Supplies are dwindling. Troops are hopelessly outnumbered. But even in defeat there is victory. The defenders of the Philippines - including PT-boat skippers John Brickley (Robert Montgomery) and Rusty Ryan (John Wayne) - will give the U.S. war effort time to regroup after the devastation of Pearl Harbor. Director John Ford's World War II tale knows its battle-scarred topic firsthand. Montgomery was himself a Pacific PT-boat commander and a valorous Bronze Star recipient. Ford filmed the Academy Award®-winning* documentary Battle of Midway. And Wayne creates a portrait of patriotic resolve as only he can. They Were Expendable salutes all who expended themselves during some of the war's bleakest hours. *1942: Best Documentary

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They Were Expendable (1945)

Unrated

War/Drama · 2h 15m · 12/20/1945

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A Spine-Tingling Thundering Saga Of The Sea!

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Supplies are dwindling. Troops are hopelessly outnumbered. But even in defeat there is victory. The defenders of the Philippines - including PT-boat skippers John Brickley (Robert Montgomery) and Rusty Ryan (John Wayne) - will give the U.S. war effort time to regroup after the devastation of Pearl Harbor. Director John Ford's World War II tale knows its battle-scarred topic firsthand. Montgomery was himself a Pacific PT-boat commander and a valorous Bronze Star recipient. Ford filmed the Academy Award®-winning* documentary Battle of Midway. And Wayne creates a portrait of patriotic resolve as only he can. They Were Expendable salutes all who expended themselves during some of the war's bleakest hours. *1942: Best Documentary

Where to Watch

Status

Released

Country

United States

Production Companies

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM), Loew's Incorporated
Cast
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Robert Montgomery

Lt. John Brickley (as Robert Montgomery Comdr. U.S.N.R.)
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John Wayne

Lt. (J.G.) 'Rusty' Ryan
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Donna Reed

Lt. Sandy Davyss
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Jack Holt

General Martin
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Ward Bond

'Boats' Mulcahey C.B.M.
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Marshall Thompson

Ens. 'Snake' Gardner
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Paul Langton

Ens. 'Andy' Andrews
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Leon Ames

Major James Morton
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Arthur Walsh

Seaman Jones
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Donald Curtis

Lt. (J.G.) 'Shorty' Long / Radio Announcer
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Cameron Mitchell

Ens. George Cross
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Jeff York

Ens. Tony Aiken
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Murray Alper

'Slug' Mahan T.M. 1c
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Harry Tenbrook

'Squarehead' Larsen SC 2c
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Jack Pennick

'Doc'
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Alex Havier

'Benny' Lecoco ST 3c
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Charles Trowbridge

Admiral Blackwell
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Robert Barrat

The General
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Bruce Kellogg

Elder Tompkins M.M. 2c
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Tim Murdock

Ens. Brant
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Louis Jean Heydt

'Ohio'
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Russell Simpson

'Dad' Knowland
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Vernon Steele

Army Doctor
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Pedro de Cordoba

Priest (scenes deleted)
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Philip Ahn

Army Orderly (uncredited)
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Steve Barclay

Naval Officer (uncredited)
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Bill Barnum

Boat Crew Member (uncredited)
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Betty Blythe

Officer's Wife (uncredited)
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Danny Borzage

Boat Crew Member (uncredited)
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Al Bridge

Lieutenant Colonel (uncredited)
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George Bruggeman

Man in Admiral's Office (uncredited)
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Charles Calhoun

Man in Admiral's Office (uncredited)
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James Carlisle

Man in Admiral's Office (uncredited)
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John Carlyle

Lt. James (uncredited)
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Jack Carrington

Officer at Airport (uncredited)
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Bruce Carruthers

Man in Admiral's Office (uncredited)
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Tony Carson

Man in Admiral's Office (uncredited)
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Jack Cheatham

Commander (uncredited)
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Fred Coby

Officer at Airport (uncredited)
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Roger Cole

Officer at Airport (uncredited)
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Jane Crowley

Officer's Wife (uncredited)
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Henry H. Daniels Jr.

Sailor (uncredited)
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William B. Davidson

Hotel Manager (uncredited)
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Marjorie Davies

Nurse (uncredited)
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Patrick Davis

Pilot (uncredited)
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Lee Tung Foo

Asian Bartender (uncredited)
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Pacita Tod-Tod

Nightclub Singer (uncredited)
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Leonard Fisher

Man in Admiral's Office (uncredited)
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Sherry Hall

Marine Major (uncredited)
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Harold Schlickenmayer

Man in Admiral's Office (uncredited)
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Phil Schumacher

Boat Crew Member (uncredited)
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Ernest Seftig

Naval Officer (uncredited)
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Jack Semple

Man in Admiral's Office (uncredited)
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Brent Shugar

Officer at Airport (uncredited)
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Sam Simone

Man in Admiral's Office (uncredited)
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Reginald Simpson

Man in Admiral's Office (uncredited)
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Leslie Sketchley

Marine Orderly (uncredited)
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Ralph Soncuya

Filipino Orderly (uncredited)
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Les Stanford

Man in Admiral's Office (uncredited)
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Larry Steers

Man in Admiral's Office (uncredited)
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Sammy Stein

