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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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Martha - Libby's Aunt
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Mrs. Truesmith
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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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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 »

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Singer: I got to have cooperation. I sing for him in seven flats. And he
[indicating bandleader]
Singer: won't play it in seven flats.
American Legion Bandleader: We don't know how to play in seven flats. We're not musicians.
Singer: You don't have to tell me.
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References The Miracle of Morgan's Creek (1944) See more »

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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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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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