Hail the Conquering Hero

"Excellent"

Hail the Conquering Hero Review


Preston Sturges' blatant allegory about a man (Bracken) who returns from WWII boot camp after a hay fever attack but inadvertently passes himself off as a war hero and ends up in a race for his local mayoral seat is as apt as any political movie ever made. Too bad Sturges uses the one-note "mistaken identity" joke a bit too much, making the whole production a bit too obvious. But overall this 1944 comedy is vintage screwball with a touch of sophistication. Bracken is great, but Ella Raines as the girl he left behind steals the show.


Hail the Conquering Hero

Facts and Figures

Run time: 101 mins

In Theaters: Wednesday 9th August 1944

Distributed by: MCA Universal Home Video

Production compaines: Paramount Pictures

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 4 / 5

Rotten Tomatoes: 95%
Fresh: 18 Rotten: 1

IMDB: 7.8 / 10

Cast & Crew

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Starring: as Woodrow Truesmith, as Libby, as Mayor Everett D. Noble, as Sgt. Heppelfinger, as Reception Committee Chairman, as Martha - Libby's Aunt, Georgia Caine as Mrs. Truesmith, Al Bridge as Political Boss, as Bugsy, Bill Edwards as Forrest Noble, Harry Hayden as Doc Bissell, Jimmy Conlin as Judge Dennis, Jimmie Dundee as Cpl. Candida, Chester Conklin as Western Union Man (uncredited), Eddie Hall as Man Swigging Beer at the Bar (uncredited), Tom McGuire as Town Councilman (uncredited), Frank Moran as Town Painter (uncredited), Dewey Robinson as Train Conductor (uncredited), Robert Warwick as Marine Colonel (uncredited)

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