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Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. Collection

Avoiding the swashbuckling roles so he wouldn't be compared to his father, Douglas Fairbanks Jr was Hollywood royalty before serving in WWII.

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    Fairbanks JrIt can be hard to maintain the metaphor of Hollywood Royalty in the fickle world show business reality, but by any measure, it would be hard to deny that Douglas Fairbanks Jr was a Prince of Hollywood.

    Douglas Fairbanks JrFor one thing, he had the lineage to be called a prince, Fairbanks Sr, and his second wife, Mary Pickford, were the original Hollywood "Power Couple", not only starring in silent movies but along with Charlie Chaplin and D.W. Griffith founded United Artists so that they could maintain financial and creative freedom from the commercial studio system (Fairbanks Sr's films kept UA afloat in the years after its founding). Fairbanks Sr was best known for creating numerous swashbuckling roles, leading the way for actors like Errol Flynn, Tyrone Power, Basil Rathbone, and his own son. Unlike the other great swashbuckling stars, Douglas Fairbanks Jr "buckled more than a few swashes" in real life!

    Fairbanks Sr established himself on Broadway between 1902 and 1908, and along the way, he wooed and married Anna Beth Sully, the daughter of a Rhode Island industrialist. Their only son, Douglas Jr, was born in New York City, 1909, and the family moved to Hollywood in 1915. Fairbanks Sr quickly established himself as one of Hollywood's first icons with films like American Aristocracy (1916), A Modern Musketeer (1917), The Mark of Zorro (1920), The Three Musketeers (1921), and Robin Hood (1922). He began his affair with Mary Pickford in 1916, and Anna Beth granted him a divorce in late 1918 (Pickford was also married at the time).

    Douglas Jr moved with his mother to New York, Paris, and London. He attended a military school in New York before entering the Pasadena Polytechnic Institute in California. He excelled at academics and developed a love of the arts, becoming a proficient painter and sculptor. He was just 14 when Paramount Studios, likely hoping to capitalize on his father's name, signed him to a film contract. His first effort, Stephen Steps Out (1923) was a flop, but Douglas Jr soon proved a talented and versatile actor, appearing in Stella Dallas (1925), An American Venus (1926) and Women Love Diamonds (1927). He carefully refused swashbuckling parts in the early years of his career to avoid comparison with his father.

    Fairbanks JrAs the Silent Era drew to a close, Fairbanks was cast to co-star with up and coming Joan Crawford in Our Modern Maidens (1929). Fairbanks and Crawford began seeing each other and were married in the Actors' Chapel at St Malachy's Church (although neither were Catholic) on June 3, 1929. Relations between Fairbanks Sr and Crawford were cold at first, he accused her of "cradle robbing" (she was five years older than his son) and the couple were not invited to Pickfair for eight months after their wedding, she eventually won over her father-in-law, but relations remained strained between Crawford and Pickford.

    While his wife was becoming the darling of the MGM lot, Fairbanks signed with Warner Bros where he was convinced to try his hand at a few adventure films (if not quite outright swashbucklers) beginning with Dawn Patrol (1930), Outward Bound (1930) and Little Caesar (1931). He supported several of Hollywood's most desirable leading ladies during this period, including Bette Davis, Loretta Young, Mary Bryan, and most notably, Katherine Hepburn. Jack Warner took his advice when Fairbanks pointed out a rising Australian actor, Errol Flynn. His marriage to Crawford ended in divorce in 1933 (he was just 19 at the time of the wedding), and when Warners' asked their contract Stars to take a 50% pay cut in 1934 because of the Great Depression, Fairbanks refused and was sacked.

    Douglas Jr was offered work in Great Britain and he made films there until David O. Selznick coaxed him back to Hollywood by offering the role of Rupert in The Prisoner of Zenda (1937). His biggest hit was in Gunga Din (1939), and his last film before the War was The Corsican Brothers (1941).

