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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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Complete credited cast:
Mayor Noble
Reception Committee Chairman
Martha - Libby's Aunt
Mrs. Truesmith
Political Boss
Freddie Steele ...
Bill Edwards ...
Forrest Noble
Harry Hayden ...
Doc Bissell
Jimmy Conlin ...
Judge Dennis
Jimmie Dundee ...
Cpl. Candida


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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Release Date:

1944 (Turkey)  »

Also Known As:

Herói de Mentira  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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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 »


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


Woodrow Lafayette Pershing Truesmith: [eating pancakes for breakfast with the six Marines; Libby enters] Good morning, Libby. Won't you join us in a stack of collision mats - as they say in the good old Marine Corps. - and a cup of jamoke?
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U.S. Marine Corps Hymn
(1859) (uncredited)
(also called "The Marines' Hymn")
Music by Jacques Offenbach from "Genevieve de Brabant" (1868)
Lyrics attributed to L.Z. Phillips (1919)
Played at the railroad station
Also Sung by the mob
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Delightful, piquant war effort
12 August 1999 | by (Yokosuka, Japan) – See all my reviews

This film was delightful and fun! It will lift your spirits - as I imagine it was meant to do in 1944. I enjoy watching films made during WWII - it helps me understand the attitudes and thoughts of the people living and fighting then. The sentiment is occasionally rather precious (for a Sturges film), but that is my quibble. I have always enjoyed watching Sturges' Sullivan's Travels. Watching "Hail the Conquering Hero" has convinced me to find and view more of Sturges' films. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

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