Hail the Conquering Hero (1944)
Movie: Hail the Conquering Hero
- Director: Preston Sturges
- Stars: ‘Snub’ Pollard, Al Bridge, Arthur Hoyt, Bill Edwards, Charles R Moore, Chester Conklin, Dewey Robinson, Dot Farley, Eddie Bracken, Eddie Hall, Elizabeth Patterson, Ella Raines, Esther Howard, Frank Moran, Franklin Pangborn, Franklyn Farnum, Freddie Steele, George Anderson, Georgia Caine, Hal Taggart, Harry Hayden, Jack Norton, Jim Farley, Jimmie Dundee, Jimmy Conlin, John Sinclair, Julie Gibson, Kenneth Gibson, Len Hendry, Marjean Neville, Maxine Fife, Mildred Harris, Miriam Franklin, Nora Cecil, Paul Porcasi, Pauline Drake, Philo McCullough, Raymond Walburn, Robert Warwick, Stephen Gregory, Tom McGuire, Torben Meyer, Victor Potel, William Demarest
- Release Date: August 09, 1944
- Run Time: 101 mins
- Genre: Comedy, War
Having been discharged from the Marines for a hayfever condition before ever seeing action, Woodrow Lafayette Pershing Truesmith (Eddie Bracken) delays the return to his hometown, feeling that he is a failure. While in a moment of melancholy, he meets up with a group of Marines who befriend him and encourage him to return home to his mother by fabricating a story that he was wounded in battle with honorable discharge. They make him wear a uniform complete with medals and is pushed by his new friends into accepting a Hero’s welcome when he gets home where he is to be immortalized by a statue that he doesn’t want, has songs written about his heroic battle stories, and ends up unwillingly running for mayor. Despite his best efforts to explain the truth, no one will listen.