Hail the Conquering Hero Overview:

Hail the Conquering Hero (1944) was a Comedy - War Film directed by Preston Sturges and produced by Buddy G. DeSylva and Preston Sturges.


Another comic gem from writer-director-producer Sturges. At the start of WWII, Bracken eagerly enlists in the service only to be soon discharged for his chronic hay fever. His hometown lays out the red carpet when he's mistakenly credited with bravery at Guadalcanal. The Sturges gang's all here, with particularly hilarious showings by Demarest and Pangborn.

(Source: available at Amazon AMC Classic Movie Companion).


Academy Awards 1944 --- Ceremony Number 17 (source: AMPAS)

Best WritingPreston SturgesNominated

BlogHub Articles:

THE SEND IN THE MARINES BLOG-A-THON: Hail the Conquering Hero, 1944

on Nov 10, 2019 From Caftan Woman

In celebration of the November 10, 1775 founding of the U.S. Marine Corps. the websites Dubsism and RealWeegieMidget Reviews are hosting The Send in the Marines Blog-a-thon. Click HERE to begin reading. Aunt Martha (Elizabeth Patterson): "Well, that's the war for you. It's always hard on ... Read full article

Hail The Conquering Hero (1944)

By 4 Star Film Fan on Feb 13, 2019 From 4 Star Films

I have long sought out this picture and all I can say is all hail the conquering hero! It’s everything that could have been hoped for in a Preston Sturges wartime comedy. But in order for the laughs to come along with a great deal more, there must be a setup — a watering hole for our mai... Read full article

Preston Sturges series: Screening of “Hail The Conquering Hero” September 13 at Daystar Center

By Stephen Reginald on Sep 10, 2016 From Classic Movie Man

Preston Sturges series: Screening of “Hail The Conquering Hero” September 13 at Daystar Center Preston Sturges series: Hail The Conquering Hero Where: The Venue 1550 at the Daystar Center, 1550 S. State Street, Chicago, IL When: September 13, 2016 Time: 6:30 p.m. Hosted by Stephen R... Read full article

Hail the Conquering Hero (1944)

on Jul 3, 2015 From Journeys in Classic Film

Our final Preston Sturges film of the week with Hail the Conquering Hero, one of two Sturges films released in the same year, both starring Eddie Bracken (the other being The Miracle of Morgan’s Creek). Unlike yesterday’s Great McGinty, Hail the Conquering Hero blends Sturges’ roma... Read full article

Hail the Conquering Hero (1944)

By smumcountry on Nov 26, 2014 From Smum County

November 26, 2014 by smumcounty Eddie Bracken as Woodrow Lafayette Pershing Truesmith Woodrow (Eddie Bracken) comes from a long line of war heroes. His father “Hinky Dinky” Truesmith was a hero who gave his life in the First World War so when World War II rolls around everyone expects th... Read full article

See all Hail the Conquering Hero articles

Quotes from

Mayor Everett D. Noble: [dictating his acceptance speech to his son, Forrest] I accept the responsibility with a sense of both humility, satisfaction and gratitude.
Forrest Noble: You can't say "both humility, satisfaction and gratitude". "Both" means two, and you have "humility, satisfaction and gratitude". That's three.
Mayor Everett D. Noble: I can't say it.
Forrest Noble: You can not.
Mayor Everett D. Noble: I've been saying it for years.
Forrest Noble: Well, it isn't correct grammar.
Mayor Everett D. Noble: I'm not running on a platform of correct grammar.

Mayor Everett D. Noble: She forgets her lines 'til rigor mortis sets in!

Woodrow Lafayette Pershing Truesmith: [after hearing that the town wants to build a statue of him] What do I do now?
Sgt. Heppelfinger: Well, you just let it blow over.
Woodrow Lafayette Pershing Truesmith: Did you ever see a statue blow over?

read more quotes from Hail the Conquering Hero...

Facts about

One of over 700 Paramount Productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since.
Al Bridge is listed in the credits as the "Political Boss", but he is referred to by first name as "Jake". Jake sends out an enquiry by telegram to the San Diego Marine Base and receives a telegram reply that is addressed to "JACOB F BRIDGE".
As the marines are leaving the Oakridge station, a billboard behind them is advertising The Miracle of Morgan's Creek, another film by Preston Sturges.
read more facts about Hail the Conquering Hero...
Share this page:
Visit the Classic Movie Hub Blog CMH
Best Writing Oscar 1944

See more Academy Awards>>
Also directed by Preston Sturges

More about Preston Sturges >>
Also produced by Buddy G. DeSylva

More about Buddy G. DeSylva >>
Also released in 1944

See All 1944 films >>
More "Integrity" films

See All "Integrity" films >>
More "Satire" films

See All "Satire" films >>
More "Screwball Comedy" films

See All "Screwball Comedy" films >>