Magazine article Variety

Classic Films Find Laughter in the Pain

Magazine article Variety

Classic Films Find Laughter in the Pain

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HAIL THE CONQUERING HERO (1944) Preston Sturges' outrageous comedy concerns a man (Eddie Bracken) who is discharged from the Marines for hay fever, but is mistakenly honored by friends and family as a war hero. This wartime comedy spoofs everything that America holds sacred, including motherhood.

BUCK PRIVATES COME HOME (1947) Abbott & Costello, in a sequel to their 1941 hit "Buck Privates," didn't offer much insight about veterans' experiences; this movie doesn't offer insight about anything at all, really. But it's irresistible fun.

OCEAN'S 11 (1960) Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin (below) head up a group of 82nd Airborne veterans who reunite to rob five Vegas casinos. As role models for vets, they're a mixed bag: dishonest, but incredibly cool.

BLUE HAWAII (1961) Elvis Presley plays a guy who returns home to Hawaii after being discharged. His Army experience isn't explored, but Elvis is surrounded by beautiful scenery, gets to sing songs including "Can't Help Falling in Love" and "Rock-a-Hula Baby" and, as a bonus, has Angela Lansbury as his mom. …

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