Hail the Conquering Hero

Hail the Conquering Hero

Director: Preston Sturges Cast: Eddie Bracken, Ella Raines, William Demarest

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Overview

It took nerve for writer/director Preston Sturges to lampoon the whole concept of hero worship in the middle of World War II, but once more Sturges' oddball sense of taste and propriety paid off at the box office in Hail the Conquering Hero. Eddie Bracken plays the son of a World War I Marine hero who is the first in his small town to sign up for military service. When Bracken is discharged from the Marines for hay fever, he hasn't the nerve to go home and tell his mother and the rest of the townsfolk. Fortunately, he is befriended by a bunch of good-hearted Marines, led by sergeant William Demarest. Bracken's new buddies decide to help him save face by accompanying him to his home and telling one and all that Bracken has served valiantly in the Pacific. Lauded as a hero thanks to this subterfuge, the hapless Bracken finds himself being coerced into running for mayor! When he finally does confess the truth, the townspeople decide that only a real hero would own up to his lies in public. As always, Preston Sturges' richly varied supporting cast makes the most of every scene they're in, especially Raymond Walburn as a blustering politico and Franklin Pangborn as a persnickety councilman. Special mention must be made of Ella Raines as a refreshingly non-cliched heroine, and ex-boxer Freddie Steele as a morose Marine with a Mother complex. While Eddie Bracken's nerdish mannerisms can wear on the viewer, he is kept marvelously in check throughout Hail the Conquering Hero.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/10/2011
UPC: 0025192091001
Original Release: 1944
Rating: NR
Source: Universal Studios
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Full Frame]
Time: 1:41:00
Sales rank: 52,642

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Eddie Bracken Woodrow Lafayette Pershing Truesmith
Ella Raines Libby
William Demarest Sergeant
Bill Edwards Forrest Noble
Raymond Walburn Mr. Noble
Jimmie Dundee Corporal
Freddie Steele Bugsy
Georgia Caine Mrs. Truesmith
Al Bridge Political Boss
James Damore Jonesy
Stephen Gregory Bill
Len Hendry Juke
Esther Howard Mrs. Noble
Jimmy Conlin Judge Dennis
Arthur Hoyt Reverend Upperman
Harry Hayden Doc Bissell
Franklin Pangborn Committee Chairman
Victor Potel Progressive Bandleader
Torben Meyer Mr. Schultz
Jack Norton Regular Bandleader
George H. Melford Sheriff
Frank Moran Town Painter
Chester Conklin Western Union Man
Merrill Rodin Alfie
Marjean Neville Mamie
Dot Farley Mamie's Mother
Julie Gibson Singer
Miriam Franklin Dancer
Paul Porcasi Cafe Owner
Charles Moore Porter
Dewey Robinson Conductor
Robert Warwick Marine Colonel
George Anderson Bartender
Pauline Drake Telephone Operator
Maxine Fife Colonel's Daughter
Kenneth Gibson Town Councilman
Mildred Harris Marine Colonel's Wife
Philo McCullough Town Councilman
Tom McGuire Town Councilman
John Sinclair American Legion Bandleader
Franklin Farnum Town Councilman
Elizabeth Patterson Actor

Technical Credits
Preston Sturges Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Haldane Douglas Art Director
Hans Dreier Art Director
Stuart Gilmore Editor
Edith Head Costumes/Costume Designer
Werner Richard Heymann Score Composer
Sigmund Krumgold Musical Direction/Supervision
Walter Oberst Sound/Sound Designer
John F. Seitz Cinematographer
Stephen Seymour Set Decoration/Design
Wally Westmore Makeup

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