Half a Hero

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"in double trouble!"
  • NR
  • 1953
  • 1 hr 11 min
  • 5.6  (243)

Half a Hero is a 1953 American comedy film that stars Red Skelton, Jean Hagen, and Charles Dingle. Directed by Don Weis and produced by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, the movie centers around Ben Dobson (Red Skelton), a small-town hardware store owner who is mistaken for a legendary World War II hero. The story begins with Ben Dobson, an unassuming hardware store owner who lives with his mother and dreams of one day marrying his longtime girlfriend, Mildred Curtis (Jean Hagen). One day, a group of tourists visiting the town mistakes Ben for a war hero named Captain Marvin Payne, who was reported missing in action during the war.

Unsure of how to correct the tourists' mistake, Ben goes along with it and pretends to be Captain Payne, basking in the admiration he receives from everyone in town. However, things quickly get complicated when a newspaper reporter named Mary Parker (Coleen Gray) arrives in town to do a story on the supposed hero.

As the story progresses, Ben finds himself caught up in a web of lies as he tries to maintain the facade of being a war hero. He becomes a local celebrity and is offered a variety of advantages that he never had before. Ben's business begins to flourish with the help of his newfound hero status, much to the delight of his mother.

Despite the glamorous life he leads, Ben's relationship with Mildred is strained. She sees through Ben's lies and is disappointed that he is willing to deceive others for personal gain. However, Ben is reluctant to reveal the truth about his deception, fearing that he will be humiliated and ostracized by the townspeople who worship him.

As the tension between Ben and Mildred continues to grow, he is forced to confront the truth about his past and the nature of heroism. He ultimately realizes that being a hero isn't about fame, fortune, or accolades, but rather about doing the right thing, even if it means admitting one's mistakes.

Although Half a Hero is a comedy, it explores the serious themes of honesty, integrity, and the true meaning of heroism. Red Skelton gives a charming and hilarious performance as Ben Dobson, embodying the lovable underdog who discovers the courage to do the right thing. Jean Hagen is equally impressive as Mildred, portraying the role of a strong, independent woman who challenges Ben's flawed ideas of heroism.

Charles Dingle delivers a memorable performance as the town's Mayor, who is enthusiastic about Ben's heroic exploits and eager to capitalize on his newfound celebrity. Coleen Gray is also excellent in her role as Mary Parker, a reporter who unearths the truth about Ben's past.

Overall, Half a Hero is an entertaining and heartwarming comedy with a message that is still relevant today. It shows that heroism comes in many shapes and sizes, and that it is ultimately about doing the right thing, even in the face of adversity.

Half a Hero is a 1953 comedy with a runtime of 1 hour and 11 minutes. It has received moderate reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 5.6.

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    5.6  (243)