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The Lives of Harry Lime (based on The Third Man)
Starring the man who many have identified as being the best male voice on radio, and one of the classic filmmakers of all time; Orson Welles. Follow the ongoing story of Harry Lime, a character immortalized by Orson Welles in the movie "The Third Man".
Program Log of The Third Man (the Lives of Harry Lime)
The Lives Of Harry Lime August 3, 1951, through July 25, 1952 52 Episodes Show log by Yorel, RDolan@PARTS.UNLTD.COM, with emendations and corrections by Gary Imhoff, firstname.lastname@example.org The show's format was approximately as follows. Opening music Announcer: "Presenting Orson Welles as the Third Man. "The Lives of Harry Lime," the fabulous stories of the immortal character originally created in the motion picture The Third Man, with zither music by Anton Karas." Zither music ending with a gunshot. Orson Welles: "That was the shot that killed Harry Lime. He died in a sewer beneath Vienna, as those of you know who saw the movie The Third Man. Yes, that was the end of Harry Lime. But it was not the beginning. Harry Lime had many lives, and I can recount all of them. How do I know? Very simple. Because my name is Harry Lime." Short music bridge Orson introduces story line. Longer music bridge to announcer. Announcer: "And now, Orson Welles as Harry Lime, the Third Man, in today's story, [title]." The story. Announcer: "Harry Lime will return in just a moment." Musical interlude. Announcer: "And now, Harry Lime." Orson returns with closing lines. Zither music to end. Episode #1, 08-03-51, "Too Many Crooks" First line of introduction: "Don't get me wrong, I love Budapest." First line of story: "Before calling at the bank I stopped at a cute little flower shop I happened to notice across the way." Episode #2, 08-10-51, "See Naples and Live" First line of introduction: missing First line of story: "Once upon a time, there was an exquisite, a huge emerald locket which spent most its life looking out at the world from the rather fleshy neck of a Mrs. Donaldson as she waddled like a golden duck across the international social horizon." Episode #3, 08-17-51, "Clay Pigeon" First line of introduction: "Say what you will about Harry Lime. He at least was honest in his desire for money and the good things in life." First line of story: "In 1942, my fortunes being for the moment being at ebb tide, it pleased me to return to America; to New York, specifically, because I'd heard that an old and important enemy of mine was in difficulties and wanted to see me." Episode #4, 08-24-51, "Ticket to Tangier" First line of introduction: "I was down on my luck; way down, scrapping the bottom." First line of story: "While I was brooding about how to raise the price of the ticket to Tangier, my eye happened to wander down the personal column of the newspaper. . . ." Episode #5, 08-31-51, "Voodoo" First line of introduction: "I've known many places and left them, made many friends and lost them, won many fortunes and spent them. My fate seems to be linked to a cosmic yo-yo." First line of story: "I am sorry, Mr. Harry, no more." Episode #6, 09-07-51, "The Bohemian Star" First line of introduction: "A diamond as big as a hen's egg. Change that to a duck's egg." First line of story: "London, 1938. One of those quaint old English pubs." Episode #7, 09-14-51, "Love Affair" First line of introduction: "Friends, the story of my marriage. My first marriage, and believe you me, my last." First line of story: "Nicaragua, Saudi Arabia, Harry Lime, that's me, a happy young bachelor strolling along the narrow street that led from the Grand Hotel to the native bazaar." Episode #8, 09-21-51, "Rogue's Holiday" First line of introduction: "Did I ever tell you about the time when I outwitted three very suspicious Wall Street investors at a net profit of to yours truly of 55,000 American dollars?" First line of story: "Very pleasant, a day or so out of New York on the Queen Anne bound for Southampton." Episode #9, 09-28-51, "Work of Art" First line of introduction: "Buenos Aires, July 1944. The Argentine papers were full of the attempted assassination of Adolph Hitler." First line of story: "Yes, there I was in Buenos Aires, just a clean-cut young American boy looking for a chance to hustle an honest buck." Episode #10, 10-05-51, "Operation Music Box" First line of introduction: "Now kiddies, London, which is the capital of England, is noted for a number of curious historical events." First line of story: "Good afternoon, Mr. Dudley, I'm interested in a music box." Episode #11, 10-12-51, "The Golden Fleece" First line of introduction: missing First line of story: "Well, it's a queer story no matter how you look at it. It begins with a bull fight; it ends with a naval engagement on the China Sea. There's a woman in it, of course. Have another drink?" Episode #12, 10-19-51, "Blue Bride" First line of