History Film / HailTheConqueringHero

8th Jun '16 11:50:29 AM Mdumas43073
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One night, Woodrow is sitting in a bar when a group of Marines, led by Sergeant Heppelfinger (William Demarest), come into the bar, and try to buy drinks with what little money they have (Heppelfinger tries to trade "war treasures", but the owner is having none of it). Seeing their plight, Woodrow buys them all drinks and sandwiches, and in gratitude, they join him. Woodrow, in turn, tells them his story, and they're all sympathetic - except for Bugsy (Freddie Steele), the most "troubled" of the Marines (he was shot, and hasn't fully recovered), and who doesn't like the idea of lying to their mother. So he makes a phone call to Woodrow's mother, telling her he's been wounded (Heppelfinger later changes it to a fever) and is on his way home. Woodrow is horrified, but Heppelfinger, who as it turns out served with Woodrow's late father, tells him not to worry, they'll take him home, and pretty soon, it'll all blow over.

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One night, Woodrow is sitting in a bar when a group of Marines, led by Sergeant Heppelfinger (William Demarest), come into the bar, in and try to buy drinks with what little money they have (Heppelfinger tries to trade "war treasures", but the owner is having none of it). Seeing their plight, Woodrow buys them all drinks and sandwiches, and in gratitude, they join him. Woodrow, in turn, tells them his story, and they're all sympathetic - except for Bugsy (Freddie Steele), the most "troubled" of the Marines (he was shot, and hasn't fully recovered), and who doesn't like the idea of lying to their mother. So he makes a phone call to Woodrow's mother, telling her he's been wounded (Heppelfinger later changes it to a fever) and is on his way home. Woodrow is horrified, but Heppelfinger, who as it turns out served with Woodrow's late father, tells him not to worry, they'll take him home, and pretty soon, it'll all blow over.
8th Jun '16 11:49:48 AM Mdumas43073
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[[MeaningfulName Woodrow Truesmith]] (Eddie Bracken), the son of a Marine war hero from WWI, is a devotee of the Marines, and had enlisted in the hopes of living up to his family's name. Unfortunately, because of his chronic hay fever, he was discharged after a month. Ashamed of this, and unwilling to go back home and face his disgrace, he instead lied and wrote his mother he had been sent overseas (getting a friend to mail letters from overseas), and telling his girlfriend Libby (Ella Raines) [[BlatantLies he had met someone else]], so [[IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy she could feel free to marry someone else]]. One night, Woodrow is sitting in a bar in San Francisco when a group of Marines, led by Sergeant Heppelfinger (William Demarest), come into the bar, and try to buy drinks with what little money they have (Heppelfinger tries to trade "war treasures", but the owner is having none of it). Seeing their plight, Woodrow buys them all drinks and sandwiches, and in gratitude, they join him. Woodrow, in turn, tells them his story, and they're all sympathetic - except for Bugsy (Freddie Steele), the most "troubled" of the Marines (he was shot, and hasn't fully recovered), and who doesn't like the idea of lying to their mother. So he makes a phone call to Woodrow's mother, telling her he's been wounded (Heppelfinger later changes it to a fever) and is on his way home. Woodrow is horrified, but Heppelfinger, who as it turns out served with Woodrow's late father, tells him not to worry, they'll take him home, and pretty soon, it'll all blow over.

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[[MeaningfulName Woodrow Truesmith]] (Eddie Bracken), the son of a Marine war hero from WWI, is a devotee of the Marines, and had enlisted in the hopes of living up to his family's name. Unfortunately, because of his chronic hay fever, he was discharged after a month. Ashamed of this, and unwilling to go back home and face his disgrace, he instead lied and wrote his mother that he had been sent overseas (getting a friend to mail letters from overseas), and telling told his girlfriend Libby (Ella Raines) [[BlatantLies he had met someone else]], so else]] (so [[IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy she could feel free to marry someone else]]. else]]), and took a job at a San Diego shipyard.

One night, Woodrow is sitting in a bar in San Francisco when a group of Marines, led by Sergeant Heppelfinger (William Demarest), come into the bar, and try to buy drinks with what little money they have (Heppelfinger tries to trade "war treasures", but the owner is having none of it). Seeing their plight, Woodrow buys them all drinks and sandwiches, and in gratitude, they join him. Woodrow, in turn, tells them his story, and they're all sympathetic - except for Bugsy (Freddie Steele), the most "troubled" of the Marines (he was shot, and hasn't fully recovered), and who doesn't like the idea of lying to their mother. So he makes a phone call to Woodrow's mother, telling her he's been wounded (Heppelfinger later changes it to a fever) and is on his way home. Woodrow is horrified, but Heppelfinger, who as it turns out served with Woodrow's late father, tells him not to worry, they'll take him home, and pretty soon, it'll all blow over.
8th May '16 8:25:55 PM Mdumas43073
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''Hail The Conquering Hero'' is a ScrewballComedy by Creator/PrestonSturges set during WorldWarII.