    Fairbanks was thirty-years-old but itching to do "something" to strike at Hitler when he accepted a reserve-commission in the Navy in 1940 (he went through officer training school with his friend Robert Montgomery). He took great pains to avoid any special treatment because of his movie-star status, but as a friend of FDR's, he was tasked with occasional diplomatic duties. Fairbanks was aboard the USS Wichita while escorting the ill-fated convoy PQ-17 (during the summer of 1942, 24 of the convoy's 35 merchant ships were sunk by German forces). While assigned to Admiral Lord Mountbatten's Commando staff, Fairbanks chose to undergo the rigorous British Commando training (which was far from expected, given that he was assigned as an observer). He also learned beach harassment and military deception techniques, which he brought to US Admiral Hewitt's attention when he was reassigned to his staff in Virginia Beach.

    Douglas Fairbanks JrAs Hewitt was preparing for the Invasion of Africa, Fairbanks convinced him of the value of a Naval Deception unit. 180 officers and 300 enlisted men were recruited for what would become the Beach Jumper Program. Lt Fairbanks was too junior to command the entire Program, but he did lead a unit consisting of ten plywood Air-Sea Rescue boats (essentially PT Boats without torpedo launchers) which were fitted with pyrotechnics, smoke machines, lighting fixtures, and high-powered sound equipment designed to fool the enemy into believing that an amphibious invasion force was just outside the surf line. The Beach Jumpers were named for their ability to quickly hit the beach and cause trouble, although some said their job was to simply "scare the be-jesus out of the enemy". The Beach Jumpers first saw action during Operation Husky, the Invasion of Sicily, and spent the remainder of the War making life uncomfortable for German naval units in the Mediterranean.

    Post-War Hollywood, however, had little use for Douglas Fairbanks Jr. His come-back vehicles, Sinbad the Sailor (1947) and That Lady in Ermine (1947) did little at the box office, and he began spending more time at his estate in Great Britain where he was made an honorary Knight-Commander in the Order of the British Empire in 1949. During a return to Hollywood, his production company, Doug-Fair Productions, contracted with NBC to record several episodes of The Silent Men. The series profiled missions, often behind enemy lines, by agents of the various intelligence and law enforcement agencies during and after the War. Along with commandos, narcotics agents, immigration officers, postal agents, CIA men, and Secret Service operators were profiled.

    Douglas Fairbanks Jr passed away from a heart attack on May 7, 2000. He was 90. Three Stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame recognize contributions by Douglas Fairbanks Jr, one at 6318 Hollywood Blvd for Motion Pictures, for Television at 6665 Hollywood Blvd, and at 6710 Hollywood Blvd for Radio.