introduction: "Now here's a little anecdote taking place in the city of Bordeaux. It has to do with a phase of my hectic career which was almost exclusively a chase." First line of story: "Now, this little cautionary tale took place, oh, a couple years ago in the French port of Bordeaux." Episode #13, 10-26-51, "Every Frame Has A Silver Lining" First line of introduction: "Fellow I knew once told me I was a poet, but he was so wrong." First line of story: "It was in Tehran. That was some years ago. I had just come there, and I was pretty sure in a country with all that oil and all that intrigue, so many people playing the game of empire building and empire busting, I could promote something that suited my special talents." Episode #14, 11-02-51, "Mexican Hat Trick" First line of introduction: "Me, I don't approve of gambling, at least not the legitimate kind. It's not the gambling I dislike; it's the losing I detest." First line of story: "There is no human affliction worse than poverty." Episode #15, 11-09-51, "Art Is Long And Lime Is Fleeting" First line of introduction: "I won't burden you with sordid details about how I met two very lovely Brazilian women named Inez and Aurora." First line of story: "Bon jour, monsieur." "Bon jour." "Please, can I help you?" Episode #16, 11-16-51, "In Pursuit of A Ghost" First line of introduction: "You come into the theater just as the curtain is going up." First line of story: "There's no sense in identifying the Central American country where I found myself in the fall of '45." Episode #17, 11-23-51, "Horseplay" First line of introduction: "If I were an honest man, which would be silly on the face of it, this would be my sermon: 'Any character who gets swindled is asking for it. You can't swindle a man unless he is so full of larceny that his very breathing is crooked.'" First line of story: "My game of horse play began in a bar. . . ." Episode #18, 11-30-51, "Three Farthings for Your Thoughts" First line of introduction: "I have in my hand here, a farthing. This is the smallest of small coins." First line of story: "Well, here I was in Liverpool, sitting in a pub, which is English for bar, or grill, or saloon, to you, having myself a drink and mulling over a few little business possibilities." Episode #19, 12-07-51, "The Third Woman" First line of introduction: "Yes." "Major?" "Yes, yes, come on, speak up!" First line of story: "You know something, Corporal Lime?" "No sir." "If we could prove half of this stuff in this file, you'd be celebrating your hundredth birthday in a military prison." Episode #20, 12-14-51, "An Old Moorish Custom" First line of introduction: "This is a love story. But don't worry, there's action in it: Arab chieftains, international gangsters, and a buried treasure. But essentially this is a tale of one of the times I fell in love." First line of story: "Valerie, Valerie Derouche, that was her name." Episode #21, 12-21-51, "It's a Knockout" First line of introduction: "The world, the poet says, is so full of a number of things, he's sure we should all be as happy as kings." First line of story: "Point him out to me, Harry." Episode #22, 12-28-51, "Two Is Company" First line of introduction: "Now, Italy, my children, as you probably know, is shaped like a boot." First line of story: "Hello." "Hello." "Can I buy you a drink?" Episode #23, 01-04-52, "Cherchez la Gem" First line of introduction: "I always say money isn't everything. That's what I say." First line of story: "It all began on a slow boat to China, and I mean a slow boat to China. Just like the song, only without the music." Episode #24, 01-11-52, "The Hand Of Glory" First line of introduction: "Yes. That was me, Harry Lime, making my way through a side alley in Paris." First line of story: "I wanted to get away from gold, and away from France." Episode #25, 01-18-52, "The Double Double-cross" First line of introduction: "She's beautiful, beautiful, tres chic, tres French." First line of story: "Monte Carlo, 1936. The sucker season was at its peak, and by an odd coincidence my pockets were fuller than they had been for a long time." Episode #26, 01-25-52, "5000 Pengoes and A Kiss" First line of introduction: "At various times in various countries I have been called many things, most of which I'd rather not repeat here." First line of story: "In Hungary, various political events after the war brought about new and very strict laws about getting in and out of the country." Episode #27, 02-01-52, "Dark Enchantress" First line of introduction: "I once thought I knew all about women." First line of story: "Ah, Algiers, Algiers. You've all heard of it, Algiers, the port of mystery and intrigue, invaded by the Phoenicians, the Carthaginians, Romans, Vandals, the Byzantines, the Arabs, the Turks, the French, and Harry Lime." Episode #28, 02-08-52, "The Earl on Troubled Waters" First line of introduction: "'The single most pernicious influence on the growing