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Director Preston Sturges, best known for his screwball comedies, took a new direction with this biopic of Dr William Thomas Green Morton, the 19th century Boston dentist who invented the first truly successful dental anaesthetic. The film tells in flashback how the idealistic young Morton makes his discovery almost by accident and initially keeps the formula to himself. When confronted with seeing a young girl face a painful operation without anaesthetic, he makes public his findings. Despite being hailed for his invention, though, Morton is soon up against jealous rival medics and a crippling lawsuit over copyright infringement.
Regarded as one of Preston Sturges's best films, Hail the Conquering Hero is a sharp satirical stab at hero worship and small-town politics.
11+ years 96 mins
Classic 1940s comedy about a rich, clueless guy fooled by a glamorous con-woman he meets on his way back from an Amazon expedition.
11+ years 89 mins
1940s comedy from Preston Sturges about a director who wants to make a socially responsible film, though his bosses want him to keep making comedy.
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