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Heroes for Sale (1933)

Passed | | Drama, War | 17 June 1933 (USA)
A veteran fights drug addiction to make his way in the business world.

Director:

William A. Wellman

Writers:

Robert Lord (screen play), Wilson Mizner (screen play)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Barthelmess ... Tom Holmes
Aline MacMahon ... Mary
Loretta Young ... Ruth
Gordon Westcott ... Roger
Robert Barrat ... Max (as Robert Barratt)
Berton Churchill ... Mr. Winston
Grant Mitchell ... George Gibson
Charley Grapewin ... Pa Dennis (as Charles Grapewin)
Robert McWade ... Dr. Briggs
G. Pat Collins ... Leader of Agitators (as George Pat Collins)
James Murray ... Blind Soldier
Edwin Maxwell ... Laundry Company President
Margaret Seddon Margaret Seddon ... Jeanette Holmes
Arthur Vinton ... Captain Joyce
Robert Elliott ... 'Red' Squad Policeman #1
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Storyline

The saga of Tom Holmes - a man of principles - from the Great War to the Great Depression. Will he ever get a break? His war heroics earn fame and a medal for someone else, and his wounds result in a morphine addiction that costs him a job, his reputation in his home town, and months in a clinic. He goes to Chicago, where he's enterprising and dedicated to his work and his fellow workers, but an invention he champions results in the opposite of his intentions, leading to loss of life and an unjust imprisonment. After release, during the Depression, he must face local "red squads" and vigilante groups jousting out jobless men. Will anyone see his true heroic character? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Taglines:

What Good Are Medals On Tortured Breasts? (Print Ad-Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,((Pittsburgh, Penna.)) 7 July 1933)

Genres:

Drama | War

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

17 June 1933 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Breadline See more »

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Budget:

$290,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(copyright length) | (Turner library print)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Director William A. Wellman used real hoboes for the fight scene and real laundry workers for the laundry scenes. See more »

Goofs

A newspaper photograph showing the new equipment at the laundry mistakenly identifies Max Brinker as Hans Brinker. See more »

Quotes

Roger Winston: There I was, everybody making a hero of me. I accepted it because I didn't have guts enough to refuse it... It went on, and on - the honors piled up. And every one I got made it more impossible to tell the truth. I couldn't let go. I know that all my promotions and decorations belong to you. I know that I've stolen the credit from a real hero.
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Featured in Imaginary Witness: Hollywood and the Holocaust (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

Who Cares About Tomorrow?
(uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
Played when Tom first meets Ruth
Also played when Tom and Ruth are waiting for Mary to get ready
Also played when Tom is talking to Bill about Alaska
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Wounded war vet has plenty of problems to overcome
3 November 1998 | by gerrytwoSee all my reviews

In under 65 minutes, "Heroes for Sale" deals with drug addiction, Red Squads, automation, the Great Depression and World War I. This movie's time frame covers the end of the Great War to the election of FDR, and makes some very pointed observations about America along the way. There are no stereotypes in this movie, and except for the sanctimonious fadeout, I would have rated this movie a 10. "Heroes for Sale" was the last movie William Wellman directed under contract at Warner Bros. and he did a great job. With the onset of the production code in July, 1934, this movie was buried because of its treatment of drug addiction. "Heroes for Sale" is a top notch movie ahead of its time.


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