English boy is the shocking behavior portrayed in the American cinematograph.' To which, at one time, I would have uttered a hearty Amen." First line of story: "Not so very long ago I was sipping a rather dubious Pernod with a rather dubious British character; the sort known locally as a spiv." Episode #29, 02-15-52, "The Dead Candidate" First line of introduction: "Here now is a story of power politics and international intrigue." First line of story: "Hello. Sea is nice and calm, isn't it?" Episode #30, 02-22-52, "It's in the Bag" First line of introduction: "Hello. This is your old friend, Harry Lime. I've got a story for you. It all happened on a train going through the Balkans, from Istanbul to Belgrade." First line of story: "The Orient Express, the central line, that is, runs between Istanbul and Paris. I wanted as much mileage between me and Turkey as possible, so I had my ticket booked all the way." Episode #31, 02-29-52, "The Hyacinth Patrol" First line of introduction: "The hyacinth is a flower. A rum swizzle is a drink. And the Panama Canal, let's face it, is a ditch." First line of story: "Well, the canal belt. Notice please, that despite wartime improvements and sanitation, an air of fetid decay hangs heavy over this whole area." Episode #32, 03-07-52, "Turnabout Is Foul Play" First line of introduction: "In my youth, after serious study of all the good causes that can lay just claim to a man's attention, I decided to work for the best cause of all, the cause of Harry Lime." First line of story: "It was in Bern, Switzerland, where a number of people in the international set had come for a half year's rest, to make them fit for a half year of weekending." Episode #33, 03-14-52, "Violets, Sweet Violets" First line of introduction: "You know, I've always believed in saying it with flowers. It's a nice, expensive language." First line of story: "It is passing strange that a city like Marseilles, about as wicked as they come, should be so abloom with churches and cathedrals." Episode #34, 03-21-52, "Faith, Lime and Charity" First line of introduction: "Folks, the name of this story is faith, Lime, and charity." First line of story: "Wealthy tourists have always been attracted by the romance of India and the beautiful Taj Mahal, and Harry Lime has always been attracted by the romance of beautiful and wealthy tourists." Episode #35, 03-28-52, "Pleasure Before Business" First line of introduction: "You know, there are two kinds of men who should be wary and suspicious of women. The serious businessman, because women can be so frivolous, and the frivolous seeker after pleasure, because women can be so serious." First line of story: "It was in Venice, not long after the war was over, that I found myself with a problem on my hands, and it wasn't the old Venetian one about finding a place to park my car." Episode #36, 04-04-52, "Fools Gold" First line of introduction: "Now, right from the very outset, friends, I want it clearly understood that I do not believe in Santa Claus. If a man offers to sell me a gold brick, I do not reach for my billfold except to make sure that I still have it." First line of story: "It began, as I told you, in the bar of the George Cinq, in Paris. Ironically, I didn't even want to meet the man. I didn't want to see him at all, when he called the make the appointment. I was even rude to him." Episode #37, 04-11-52, "Man Of Mystery" First line of introduction: "One late afternoon a couple of years ago, a plane was sighted about seventy miles out of Orly Airport in Paris. It was a private plane, medium sized, and nobody was in it; nobody at all. The plane, keeping its course steadily toward Paris, was flying itself. Why was it empty? Who had been flying it? And why, and under what circumstances, had they left it? Why? Thereby hangs a tale." First line of story: A telephone rings; the operator says: "Monsieur Gregory Arkadin calling Monsieur Harry Lime." "Yes, yes, I'm Harry Lime." [Welles wrote the novel Monsieur Arkadin, published in France in 1955, based on this episode. The novel was called Mr. Arkadin when it was published in England. In the 1955 movie, "Mr. Arkadin," also known as "Confidential Report," which Welles co-produced, wrote, and directed, he starred as Gregory Arkadin; the Harry Lime character was played by Robert Arden and was called "Guy van Stratten."] Episode #38, 04-18-52, "The Painted Smile" First line of introduction: "I've got a story for you; a story about a canvas cloud, a tinsel world, a bloody murder." First line of story: "I've always had a fondness for the exception that breaks the rule, maybe because I like to break rules myself." Episode #39, 04-25-52, "Harry Lime Joins the Circus" First line of introduction: "The scene is Rome. The time is not so very long ago. A hundred bells in the eternal city have just finished announcing midnight when. . . ." First line of story: "Just answer me this. I come back to my