Heroes for Sale


Heroes for Sale

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What isn't Heroes for Sale about? Within its 71-minute time frame, this film (co-written by "professional cynic" Wilson Mizner) tackles such issues as disenfranchised war veterans, misguided hero worship, drug addiction, the Depression, capitalism, labor relations and communism. Richard Barthelmess plays a wounded war hero whose hospital stay has turned him into a morphine junkie. He wanders from town to town looking for work during the Depression, only to be turned away with a "we've got our own to watch out for!" Eventually, Barthelmess befriends millionaire-in-the-making Robert H. Barrat, who has invented a revolutionary washing machine. Becoming Barrat's partner, Barthelmess attempts to quell a strike by workers who've been stirred up by Red agitators. With all this going on, Barthelmess still finds time to romance Loretta Young. Heroes for Sale is very much a product of its time, though its entertainment value has remained solid for well over six decades.


Richard Barthelmess
as Thomas 'Tom' Holmes
Loretta Young
as Ruth Loring Holmes
Aline MacMahon
as Mary Dennis
Gordon Westcott
as Roger Winston
Robert H. Barrat
as Max Brinker
Berton Churchill
as Mr. Winston
Grant Mitchell
as George W. Gibson
Robert McWade
as Dr. Briggs
James Murray
as Blind Man
Edwin Maxwell
as President of the Laundry
Margaret Seddon
as Mrs. Holmes
Arthur Vinton
as Capt. Joyce
Douglas Dumbrille
as Chief Engineer
Lee Phelps
as Ed Brady
Guy Usher
as Constable
G. Pat Collins
as Head Striker
Robert Elliott
as 'Red' Squad Policeman
Frank Darien
as Hero Greeter
Tammany Young
as Drug Peddler
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