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Although divorce was rare during the golden age of radio, the topic still lends itself to juicy drama.

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Divorce Decree

A young girl's marriage is supposed to be the happiest moment in her life. The sacrament of marriage is endorsed and encouraged by all the major religions as well as all civil governments. The symbolism of the marriage contract can be debated between the various institutions which practice it, but the result is universal; marriage is a commitment between two people to love and support one another and build a family. It is recognized as a lifelong commitment, yet nearly half of all marriages end in divorce.

man begging for wife forgiveness at courthouse 1948Divorce in the United States was a relatively rare occurrence until the 1960's (coincidentally, about the time that the Golden Age of Radio ended). This is not to say that divorce never occurred, but prior to the adoption of "no-fault" divorce laws, the spouse seeking divorce was required to show "fault" or grounds for the divorce. These included abandonment, cruelty, incurable mental disease, or adultery. Since divorce was considered to go against the public interest, it was difficult to achieve in most jurisdictions. One of the major obstacles to divorce is religion, and the only modern countries where divorce is not practiced are Vatican City and the Philippines.

The Church's position on divorce was laid out on The Catholic Hour in 1943 in an episode titled "Crisis in Christendom". There are countless examples of people who remained in unhappy, even unhealthy marriages because of the religious restrictions. Many of these were well-known celebrities, although the "loose morals" of the Hollywood movie colony seemed to be a haven for divorce and divorcees. Whether the divorce rate for showbiz couples was in fact any higher than among the general public is debatable, but the cases made great fodder for gossip programs like Hedda Hopper's Hollywood and The Louella Parsons Show. Rumors can be damaging in other situations, Peg and Babs go out of town for a wedding and rumors of divorce begin flying on The Life of Riley.

One of the most common reasons for divorce is a cheating spouse like we see on Lux Radio Theatre's adaptations of "The Awful Truth". Sometimes the reason for wandering, and more often the reason for divorce is that couples can drift apart. A classic example of this is seen in the story "Dodsworth" presented by Campbell's Playhouse when a hardworking businessman takes his wife on a vacation to Europe when he retires, by which time he discovers that they never had very much in common.

Sometimes divorce seems like it can occur over simple things. Jane Ace on Easy Aces teaches her young friend that "strangled eggs" and bad coffee can be grounds for divorce. One of the most egregious examples of miscommunication ruining a marriage occurs on Columbia Workshop's episode "Anniversary”, where the couple has only been married for a year, but when they both have a bad day, neither one will take the time to understand what the other is really saying and the marriage breaks up over nothing.