hotel room and find you in possession. How did you get in?" Episode #40, 05-02-52, "Suzy's Cue" First line of introduction: "Her name was Suzy, and she was very, very far from being a floozy. She was lovely, and she was a countess." First line of story: "What brought me to Vienna was a hint that for an astute financier like myself there was an honest buck or two to be made on the international currency market. Not black, you understand, just a pale shade of gray." Episode #41, 05-09-52, "Vive la Chance" First line of introduction: "Put a man in a Palm Beach suit, sling a camera over his shoulder, give him a cigar and an American accent, and anywhere on the continent of Europe he's marked down at once by the smart boys as a sheep ready for slaughter." First line of story: "It happened, as I've said, in Paris. In a casual sort of way, I got to know a couple of the local boys named Paul and Pierre." Episode #42, 05-16-52, "Elusive Vermeer" First line of introduction: "Have you ever tried looking for a needle in a haystack? Well, I did a bit of needle searching in London myself not so long ago, only this was no ordinary needle." First line of story: "I first met Horace St. John [pronounced 'sinjin'] Windemeer — oh yes, that really was his name — in Cannes." Episode #43, 05-23-52, "Murder On The Riviera" First line of introduction: "This little story of frustrated love and violent death just happened to happen on the Cote d'Azur." First line of story: "Well, I went back to my truck and turned it around. Don't ask me why, I'm just telling you what I did." Episode #44, 05-30-52, "Pearls Of Bohemia" First line of introduction: "The police of Milan, like the police of any other town of the world, can sometimes be mistaken." First line of story: "Melody Johnson wasn't home when I got to the address on the hill above Richardis (sp?). Melody Johnson, that was the name given in the ad." Episode #45, 06-06-52, "A Night In The Harem" First line of introduction: "Most people, you know, spend their lives searching for something." First line of story: "Well, when I ran into Sam I felt as though I'd struck oil myself. He was sitting in the Tour d'Argent all alone." Episode #46, 06-13-52, "Blackmail Is a Nasty Word" First line of introduction: "I've messed around in a lot of messy things. You know me, I'm no angel." First line of story: "It all started in Marseilles back in '47. I was running cigarettes into France in those days; cigarettes and a few other commodities, as I think I've told you before." Episode #47, 06-20-52, "The Professor Regrets" First line of introduction: "I'm not by any manner of means the hero of this story, nor the villain, which is just as well since it concerns one of the great traitors of our time. But I was around when it happened, and for a bit when it was over." First line of story: "Well, it really started in the casino, or rather on the terrace that leads off it. I'd been playing chemin-de-fer, or maybe 'playing' is the wrong word." Episode #48, 06-27-52, "The Hard Way" First line of introduction: "You know, I've tried everything in my time. Just about everything. Confidence rackets, smuggling, the black market. Once, believe it or not, I even tried going straight, and here's the story of what happened to me then. It's called 'The Hard Way.' Stick around." First line of story: "I figure it like this, Harry, the good old days is over and past. Things here in Europe is not what they was, not like just after the war." Episode #49, 07-04-52, "Paris Is Not the Same" First line of introduction: "Sooner or later, one way or another, crime is at the seat of every human story. Some ordinary little mugg telling a lot of other ordinary little muggs how he once rubbed elbows with Jack the Ripper, or Jack himself. Not that I approve of Jack. Murder is usually a mistake and always messy. Personally I never indulge" First line of story: "It all started on the Geneva express. A fat little character with very little charm and no hair to speak of was giggling at one of my jokes." Episode #50, 07-11-52, "Honeymoon" First line of introduction: "This time, just for a change of pace, I've got a yarn for you about a honeymoon." First line of story: "This all happened in Sicily, which is as good a place for a honeymoon as there is anywhere in the world, all sunshine, full moons, and orange blossoms. Ideal." Episode #51, 07-18-52, "The Blue Caribou" First line of introduction: "I don't know if you know the Republic of San Marino." First line of story: "That little fortune teller that came up to my table at the bar of the Hotel Lido. . . ." Episode #52, 07-25-52, "Greek To Greek" First line of introduction: "A short while ago, I decided to pay a visit to Greece. I've always been interested in art objects, especially if they're the expensive, easily portable sort, and that's why sculpture isn't normally my line." First line of story: "Say ah." "Ah." "Again." "Ah." "Say twenty-two."
