it helped remind people that brother fought brother.
Woodrow Lafayette Pershing Truesmith: [looking at Sgt. Heppelfinger] Well his case was different!
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We Want Woodrow
(1944) (uncredited)
Music and Lyrics by Preston Sturges
Arranged by Charles Bradshaw\b
Sung by the crowd
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IMHO, Sturges's best
10 January 2002 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

Sure, I loved "The Palm Beach Story", "Sullivan's Travels", "The Lady Eve", "Miracle of Morgan's Creek", etc., but "Hail the Conquering Hero" holds up best for me. A brilliantly written comedy with very good performances from everyone. I really have nothing else to say except I think it's really pathetic that only 197 people have seen this movie and bothered to vote on it, while the garbage Hollywood serves us today gets thousands of votes. Don't settle for garbage! See THIS movie!


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