Sammy - Boat Crewman (uncredited)
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Jack Stoney

Boat Crew Member (uncredited)
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Robert Strong

Officer at Airport (uncredited)
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Bob Thom

Man in Admiral's Office (uncredited)
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Roy Thomas

Man in Admiral's Office (uncredited)
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Richard Thorne

Man in Admiral's Office (uncredited)
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Jim Farley

(uncredited)
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James Gonzalez

Sailor (uncredited)
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Brad Towne

Man in Admiral's Office (uncredited)
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Jack Trent

Officer at Airport (uncredited)
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Tom Tyler

Captain at Airport (uncredited)
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Emmett Vogan

Naval Doctor (uncredited)
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Eleanore Vogel

Officer's Wife (uncredited)
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Hansel Warner

Officer at Airport (uncredited)
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Billy Wilkerson

Sgt. Smith (uncredited)
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Roque Ybarra Jr.

Bartender's Child (uncredited)
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Larry Dods

Boat Crew Member (uncredited)
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Ernest Dominguez

Filipino Boy (uncredited)
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Frank Donahue

Man in Admiral's Office (uncredited)
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William 'Red' Donahue

Officer at Airport (uncredited)
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George Economides

Bartender's Child (uncredited)
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Michael Economides

Bartender's Child (uncredited)
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Blake Edwards

Boat Crewman (uncredited)
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Art Foster

Boat Crew Member (uncredited)
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Frank Eldredge

Officer at Airport (uncredited)
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Mary Jane French

Lost Nurse (uncredited)
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Gary Delmar

Man in Admiral's Office (uncredited)
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Almeda Fowler

Officer's Wife (uncredited)
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John Epper

Officer at Airport (uncredited)
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Charles Ferguson

Officer at Airport (uncredited)
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Jon Gilbreath

Submarine Commander (uncredited)
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Duke Green

PT-41 Boat Starboard Torpedoman (uncredited)
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Stuart Hall

Bar Patron (uncredited)
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Del Hill

Boat Crew Member (uncredited)
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Robert Homans

Bartender at Manila Hotel (uncredited)
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Vincent Isla

Filipino Schoolteacher (uncredited)
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Dick Karl

Man in Admiral's Office (uncredited)
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Michael Kirby

Boat Crewman (uncredited)
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Michael Kostrick

Man in Admiral's Office (uncredited)
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Paul Kruger

Man in Admiral's Office (uncredited)
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Stubby Kruger

Boat Crewman (uncredited)
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Jack Lee

Man in Admiral's Office (uncredited)
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Donald S. Lewis

Officer at Airport (uncredited)
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Jack Lorenz

Man in Admiral's Office (uncredited)
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Leota Lorraine

Officer's Wife (uncredited)
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Trina Lowe

Gardner's Girlfriend (uncredited)
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Jack Luden

Naval Air Captain (uncredited)
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Ted Lundigan

Boat Crew Member (uncredited)
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James Magill

Man in Admiral's Office (uncredited)
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George Magrill

Man in Admiral's Office (uncredited)
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Eve March

Nurse (uncredited)
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Maurice Marks

Soldier (uncredited)
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Kermit Maynard

Airport Officer (uncredited)
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Merrill McCormick

Wounded Officer at Airport (uncredited)
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Frank McGrath

'Slim' - Bearded CPO (uncredited)
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Leonard Mellin

Man in Admiral's Office (uncredited)
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Robert Milasch

Minor Role (uncredited)
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Karl Miller

Man in Admiral's Office (uncredited)
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Henry Mirelez

Filipino Boy (uncredited)
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Margaret Morton

Bartender's Wife (uncredited)
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Jack Mower

Officer (uncredited)
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Charles Murray Jr.

Jeep Driver (uncredited)
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Forbes Murray

Navy Captain (uncredited)
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Bill Neff

Submarine Skipper / Boat Crew Member (uncredited)
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Bill Nind

Officer at Airport (uncredited)
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Wedgwood Nowell

Man in Admiral's Office (uncredited)
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Robert Emmett O'Connor

Silver Dollar Bartender (uncredited)
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Max Ong

Mayor of Cebu (uncredited)
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Franklin Parker

Naval Officer (uncredited)
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Frank Pershing

Boat Crew Member (uncredited)
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Nino Pipitone Jr.

Bartender's Child (uncredited)
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Dan Quigg

Man in Admiral's Office (uncredited)
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Robert Shelby Randall

Boat Crew Member (uncredited)
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Clifford Rathjen

Man in Admiral's Office (uncredited)
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Joey Ray

Boat Crew Member (uncredited)
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William McKeever Riley

Boat Crew Member (uncredited)
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Jack Ross

Officer at Airport (uncredited)
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John Roy

Man in Admiral's Office (uncredited)
Crew
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John Ford

Director
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Robert Montgomery

Director
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William L. White

Writer
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Frank Wead

Writer
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Norman Corwin

Writer
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George Froeschel

Writer
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Jan Lustig

Writer
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John Ford

Producer
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Joseph H. August

Cinematograpy
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Douglass Biggs

Editor
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Frank E. Hull

Editor
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Herbert Stothart

Music
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Douglas Shearer

Sound
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Malcolm Brown

Art
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Cedric Gibbons

Art
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