Frank Passage's Radio Logs
T H E L I V E S O F H A R R Y L I M E ----- --------- --- --------- ------- 1951 - 1952 First Show: Aug 03, 1951 Last Show: Jul 25, 1952 Number Shows: 52 Audition Show: the movie Series Description: THE LIVES OF HARRY LIME was the radio follow-up to the movie THE THIRD MAN, a black and white classic 1949 film by screenwriter Graham Greene. Harry Lime, in the movie, is a manipulative black market drug dealer. In the radio series, his role is expanded to con-artist extrodinaire, who tackles almost anything illegal, with someone else always getting caught. Where the movie accentuated his black side in the end, you can't help but like the radio-Lime, while admitting he's bad. The radio series was produced for in London by Harry Alan Towers (Towers of London) and syndicated in the US. Orson Welles played both the movie and the radio Harry Lime. The radio shows opened with the sound of a gunshot and this Welles monologue: "That was the shot that killed Harry Lime. He died in a sewer beneath Vienna, as those of you know who saw the movie, 'The Third Man'. Yes, that was the end of Harry Lime but not the beginning. Harry Lime had many lives and I can recount all of them. How do I know? Very simple, because my name is Harry Lime." The haunting theme music in both the film and radio series was per- formed by Anton Karas on an unaccompanied zither. Log Comments: Broadcast dates appeared very infrequently in catalogs. The only source having all broadcast dates was Jerry Haendiges. Many listed show numbers (since they appear on syndication disks), making broad- cast ordering possible. Show titles were not announced at the start of shows but titles did appear on transcription disks. I assume that the majority of catalogs use the transcription disk titles. There were a few catalog titles that didn't match the most common titles. These are listed at the end of the list and are identified by lack of series number. Log: Date Num Title ------------ --- ----------------------------------- ... all shows aired on Fridays .... Aug 03, 1951 1 "Too Many Crooks" * Aug 10, 1951 2 "See Naples and Live" 123 56789A Aug 17, 1951 3 "Clay Pigeon" 123456789A Aug 24, 1951 4 "Ticket to Tangier" 123 56789A Aug 31, 1951 5 "Voodoo" 123 56789A Sep 07, 1951 6 "The Bohemian Star" 123 56789A Sep 14, 1951 7 "Love Affair" 123 56789A Sep 21, 1951 8 "Rogue's Holiday" 123 56789A Sep 28, 1951 9 "Work of Art" 123456789A Oct 05, 1951 10 "Operation Music Box" 123456789A Oct 12, 1951 11 "Golden Fleece" 123456789A Oct 19, 1951 12 "Blue Bride" 123456789A Oct 26, 1951 13 "Every Franc Has a Silver Lining" 123456789A Nov 02, 1951 14 "Mexican Hat Trick" 123456789A Nov 09, 1951 15 "Art is Long and Lime Is Fleeting" 123456789A Nov 16, 1951 16 "In Pursuit of a Ghost" 123456789A Nov 23, 1951 17 "Horse Play" 123456789A Nov 30, 1951 18 "Three Farthings For Your Thoughts" * Dec 07, 1951 19 "The Third Woman" 123456789A Dec 14, 1951 20 "An Old Moorish Custom" 123456789A Dec 21, 1951 21 "It's A Knockout" * Dec 28, 1951 22 "Two Is Company" 2 56789 Jan 04, 1952 23 "Cherchez La Gem" 123456789A Jan 11, 1952 24 "Hands of Glory" 123456789A Jan 18, 1952 25 "Double Double Trouble" 12 456789A Alt: "The Double Double Cross" Jan 25, 1952 26 "Five Thousand Pengoes and a Kiss" 12 456789A Feb 01, 1952 27 "Dark Enchantress" 12 56789A Feb 08, 1952 28 "Earl on Troubled Waters" 12 456789A Feb 15, 1952 29 "The Dead Candidate" 12 456789A Feb 22, 1952 30 "It's In