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Hail the Conquering Hero (9-Aug-1944)

Director: Preston Sturges

Writer: Preston Sturges

Music Score: Werner Heymann

Keywords: Comedy

Ineligible for the Marines due to his 4-F classification, Woodrow Lafayette Pershing Truesmith's very name conjures up expectations of military service and dedication. For the benefit of his mother, Woodrow weaves from whole cloth a story of honorable discharge after injury in battle; Marines he meets like him and decide to back up his story. The rues works all too well: his hometown erects a statue and there is talk of running for political office. Sturges received an Oscar nomination for Best Screenplay.

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Eddie Bracken
7-Feb-1915 14-Nov-2002 Hail the Conquering Hero
Georgia Caine
30-Oct-1876 4-Apr-1964 Broadway musical actress
William Demarest
27-Feb-1892 28-Dec-1983 The Great McGinty
Franklin Pangborn
23-Jan-1888 20-Jul-1958 Character actor, 1920s to 1950s
Elizabeth Patterson
22-Nov-1875 31-Jan-1966 Mrs. Matilda Trumbull on I Love Lucy
Ella Raines
6-Aug-1920 30-May-1988 Hail the Conquering Hero
Raymond Walburn
9-Sep-1887 26-Jul-1969 Mr. Deeds Goes to Town


Eddie Bracken   ...   Woodrow Truesmith
Ella Raines   ...   Libby
Raymond Walburn   ...   Mayor Noble
William Demarest   ...   Sergeant
Franklin Pangborn   ...   Committee Chairman
Elizabeth Patterson   ...   Libby's Aunt
Georgia Caine   ...   Mrs. Truesmith
Al Bridge   ...   Political Boss
Freddie Steele   ...   Bugsy
Bill Edwards   ...   Forrest Noble
Harry Hayden   ...   Dr. Bissell
Jimmy Conlin   ...   Judge Dennis
Jimmy Dundee   ...   Corporal


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