Divorce granted for bad poetry

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    total playtime 36 hours, 27 min
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    Volume 1 - 41 shows - total playtime 19 hours 42 minutes
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    1. Abbotts 550508 31 Greeneyed Divorcee.mp3
    2. Amos And Andy Show 450105 Andy Witness.mp3
    3. Amos And Andy Show 540110 Gold Bracelet 25th Anniversary.mp3
    4. Best Plays 521207 23 Skylark.mp3
    5. Big Town 371026 002 Fire Trap.mp3
    6. Campbell Playhouse 391126 38 Dodsworth.mp3
    7. Campbells Short Short Story 400503 Success Story.mp3
    8. Carter Sisters 40000x 17 Divorce C.o.d..mp3
    9. Catholic Hour 430214 07 Christian Order And Family Kyrie.mp3
    10. Chase And Sanborn Hour 311213Its Wonderful Weather For Love.mp3
    11. Columbia Workshop 460209 002 Anniversary.mp3
    12. Crime Doctor 450520 Case Of Bigamy.mp3
    13. Dark Fantasy 420220 Delicate Case Of Murder.mp3
    14. Dr Christian 400626 084 Suggestions For Divorce.mp3
    15. Dragnet 540907 Big Trunk.mp3
    16. Easy Aces 000000 0219 Johnny Has His Start On Radio.mp3
    17. Ellery Queen 440713 Foul Tip.mp3
    18. Front Page Drama 350102 0088 Second Sight.mp3
    19. Front Page Drama 400803 0380 House Divided.mp3
    20. Ft 510606 223 Hold Out Heart.mp3
    21. Guiding Light 000000 Episode 0820.mp3
    22. Guiding Light 000000 Episode 0821.mp3
    23. Guiding Light 000000 Episode 0824.mp3
    24. Guiding Light 000000 Episode 0837.mp3
    25. Guiding Light 000000 Ted And Meta Breaking Up.mp3
    26. Hear It Now 510504 21 Reno And Divorce Business.mp3
    27. Hedda Hopper Show 510304 X Roy Rogers.mp3
    28. Hedda Hopper Show 510318 J. Carroll Naish.mp3
    29. I Want Divorce 410404 June And Perry.mp3
    30. Inspector Thorne 510720 Fabulous Divorce Payoff.mp3
    31. Jergens Journal 481226.mp3
    32. Life Of Riley 441126 046 Bridesmaid Babs.mp3
    33. Lou Holtz Laugh Club 000000 35 Show 35.mp3
    34. Louella Parsons 511007 Vic Damone.mp3
    35. Lux Radio Theater 390911 228 Awful Truth.mp3
    36. Lux Radio Theater 410310 298 Awful Truth Repeat.mp3
    37. Lux Radio Theater 450226 472 Bedtime Story Repeat.mp3
    38. Lux Radio Theater 480405 610 Daisy Kenyon.mp3
    39. Lux Radio Theater 510903 754 Payment On Demand.mp3
    40. Lux Radio Theater 550118 906 Awful Truth Repeat.mp3
    41. Midstream 391206 Timothy Wants Midge To Leave Alan.mp3
    Volume 2 - 40 shows - total playtime 16 hours 45 minutes
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    1. Monticello Party Line 381208 729.mp3
    2. Monticello Party Line 381208 735.mp3
    3. Monticello Party Line 381220 737.mp3
    4. Old Gold Comedy Theater 441029 Palm Beach Story.mp3
    5. Old Gold Comedy Theater 450506 Hired Wife.mp3
    6. One Mans Family 510416 B084c21 Pending Divorce.mp3
    7. One Mans Family 580116 B129c13 Belated Echo Of New Years Eve.mp3
    8. Police Blotter 000000 Homicide By Hurricane.mp3
    9. Radio Readers Digest 470515 063 Half Way To Reno.mp3
    10. Richard Diamond Private Detective 500809 Edna Wolf Case.mp3
    11. Richard Diamond Private Detective 501115 Mona Lisa Murder.mp3
    12. Rudy Vallee Fleischmanns Yeast Hour 330302 176 Bert Lytell.mp3
    13. Rudy Vallee Royal Gelatin Hour 370304 Guest Walter Abel.mp3
    14. Sam Spade 481107 124 Sqp Caper.mp3
    15. Screen Directors Playhouse 490320 011 Perfect Marraige.mp3
    16. Screen Directors Playhouse 490327 012 Suddenly Its Spring.mp3
    17. Screen Guild Theater 391001 024 Imperfect Lady.mp3
    18. Screen Guild Theater 400317 Awful Truth.mp3
    19. Screen Guild Theater 401013 Private Lives.mp3
    20. Smiths Of Hollywood 470411 Nancy Has An Accident.mp3
    21. Suspense 540329 Somebody Help Me.mp3
    22. Suspense 570908 Old Army Buddy.mp3
    23. Theater Five 650315 Divorce American Style.mp3
    24. Theater Guild On Air 461201 052 Bill Of Divorcement.mp3
    25. This Is Story 50000x 004 Pocket Guide Afrs.mp3
    26. This Is Your Fbi 530109 406 Divorced Child.mp3
    27. Tonight In Hollywood 000000 Guest Lucille Ball.mp3
    28. Trouble Is My Business 000000 Trouble Is My Business.mp3
    29. Uncle Jimmy 30000x Episode 055.mp3
    30. Uncle Jimmy 30000x Episode 082.mp3
    31. Uncle Jimmy 30000x Episode 090.mp3
    32. Upper Room 000000 5 Two Heads Are Better Than One.mp3
    33. Whistler 421122 028 Other Woman.mp3
    34. Whistler 460805 219 Bullet Proof.mp3
    35. Whistler 471029 283 Back Door.mp3
    36. Whistler 480128 296 Night Final.mp3
    37. Whistler 501029 439 Intruder.mp3
    38. Worlds Great Novels 471010 Diana Of Crossways.mp3
    39. Yiddish Radio Project 000000 14 Jewish Philosopher.mp3
    40. Yours Truly Johnny Dollar 521205 James Clayton Matter.mp3
