Heroes for Sale

Synopsis: The saga of Tom Holmes - a man of principles - from the Great War to the Great Depression. Will he ever get a break? His war heroics earn fame and a medal for someone else, and his wounds result in a morphine addiction that costs him a job, his reputation in his home town, and months in a clinic. He goes to Chicago, where he's enterprising and dedicated to his work and his fellow workers, but an invention he champions results in the opposite of his intentions, leading to loss of life and an unjust imprisonment. After release, during the Depression, he must face local "red squads" and vigilante groups jousting out jobless men. Will anyone see his true heroic character?
Genre: Drama, War
Director(s): William A. Wellman
Production: Warner Bros.
Rotten Tomatoes:
76 min

to refuse it.

It went on and on.

The honors piled up.

And every one I got

made it more impossible to tell the truth.

I couldn't let go.

I'm not fooling myself.

I know that all my promotions

and decorations belong to you.

I know that I've stolen the credit

from a real hero.

Sometimes it almost drove me crazy

when I thought you were dead.

How do you suppose I feel now

knowing you're alive?

Under the same conditions...

...I probably would have done

just what you did.

And there's nothing we can do about it.


Unless you make me

the laughingstock of the world.

You know I wouldn't do that.

Besides, you're just the man for medals

and all that sort of thing.

You look the part.

I just don't.

- Oh, but, Tom, I've done you a terrible...

- Listen.

Listen, Roger.

I've been in the shadow of death

for so long...

...that nothing in life

seems very important anymore.

I hear he captured a whole

machine-gun nest single-handed.

You have to do that to get

the Distinguished Service Cross.

Yes, sir, Roger is a fine boy.

I always said so.

How do you do?

- Attention.

Attention, please. Please, everybody. Heh.

Mr. Roger will be right down, folks.

He wants to shake hands

with everyone, personally.

Here he comes now.

- Now, move right over there.

Hang on a minute.

About ready? Hold it, major, will you?

Just as you are.

Much obliged, major.

Now let's get one of you alone

at the bottom of the stairs.

Tom, I've got an extra blanket

for your bed.

Just a second, Ma.

What made you lock the door, dear?

Why, I'm so excited about getting home,

I guess I don't know what I'm doing.

It's just too wonderful.

Now, what are you crying for?

We're together again.

You look as if

you'd been through so much.

You look so tired.

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Submitted on August 05, 2018


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