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Movie Info

Like his war-hero father who was killed in action during World War I, Woodrow Lafayette Pershing Truesmith (Eddie Bracken) leaves his small town to join the Marines during World War II. But when he's given a medical discharge after only a month, he takes a job at a San Diego shipyard and writes letters to his mother about his fictitious wartime exploits. When he returns home, he discovers that his innocent lies have spread further than he expected.

Cast & Crew

Eddie Bracken
Woodrow Lafayette Pershing Truesmith
Raymond Walburn
Mayor Everett D. Noble
William Demarest
Sgt. Heppelfinger
Bill Edwards
Forrest Noble
Jimmy Conlin
Judge Dennis
Franklin Pangborn
Committee Chairman
Jack Norton
Second Bandleader
Paul Porcasi
Cafe Owner
Al Bridge
Political Boss
Werner R. Heymann
Original Music
Joseph J. Lilley
Original Music
Victor Young
Original Music
John F. Seitz
Cinematographer
Haldane Douglas
Art Direction
Hans Dreier
Art Direction
Stephen Seymour
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Critic Reviews for Hail the Conquering Hero

All Critics (20) | Top Critics (4) | Fresh (19) | Rotten (1)

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  • Feb 08, 2020
    Not really a satire of "Patriotism" but there's still interesting commentary on how easily one can lose a narrative especially when a frenzied mob is involved. Eddie Bracken should have gotten more leading roles like this one.
    Alec B Super Reviewer
  • Jan 24, 2013
    Only the second Sturges film I've seen, following The Lady Eve, which I slightly prefer. The movie about a coming back from war guilt ridden "hero" who lied all the way to being nominated for mayor, has a few laughs, but isn't anything special. It's from 1944, and is unfortunately outdated with his beautiful America attitude. It was nothing more than Ok.
    Daniel D Super Reviewer
  • May 16, 2010
    eddie bracken plays a washed out marine who returns home to a hero's welcome thanks to some service buddies who don't want to disappoint his mother. and then things get complicated. great performances, wonderful writing, classic sturges
    Stella D Super Reviewer
  • Mar 28, 2010
    Frantic comedy that in lesser hands would be ridiculous but Sturges moves it along at such a lively clip that it comes across as silly and charming. An ace cast all perform marvelously but Demarest stands out as marine with a solution, no matter how farfetched, for every problem.
    jay n Super Reviewer

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