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    Volume 1 - 41 shows - total playtime 19 hours 42 minutes
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    1. Abbotts 550508 31 Greeneyed Divorcee.mp3
    2. Amos And Andy Show 450105 Andy Witness.mp3
    3. Amos And Andy Show 540110 Gold Bracelet 25th Anniversary.mp3
    4. Best Plays 521207 23 Skylark.mp3
    5. Big Town 371026 002 Fire Trap.mp3
    6. Campbell Playhouse 391126 38 Dodsworth.mp3
    7. Campbells Short Short Story 400503 Success Story.mp3
    8. Carter Sisters 40000x 17 Divorce C.o.d..mp3
    9. Catholic Hour 430214 07 Christian Order And Family Kyrie.mp3
    10. Chase And Sanborn Hour 311213Its Wonderful Weather For Love.mp3
    11. Columbia Workshop 460209 002 Anniversary.mp3
    12. Crime Doctor 450520 Case Of Bigamy.mp3
    13. Dark Fantasy 420220 Delicate Case Of Murder.mp3
    14. Dr Christian 400626 084 Suggestions For Divorce.mp3
    15. Dragnet 540907 Big Trunk.mp3
    16. Easy Aces 000000 0219 Johnny Has His Start On Radio.mp3
    17. Ellery Queen 440713 Foul Tip.mp3
    18. Front Page Drama 350102 0088 Second Sight.mp3
    19. Front Page Drama 400803 0380 House Divided.mp3
    20. Ft 510606 223 Hold Out Heart.mp3
    21. Guiding Light 000000 Episode 0820.mp3
    22. Guiding Light 000000 Episode 0821.mp3
    23. Guiding Light 000000 Episode 0824.mp3
    24. Guiding Light 000000 Episode 0837.mp3
    25. Guiding Light 000000 Ted And Meta Breaking Up.mp3
    26. Hear It Now 510504 21 Reno And Divorce Business.mp3
    27. Hedda Hopper Show 510304 X Roy Rogers.mp3
    28. Hedda Hopper Show 510318 J. Carroll Naish.mp3
    29. I Want Divorce 410404 June And Perry.mp3
    30. Inspector Thorne 510720 Fabulous Divorce Payoff.mp3
    31. Jergens Journal 481226.mp3
    32. Life Of Riley 441126 046 Bridesmaid Babs.mp3
    33. Lou Holtz Laugh Club 000000 35 Show 35.mp3
    34. Louella Parsons 511007 Vic Damone.mp3
    35. Lux Radio Theater 390911 228 Awful Truth.mp3
    36. Lux Radio Theater 410310 298 Awful Truth Repeat.mp3
    37. Lux Radio Theater 450226 472 Bedtime Story Repeat.mp3
    38. Lux Radio Theater 480405 610 Daisy Kenyon.mp3
    39. Lux Radio Theater 510903 754 Payment On Demand.mp3
    40. Lux Radio Theater 550118 906 Awful Truth Repeat.mp3
    41. Midstream 391206 Timothy Wants Midge To Leave Alan.mp3
    Volume 2 - 40 shows - total playtime 16 hours 45 minutes
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    1. Monticello Party Line 381208 729.mp3
    2. Monticello Party Line 381208 735.mp3
    3. Monticello Party Line 381220 737.mp3
    4. Old Gold Comedy Theater 441029 Palm Beach Story.mp3
    5. Old Gold Comedy Theater 450506 Hired Wife.mp3
    6. One Mans Family 510416 B084c21 Pending Divorce.mp3
    7. One Mans Family 580116 B129c13 Belated Echo Of New Years Eve.mp3
    8. Police Blotter 000000 Homicide By Hurricane.mp3
    9. Radio Readers Digest 470515 063 Half Way To Reno.mp3
    10. Richard Diamond Private Detective 500809 Edna Wolf Case.mp3
    11. Richard Diamond Private Detective 501115 Mona Lisa Murder.mp3
    12. Rudy Vallee Fleischmanns Yeast Hour 330302 176 Bert Lytell.mp3
    13. Rudy Vallee Royal Gelatin Hour 370304 Guest Walter Abel.mp3
    14. Sam Spade 481107 124 Sqp Caper.mp3
    15. Screen Directors Playhouse 490320 011 Perfect Marraige.mp3
    16. Screen Directors Playhouse 490327 012 Suddenly Its Spring.mp3
    17. Screen Guild Theater 391001 024 Imperfect Lady.mp3
    18. Screen Guild Theater 400317 Awful Truth.mp3
    19. Screen Guild Theater 401013 Private Lives.mp3
    20. Smiths Of Hollywood 470411 Nancy Has An Accident.mp3
    21. Suspense 540329 Somebody Help Me.mp3
    22. Suspense 570908 Old Army Buddy.mp3
    23. Theater Five 650315 Divorce American Style.mp3
    24. Theater Guild On Air 461201 052 Bill Of Divorcement.mp3
    25. This Is Story 50000x 004 Pocket Guide Afrs.mp3
    26. This Is Your Fbi 530109 406 Divorced Child.mp3
    27. Tonight In Hollywood 000000 Guest Lucille Ball.mp3
    28. Trouble Is My Business 000000 Trouble Is My Business.mp3
    29. Uncle Jimmy 30000x Episode 055.mp3
    30. Uncle Jimmy 30000x Episode 082.mp3
    31. Uncle Jimmy 30000x Episode 090.mp3
    32. Upper Room 000000 5 Two Heads Are Better Than One.mp3
    33. Whistler 421122 028 Other Woman.mp3
    34. Whistler 460805 219 Bullet Proof.mp3
    35. Whistler 471029 283 Back Door.mp3
    36. Whistler 480128 296 Night Final.mp3
    37. Whistler 501029 439 Intruder.mp3
    38. Worlds Great Novels 471010 Diana Of Crossways.mp3
    39. Yiddish Radio Project 000000 14 Jewish Philosopher.mp3
    40. Yours Truly Johnny Dollar 521205 James Clayton Matter.mp3
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    81 recordings on 41 Audio CDs
    total playtime 36 hours, 27 min