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''Hail The the Conquering Hero'' is a 1944 ScrewballComedy by Creator/PrestonSturges Creator/PrestonSturges, set during WorldWarII.
17th Aug '15 9:52:13 PM phoenix
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* FreudianExcuse: Bugsy. *Big* time.



* MommyIssues: Bugsy. *Big* time.
26th Mar '14 11:20:43 AM jamespolk
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* INeedADrink: Woodrow pounds one down after an ecstatic crowd supports him for mayor.
-->'''Mom''': Don't drink that, that's cooking wine.
-->'''Woodrow''': Well I'm cooked.
26th Mar '14 8:31:50 AM jamespolk
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* DescriptonCut: Sergeant Heppelfinger says Woodrow's return will be no big deal--they'll crowd around him so no one sees his battle slash, he'll take off his uniform when he gets home, and "nobody will be hep to nothing". Cue a cut to the train station, where seemingly the entire town has turned out to welcome Woodrow home.

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* DescriptonCut: DescriptionCut: Sergeant Heppelfinger says Woodrow's return will be no big deal--they'll crowd around him so no one sees his battle slash, he'll take off his uniform when he gets home, and "nobody will be hep to nothing". Cue a cut to the train station, where seemingly the entire town has turned out to welcome Woodrow home.
26th Mar '14 8:31:28 AM jamespolk
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26th Mar '14 8:31:09 AM jamespolk
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* DescriptonCut: Sergeant Heppelfinger says Woodrow's return will be no big deal--they'll crowd around him so no one sees his battle slash, he'll take off his uniform when he gets home, and "nobody will be hep to nothing". Cue a cut to the train station, where seemingly the entire town has turned out to welcome Woodrow home.



* VerbalTic: Mayor Noble's "I mean to say" whenever he wants to change the subject.

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* TitleDrop: "Hail the Conquering Hero" is one of several songs that the various bands assembled to greet Woodrow want to play.
* VerbalTic: Mayor Noble's "I mean to say" whenever he wants to change the subject.subject.
* WellDoneSonGuy: A sad posthumous example--the main reason why Woodrow is so wracked with guilt over washing out of the Marines due to hay fever is that his father was a Marine who was killed at [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarI Belleau Wood]].
19th Nov '13 8:44:50 AM FredMSloniker
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Except it doesn't. When Woodrow and the Marines reach his home, they find a reception committee ready and waiting to honor a war hero (the other Marines have given Truesmith a uniform with medals on it), with a brass band, and the key to the city. Not only that, but the townspeople have taken it upon themselves to pay off the mortgage for Woodrow's mother. Not only that, but a group of townspeople want Woodrow to run for mayor against the current corrupt mayor. Not only that, but Libby, though she's engaged to the current mayor's son, is having second thoughts about that, and her feelings for Woodrow, which never went away, are coming back. Finally, the Marines get into the act, embellishing Woodrow's "heroics" even more, especially Bugsy, who will do *anything* to make sure Woodrow doesn't disappoint his mother...

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Except it doesn't. When Woodrow and the Marines reach his home, they find a reception committee ready and waiting to honor a war hero (the other Marines have given Truesmith a uniform with medals on it), with a brass band, and the key to the city. Not only that, but the townspeople have taken it upon themselves to pay off the mortgage for Woodrow's mother. Not only that, but a group of townspeople want Woodrow to run for mayor against the current corrupt mayor. Not only that, but Libby, though she's engaged to the current mayor's son, is having second thoughts about that, and her feelings for Woodrow, which never went away, are coming back. Finally, the Marines get into the act, embellishing Woodrow's "heroics" even more, especially Bugsy, who will do *anything* ''anything'' to make sure Woodrow doesn't disappoint his mother...
28th Oct '12 12:51:40 PM nombretomado
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''Hail The Conquering Hero'' is a ScrewballComedy by PrestonSturges set during WorldWarII.

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''Hail The Conquering Hero'' is a ScrewballComedy by PrestonSturges Creator/PrestonSturges set during WorldWarII.
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