7.7/10
3,932
43 user 29 critic

Hail the Conquering Hero (1944)

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

Director:

Preston Sturges

Writer:

Preston Sturges
Reviews

Watch Now

From $3.99 on Prime Video

ON DISC
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 4 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Comedy | Romance | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

After an all-night send-off party for the troops, a small-town girl wakes up to find herself married and pregnant, but with no memory of her husband's identity.

Director: Preston Sturges
Stars: Eddie Bracken, Betty Hutton, Diana Lynn
Drama | Music | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A Russian woman living in Memphis with a much older rock-'n'-roll legend experiences a personal awakening when her husband's estranged son comes to visit.

Director: Ira Sachs
Stars: Dina Korzun, Rip Torn, Darren E. Burrows
The Delta (1996)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

Lincoln, who's not yet 18, leads a straight life most of the time: he has a girl friend, goes to dances, jokes with guys. But he also has a secret life, in which he's drawn to dark places ... See full summary »

Director: Ira Sachs
Stars: Shayne Gray, Thang Chan, Rachel Zan Huss
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

The Runeberg family is an ordinary middle class family, with a house in a suburb, a car and three children. By vacationing in a rented house by the sea, the hope is that the tension and ... See full summary »

Director: Susanne Bier
Stars: Loa Falkman, Stina Ekblad, Simon Norrthon
Certificate: Passed Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Dan McGinty has great success in his chosen field of crooked politics, but he endangers it all in one crazy moment of honesty.

Director: Preston Sturges
Stars: Brian Donlevy, Muriel Angelus, Akim Tamiroff
Comedy | Music | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Sir Alfred De Carter suspects his wife of infidelity. While conducting a symphony orchestra, he imagines three different ways of dealing with the situation. When the concert ends, he tries ... See full summary »

Director: Preston Sturges
Stars: Rex Harrison, Linda Darnell, Rudy Vallee
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

After an accident Raymond has gone blind .His family treats him like a child .But fortunately ,a nun comes to his rescue.She works in a center where blind people learn to read with the Braille alphabet.

Director: Georges Lacombe
Stars: Jean Gabin, Simone Valère, Gérard Oury
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

When the co-workers of an ambitious clerk trick him into thinking he has won $25,000 in a slogan contest, he begins to use the money to fulfill his dreams. What will happen when the ruse is discovered?

Director: Preston Sturges
Stars: Dick Powell, Ellen Drew, Raymond Walburn
Les ogres (2015)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

They go from town to town, a big top on their backs, their show over their shoulder. They bring dreams and disorder to our lives. They are ogres, giants. They've devoured the theater and ... See full summary »

Director: Léa Fehner
Stars: François Fehner, Marion Bouvarel, Marc Barbé
The Lady Eve (1941)
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

A trio of classy card sharks targets the socially awkward heir to brewery millions for his money, until one of them falls in love with him.

Director: Preston Sturges
Stars: Barbara Stanwyck, Henry Fonda, Charles Coburn
Drama | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Famous swimmer Nikhil Kapoor (Suri) deals with the repercussions of announcing the fact that he has HIV/AIDS.

Director: Onir
Stars: Sanjay Suri, Juhi Chawla, Purab Kohli
Crime | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

The tempestuous love story between Fernando, an older man who has recently returned to his crime-ridden drug capitol hometown of Medellin, Colombia and the gun-happy 16-year-old assassin ... See full summary »

Director: Barbet Schroeder
Stars: Germán Jaramillo, Anderson Ballesteros, Juan David Restrepo
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
Eddie Bracken ... Woodrow Truesmith
Ella Raines ... Libby
Raymond Walburn ... Mayor Everett J. Noble
William Demarest ... Sgt. Heffelfinger
Franklin Pangborn ... Reception Committee Chairman
Elizabeth Patterson ... Aunt Martha
Georgia Caine ... Mrs. Truesmith
Al Bridge ... Political Boss
Freddie Steele Freddie Steele ... Bugsy
Bill Edwards ... Forrest Noble
Harry Hayden ... Doc Bissell
Jimmy Conlin ... Judge Dennis
Jimmie Dundee ... Cpl. Candida
Edit

Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

How to Top the Records of "Miracle of Morgan's Creek" with Paramount's ["HAIL THE CONQUERING HERO"] See more »

Genres:

Comedy | War

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

September 1944 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Herói de Mentira See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

"The Screen Guild Theater" broadcast a 30 minute radio adaptation of the movie on November 5, 1945 with Eddie Bracken reprising his film role. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Woodrow Lafayette Pershing Truesmith: I knew the Marines could do almost anything, but I never knew they could do anything like this.
Bugsy: You got no idea!
See more »

Connections

Referenced in Matthew Blackheart: Monster Smasher (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

Home to the Arms of Mother
(1944) (uncredited)
Music and Lyrics by Preston Sturges
Orchestral arrangement by Charles Bradshaw
Vocal arrangements by Joseph J. Lilley
Sung by Julie Gibson and The Guardsmen
Played also in the score
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Delightful, piquant war effort
12 August 1999 | by Pat-159See 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.


11 of 14 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 43 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows to Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse all our free movies and TV series



Recently Viewed