    Divorce Disc A001

    1. Carter Sisters 40000x 17 Divorce C.o.d.
    2. This Is Story 50000x 004 Pocket Guide Afrs
    3. Uncle Jimmy 30000x Episode 055

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    Divorce Disc A002

    1. Uncle Jimmy 30000x Episode 082
    2. Uncle Jimmy 30000x Episode 090
    3. Easy Aces 000000 0219 Johnny Has His Start On Radio
    4. Guiding Light 000000 Episode 0820
    5. Guiding Light 000000 Episode 0821

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    Divorce Disc A003

    1. Guiding Light 000000 Episode 0824
    2. Guiding Light 000000 Episode 0837
    3. Guiding Light 000000 Ted And Meta Breaking Up
    4. Lou Holtz Laugh Club 000000 35 Show 35
    5. Police Blotter 000000 Homicide By Hurricane

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    Divorce Disc A004

    1. Tonight In Hollywood 000000 Guest Lucille Ball
    2. Trouble Is My Business 000000 Trouble Is My Business
    3. Upper Room 000000 5 Two Heads Are Better Than One
    4. Yiddish Radio Project 000000 14 Jewish Philosopher

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    Divorce Disc A005

    1. Chase And Sanborn Hour 311213Its Wonderful Weather For Love

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    Divorce Disc A006

    1. Rudy Vallee Fleischmanns Yeast Hour 330302 176 Bert Lytell

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    Divorce Disc A007

    1. Front Page Drama 350102 0088 Second Sight

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    Divorce Disc A008

    1. Rudy Vallee Royal Gelatin Hour 370304 Guest Walter Abel

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    Divorce Disc A009

    1. Big Town 371026 002 Fire Trap
    2. Monticello Party Line 381208 729
    3. Monticello Party Line 381208 735

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    Divorce Disc A010

    1. Monticello Party Line 381220 737

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    Divorce Disc A011

    1. Lux Radio Theater 390911 228 Awful Truth
    2. Screen Guild Theater 391001 024 Imperfect Lady

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    Divorce Disc A012

    1. Campbell Playhouse 391126 38 Dodsworth
    2. Midstream 391206 Timothy Wants Midge To Leave Alan

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    Divorce Disc A013

    1. Screen Guild Theater 400317 Awful Truth
    2. Campbells Short Short Story 400503 Success Story
    3. Dr Christian 400626 084 Suggestions For Divorce

