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Hail the Conquering Hero (1944)

Passed  |   |  Comedy, War  |  9 August 1944 (USA)
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Woodrow is discharged from the military for hay fever, but fabricates receiving an heroic honorable discharge before returning home.

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Mayor Noble
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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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Herói de Mentira  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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One of over 700 Paramount Productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since. 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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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.
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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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Brilliant satire on patriotism
21 December 2000 | by (Brooklyn, New York) – See all my reviews

Preston Sturges's companion piece to The Miracle of Morgan's Creek was this brilliant satire on patriotism and hero worship, with Eddie Bracken giving a touching performance as a 4-F reject whose elaborate system of lies snowballs when he runs into a troop of returning Marines who decide to help him maintain his imposture. Taking a lot of strands from Sturges's previous comedies, this film remains fresh and perceptive, with hilarious insights into politics, family values, and ethics. With the disenchantment with politics in today's society, where is Preston Sturges when we need him?


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