Heil dem siegreichen Helden (1944)

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Heil dem siegreichen Helden: Directed by Preston Sturges. With Eddie Bracken, Ella Raines, Raymond Walburn, William Demarest. Woodrow is discharged from the military for hay fever, but fabricates receiving a heroic honorable discharge before returning home.

“With literally dozens of identifiable characters, named and unnamed, this is a film in which nearly every shot is jammed full of faces — in fact, itu0026#39;s nearly twenty minutes into the movie before a shot occurs in which the frame contains only a single human being (Mom taking hot buns out of the oven). Filmed and released during the darkest year of WWII, HERO is a smart, unjingoistic yet oddly patriotic comedy of the home front, and of our often short-sighted view of what makes a hero. One of Sturgesu0026#39; best and most innovative comedies — and thatu0026#39;s saying a lot!”

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