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Having been discharged from the Marines for a hayfever condition before ever seeing action, Woodrow Lafayette Pershing Truesmith (Eddie Bracken) delays the return to his hometown, feeling that he is a failure. While in a moment of melancholy, he meets up with a group of Marines who befriend him and encourage him to return home to his mother by fabricating a story that he was wounded in battle with honorable discharge.

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  1. Preston Sturges

    Director, Writer

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  1. Eddie Bracken

    Eddie Bracken

    Woodrow Truesmith

  2. Ella Raines

    Ella Raines


  3. Raymond Walburn

    Raymond Walburn

    Mayor Everett D. Noble

  4. William Demarest

    William Demarest

    Sgt. Heppelfinger

  5. Franklin Pangborn

    Franklin Pangborn

    Reception Committee Chairman

  6. Elizabeth Patterson

    Elizabeth Patterson

    Martha - Libby's Aunt

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Status Released

Original Language English

Runtime 1h 41m

Budget -

Revenue -

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Release Information

  • August 9, 1944



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