The Bag" 12 56789A Feb 29, 1952 31 "Hyacinth Patrol" 12 456789A Mar 07, 1952 32 "Turnabout is Foul Play" 12 456789A Mar 14, 1952 33 "Violets, Sweet Violets" 12 456789A Mar 21, 1952 34 "Faith, Lime and Charity" * Mar 28, 1952 35 "Pleasure Before Business" 12 456789A Apr 04, 1952 36 "Fool's Gold" 12 456789A Apr 11, 1952 37 "Man of Mystery" * Apr 18, 1952 38 "The Painted Smile" 12 45 789A Apr 25, 1952 39 "Harry Lime Joins The Circus" 12 45 789A May 02, 1952 40 "Suzie's Cue" 12 45 789A May 09, 1952 41 "Viva La Chance" 12 5 789A May 16, 1952 42 "The Elusive Vermeer" 12 5 789A May 23, 1952 43 "Murder on the Riviera" 12 45 789A May 30, 1952 44 "Pearls of Bohemia" 12 45 789A Jun 06, 1952 45 "A Night in a Harem" 12 45 789A Jun 13, 1952 46 "Blackmail is a Nasty Word" 12 45 789A Jun 20, 1952 47 "The Professor Regrets" 12 45 789A Jun 27, 1952 48 "The Hard Way" 12 45 789A Jul 04, 1952 49 "Paris Is Not The Same" 12 45 789A Jul 11, 1952 50 "Honeymoon" 12 45 789A Jul 18, 1952 51 "The Blue Caribou" * Jul 25, 1952 52 "Greek Meets Greek" * ... unmatched titles ... El Zorro 1 The Racetrack 1 Additional: Although not part of the series, there are a few other Harry Lime related shows. * Steve Kelez' Radio Showcase catalog lists the U.S. STEEL HOUR production of "The Third Man", 01-07-51, a one hour show staring Joseph Cotten in his original role as Holly Martins. * Ed Carr's catalog listed a BBC production of "The Third Man". Information Sources: The information above was obtained from the following OTR vendors and clubs. Contact them directly for more information. Key Source --- ---------------------------------------------------------------- 1 North American Radio Archives, 134 Vincewood Dr., Nicolasville, KY 40356 2 Jerry Haendiges Productions, Jerry Haendiges, 13808 Sunset Dr., Whittier, CA 90602 3 Society to Preserve and Encourage Radio Drama, Variety And Comedy, PO Box 7177, Van Nuys, CA 91409-7177 4 Radio Historical Association of Colorado, PO Box 1908, Englewood, CO 80150 5 Radio Showcase, Steve Kelez, PO Box 4357, Santa Rosa, CA 95402 6 Vintage Broadcasts, Andy Blatt, PO Box 50065, Staten Island, NY 10305 7 Great American Radio, Gary Kramer, PO Box 504, Genesee, MI 48437 8 Radio Memories, Ted Davenport, 1600 Wewoka St., North Little Rock, AR 72116 9 Crabapple Sound, Henry Hinkel, 254 Florida Ave., Amsterdam, NY 12010 A Memories Of Radio, Dick Judge, PO Box 67800, Rochester NY 14617 To be fair to all, this is not an endorsement of the above vendors and clubs. I receive nothing by mentioning them. They help keep OTR alive. Please support them. References: * "The Ultimate History of Network Radio Programming and Guide To All Circulating Shows", third edition, by Jay Hickerson, Box 4321, Hamden, CT 06514 Other Logs or Books: * THE LIVES OF HARRY LIME log, Jerry Haendiges Productions, 13808 Sunset Dr., Whittier, CA 90602 (available from the Internet at The Vintage Radio Place, http://www.otrsite.com) Reader Feedback: * Dick Judge provided show title typo corrections. Last Update: Feb 22, 2001 This log is informational only and does not imply that I, or the information sources mentioned, have these shows for trade or sale. The shows may still be protected under copyright law and should be obtained only from authorized dealers. Please send error corrections or additional information to Frank Passage, 109 Elmwood Road, Verona, NJ 07044 or via e-mail to email@example.com.
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