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R.I.P. Eddie Bracken

Eddie Bracken, Who Acted in Sturges Comedies, Dies at 87. I am reminded of the need to go back to Preston Sturges’ oeuvre by seeing this obituary.

Perhaps his strongest roles in that era were in two stand-out Sturges films of 1944, “The Miracle of Morgan’s Creek” with Betty Hutton and “Hail the Conquering Hero.” In “Hero,” Sturges cast him as a young man rejected by the Marines because of his hay fever, but who, through confusion and misunderstanding, is welcomed back to his home town as a war hero. It was the kind of situation that had been exploited so effectively in the silent film era by Harold Lloyd, a comedian Mr. Bracken greatly admired. NY Times