Hail the Conquering Hero
Hail the Conquering Hero (1944)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: August 9, 1944
DVD Release Date: May 10, 2011
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Variety Staff

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

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

A scathing delight.

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TV Guide

The premier comedy writer-director of 1940s Hollywood strikes again!

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Tom Milne
Time Out

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

James Agee
The Nation

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.

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Chris Barsanti

...half a Sturges is better than no Sturges at all.

Bosley Crowther
New York Times

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

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Christopher Lloyd
Sarasota Herald-Tribune

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.

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Emanuel Levy

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 87% Flixster User Reviews
Stella Dallas
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.… More
jay nixon
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… More
Daniel Dolgin
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… More