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    Divorce Disc A014

    1. Front Page Drama 400803 0380 House Divided
    2. Screen Guild Theater 401013 Private Lives

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    Divorce Disc A015

    1. Lux Radio Theater 410310 298 Awful Truth Repeat

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    Divorce Disc A016

    1. I Want Divorce 410404 June And Perry
    2. Dark Fantasy 420220 Delicate Case Of Murder

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    Divorce Disc A017

    1. Whistler 421122 028 Other Woman
    2. Catholic Hour 430214 07 Christian Order And Family Kyrie

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    Divorce Disc A018

    1. Ellery Queen 440713 Foul Tip
    2. Old Gold Comedy Theater 441029 Palm Beach Story

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    Divorce Disc A019

    1. Life Of Riley 441126 046 Bridesmaid Babs
    2. Amos And Andy Show 450105 Andy Witness

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    Divorce Disc A020

    1. Lux Radio Theater 450226 472 Bedtime Story Repeat

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    Divorce Disc A021

    1. Old Gold Comedy Theater 450506 Hired Wife
    2. Crime Doctor 450520 Case Of Bigamy

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    Divorce Disc A022

    1. Columbia Workshop 460209 002 Anniversary
    2. Whistler 460805 219 Bullet Proof

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    Divorce Disc A023

    1. Theater Guild On Air 461201 052 Bill Of Divorcement

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    Divorce Disc A024

    1. Smiths Of Hollywood 470411 Nancy Has An Accident
    2. Radio Readers Digest 470515 063 Half Way To Reno

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    Divorce Disc A025

    1. Worlds Great Novels 471010 Diana Of Crossways
    2. Whistler 471029 283 Back Door

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    Divorce Disc A026

    1. Whistler 480128 296 Night Final

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    Divorce Disc A027

    1. Lux Radio Theater 480405 610 Daisy Kenyon

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    Divorce Disc A028

    1. Sam Spade 481107 124 Sqp Caper
    2. Jergens Journal 481226
    3. Screen Directors Playhouse 490320 011 Perfect Marraige

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    Divorce Disc A029

    1. Screen Directors Playhouse 490327 012 Suddenly Its Spring
    2. Richard Diamond Private Detective 500809 Edna Wolf Case

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    Divorce Disc A030

    1. Whistler 501029 439 Intruder
    2. Richard Diamond Private Detective 501115 Mona Lisa Murder

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    Divorce Disc A031

    1. Hedda Hopper Show 510304 X Roy Rogers
    2. Hedda Hopper Show 510318 J. Carroll Naish

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    Divorce Disc A032

    1. One Mans Family 510416 B084c21 Pending Divorce
    2. Hear It Now 510504 21 Reno And Divorce Business

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    Divorce Disc A033

    1. Ft 510606 223 Hold Out Heart
    2. Inspector Thorne 510720 Fabulous Divorce Payoff

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    Divorce Disc A034

    1. Lux Radio Theater 510903 754 Payment On Demand
    2. Louella Parsons 511007 Vic Damone

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    Divorce Disc A035

    1. Yours Truly Johnny Dollar 521205 James Clayton Matter

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    Divorce Disc A036

    1. Best Plays 521207 23 Skylark

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    Divorce Disc A037

    1. This Is Your Fbi 530109 406 Divorced Child
    2. Amos And Andy Show 540110 Gold Bracelet 25th Anniversary

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    Divorce Disc A038

    1. Suspense 540329 Somebody Help Me
    2. Dragnet 540907 Big Trunk

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    Divorce Disc A039

    1. Lux Radio Theater 550118 906 Awful Truth Repeat

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    Divorce Disc A040

    1. Abbotts 550508 31 Greeneyed Divorcee
    2. Suspense 570908 Old Army Buddy
    3. One Mans Family 580116 B129c13 Belated Echo Of New Years Eve

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    Divorce Disc A041

    1. Theater Five 650315 Divorce American Style

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