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Hail the Conquering Hero, written and directed by Preston Sturges, starring Eddie Bracken, Ella Raines, Raymond Walburn, and William Demurest, 1944, black and white, 101 minutes, not rated.
that him did beare / With crooked crawling steps an vncouth pase, / And backward yode [went], as Bargemen wont to fare / Bending their force contrary to their face, / Like that vngracious crew which faines demurest grace" (7.