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A Medal for Benny (1945)

Approved | | Drama | 16 April 1945 (USA)
Outcast Benny Martin joined the army to escape public scorn. But when the townspeople learn that he is to receive the Congressional Medal of Honor, they pretend that he and his family are cherished, eminent citizens.

Director:

Irving Pichel

Writers:

Frank Butler (screen play), Jack Wagner (additional dialogue) | 2 more credits »
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 1 win. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview:
Dorothy Lamour ... Lolita Sierra
Arturo de Córdova ... Joe Morales (as Arturo de Cordova)
J. Carrol Naish ... Charley Martin
Mikhail Rasumny ... Raphael Catalina
Fernando Alvarado ... Chito Sierra
Charles Dingle ... Zach Mibbe
Frank McHugh ... Edgar Lovekin
Rosita Moreno ... Toodles Castro
Grant Mitchell ... Mayor of Pantera
Douglass Dumbrille ... General
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Outcast Benny Martin joined the army to escape public scorn. But when the townspeople learn that he is to receive the Congressional Medal of Honor, they pretend that he and his family are cherished, eminent citizens.

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Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

16 April 1945 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Morte de uma Ilusão See more »

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Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on October 15, 1945 with Dorothy Lamour reprising her film role. See more »

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offbeat melodrama
20 June 2005 | by malcolmgswSee all my reviews

This is a strange film.It is a sort of "Hail The Conquering Hero" without the same incisive satire.It highlights the hypocrisy surrounding heroism in WW2.Benny is an outcast in life but a hero in death.In reality his father lives in the slums.However the town want to be shown in a good light so put him in a new home.He subsequently comes to realise that it is just a sham.J.Carroll Naish was nominated for an Oscar.He must have played more types and nationalities than anyone in his era.He is always watchable.In some ways his style of acting is old fashioned as he is rather hammy.It is his performance which which is the highlight along with a larger than usual role for Frank McHugh.


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