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Hail the Conquering Hero (1944)



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"Politics is a very peculiar thing . . . if they want you, they want you. They don't need reasons anymore. They find their own reasons. It's just like when a girl wants a man."

This great Preston Sturges farce is about a man discharged from the marines due to a health condition, but doesn't return home for over a year because he's ashamed. He meets up with six other marines who encourage him to go back home, roping in to a plot so he can return a hero. Little would he know, the town would go over the top honoring their returning war hero. One can't help but feel sorry for the guy, who was against the plan all along, get into deeper and deeper trouble as the complications start driving him in to a guilt-ridden nervous wreck. Eddie Bracken plays the main character, endearingly uncertain of himself, and a host of Sturges regulars support him.