Hail the Conquering Hero
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Hail the Conquering Hero
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… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 95%

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"The deft hand of Preston Sturges molded this film, further proof that he is one of the industry's best writer-directors."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"A scathing delight."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"The premier comedy writer-director of 1940s Hollywood strikes again!"
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"moves beyond slapstick as it's skillfully and energetically put together to tell much about Americana."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Not one of Sturges' best, but good enough."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"Wonderful satire on small-town jingoism, all the more remarkable in that it was made during World War II."
‑ Tom Milne, Time Out
"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."
‑ James Agee, The Nation
"...half a Sturges is better than no Sturges at all."
‑ Chris Barsanti, Filmcritic.com
"Still hilarious Sturges after all these years."
‑ Steve Crum, Kansas City Kansan
"Sturges takes a savage swipe at some of America's most sacred cows in a classic comedy containing some of his most sustained satire."
‑ , Film4
"This riotously funny motion picture, this superlative small-town comedy, is also one of the wisest ever to burst from a big-time studio."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"Hail the Conquering Hero is widely praised as one of Preston Sturges' best films, but I found it tedious and mawkish - the 1944 equivalent of a dopey sitcom."
‑ Christopher Lloyd, Sarasota Herald-Tribune
"Sturges turns upside down the conventions of Hollywood's small-town film: His characters' eccentricity is meant to show the more multifarious and resourceful nature of folks who appear to be bland and ordinary."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"The dialogue of Preston Sturges shoots and shoots, never seems to miss, and convinces you of its genius in around about a minute."
‑ Ian Waldron-Mantgani, UK Critic
"Sturges veteran Demarest is at his peak here, as is Bracken, whose desperation is hysterical."
‑ Marjorie Baumgarten, Austin Chronicle
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