Upcoming on TV: Hail! The Conquering Hero

 

Eddie Bracken surrounded by his new Marine pals in Hail! The Conquering Hero

 

Don’t miss this brilliantly funny movie.  It’s one of Preston Sturges’ less well known great comedies.  Eddie Bracken plays a would-be soldier discharged for hay fever – but his hometown mistakenly thinks that he is being sent home a war hero.  Hilarity ensues.  All the funnier when you realize that this film was made in 1944 amid our nation’s most culturally patriotic period.  It will be broadcast on TCM on October 10th.

Baby boomers will also appreciate crusty William Demarest (the crusty housekeeper in TV’s My Three Sons) as the crusty Marine Sarge.

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