Hail the Conquering Hero (1944) - Rotten Tomatoes

Hail the Conquering Hero (1944)




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Movie Info

In this film, Eddie Bracken plays the son of a WWI 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.

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Eddie Bracken
as Woodrow Truesmith
Raymond Walburn
as Mayor Noble
Bill Edwards
as Forrest Noble
Jimmie Dundee
as Corporal
Georgia Caine
as Mrs. Truesmith
Al Bridge
as Political Boss
Alan Bridge
as Political Boss
Esther Howard
as Mrs. Noble
Elizabeth Patterson
as Libby's Aunt
Jimmy Conlin
as Judge Dennis
Arthur Hoyt
as Rev. Upperman
Harry Hayden
as Doc Bissell
Franklin Pangborn
as Committee Chairman
Victor Potel
as Progressive Bandleader
Torben Meyer
as Mr. Schultz
Jack Norton
as Regular Bandleader
John Sinclair
as American Legion Bandleader
Robert Warwick
as Marine Colonel
Chester Conklin
as Western Union Man
Frank Moran
as Town Painter
Tom McGuire
as Town Councilman
Philo McCullough
as Town Councilman
Franklyn Farnum
as Town Councilman
Kenneth Gibson
as Town Councilman
Paul Porcasi
as Manager of Cafe
George Anderson
as Bartender
Mildred Harris
as Marine Colonel's Wife
Dot Farley
as Mamie's Mother
Maxine Fife
as Colonel's Daughter
Pauline Drake
as Telephone Operator
Dewey Robinson
as Conductor
Franklin Farnum
as Town Councilman
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Critic Reviews for Hail the Conquering Hero

All Critics (20) | Top Critics (4)

The deft hand of Preston Sturges molded this film, further proof that he is one of the industry's best writer-directors.

November 13, 2007 | Full Review…

Wonderful satire on small-town jingoism, all the more remarkable in that it was made during World War II.

February 9, 2006
Top Critic

This riotously funny motion picture, this superlative small-town comedy, is also one of the wisest ever to burst from a big-time studio.

May 20, 2003 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

A scathing delight.

January 1, 2000 | Full Review…

A Preston Sturgess comedy can't fail. [Full review in Spanish]

September 17, 2019 | Full Review…

It is a bewilderingly skillful picture, and the skill is used no more brilliantly to tell the story than to cover up the story's weaknesses and those of its author, Preston Sturges.

September 14, 2012 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Hail the Conquering Hero


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 Dolgin
Daniel Dolgin

Super Reviewer

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 Dallas
Stella Dallas

Super Reviewer


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 nixon
jay nixon

Super Reviewer

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