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    64 recordings on 2 MP3 CDs for just $10.00
    total playtime 38 hours, 12 min
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    Volume 1 - 32 shows - total playtime 22 hours 35 minutes
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    1. Academy Award Ceremony 1947.mp3
    2. Big Show501203fredallenphilsilvers.mp3
    3. Cavalcade Of America 461021 Mr Conyngham Sweeps Seas.mp3
    4. Cavalcade Of America 470421 Doctor And President.mp3
    5. Cavalcade Of America 481213 Family Circle.mp3
    6. Cavalcade Of America 490221 Unheroic Hero.mp3
    7. Cavalcade Of America 500314 Crazy Judah.mp3
    8. Cavalcade Of America 501121 Stepping Stones.mp3
    9. Cavalcade Of America 511113 New Commandment.mp3
    10. Fleischmanns Yeast Hr 360227 Douglas Fairbanks Helen Keller.mp3
    11. Hallmark Playhouse 510301 117 Monsieur Beaucaire.mp3
    12. Hallmark Playhouse 510920 146 Prisoner Of Zenda.mp3
    13. Hedda Hopper Show 510211 X Carolina Cotton.mp3
    14. Hollywood Sound Stage 520131 08 Thirteen Rue Madeleine.mp3
    15. Hollywood Star Time 460428 17 Kidnapped.mp3
    16. Jack Benny Program 510128 756 Douglas Fairbanks Jr.mp3
    17. Kraft Music Hall 411009 Ida Ameche Ellington Fairbanks.mp3
    18. Lux Radio Theater 371220 155 Song Of Songs.mp3
    19. Lux Radio Theater 380214 163 Brief Moment.mp3
    20. Lux Radio Theater 390605 222 Prisoner Of Zenda.mp3
    21. Lux Radio Theater 391016 233 If I Were King.mp3
    22. Lux Radio Theater 401111 281 Nothing Sacred.mp3
    23. Lux Radio Theater 410929 319 Third Finger Left Hand.mp3
    24. Screen Directors Playhouse 490123 003 Exile.mp3
    25. Screen Directors Playhouse 500407 063 Fighting Oflynn.mp3
    26. Screen Directors Playhouse 510104 084 Prince Of Foxes 1 Hour.mp3
    27. Screen Directors Playhouse 510503 Captain From Castile.mp3
    28. Screen Guild Theater 390528 Revue.mp3
    29. Screen Guild Theater 400121 Cellini.mp3
    30. Screen Guild Theater 460527 Firebrand.mp3
    31. Screen Guild Theater 461007 317 Old Lady Shows Her Medals.mp3
    32. Sealtest Variety Theater 490127 020 Douglas Fairbanks Jr.mp3
    Volume 2 - 32 shows - total playtime 15 hours 36 minutes
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    1. Silent Men 511014 Big Sneak.mp3
    2. Silent Men 511015 001 Big Sneak.mp3
    3. Silent Men 511021 Empire of Pip the Blind.mp3
    4. Silent Men 511028 Case of Rubber Gloves.mp3
    5. Silent Men 511104 Death In The Mail.mp3
    6. Silent Men 511111 The TransAtlantic Push.mp3
    7. Silent Men 511118 Heroin Source X.mp3
    8. Silent Men 511125 The Roping of Joe Landis.mp3
    9. Silent Men 511202 Death and Taxes.mp3
    10. Silent Men 511209 Pirates, 20th Century Brand.mp3
    11. Silent Men 511216 The Bogus GI.mp3
    12. Silent Men 511223t Souvenirs of War.mp3
    13. Silent Men 520106 Visas For Sale.mp3
    14. Silent Men 520113 Little White Lies.mp3
    15. Silent Men 520120 The Gigantic Hoax.mp3
    16. Silent Men 520203 The Big Kill.mp3
    17. Silent Men 520209 Trouble at Suez.mp3
    18. Silent Men 520210 Blood Money.mp3
    19. Silent Men 520217 Stolen Arsenal.mp3
    20. Silent Men 520319 Confess Or Die.mp3
    21. Silent Men 520326 Murder In Vienna.mp3
    22. Silent Men 520409 The University Fix.mp3
    23. Silent Men 520416 The Torch.mp3
    24. Silent Men 520423 Food and War.mp3
    25. Silent Men 520507 Missing Masterpiece.mp3
    26. Silent Men 520514 The Miracle Cure.mp3
    27. Silent Men 520521 Sabotage.mp3
    28. Silent Men 520528 The Green Sedan.mp3
    29. Silver Theater 390514 046 Understudy.mp3
    30. Suspense 480722 Deep Into Darkness.mp3
    31. Theater Of Romance 460108 Corsican Brothers.mp3
    32. This Is War 420228 03 Your Navy.mp3
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    64 recordings on 2 MP3 Collection Downloads for just $10.00
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    Volume 1 - 32 shows - total playtime 22 hours 35 minutes
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    1. Academy Award Ceremony 1947.mp3
    2. Big Show501203fredallenphilsilvers.mp3
    3. Cavalcade Of America 461021 Mr Conyngham Sweeps Seas.mp3
    4. Cavalcade Of America 470421 Doctor And President.mp3
    5. Cavalcade Of America 481213 Family Circle.mp3
    6. Cavalcade Of America 490221 Unheroic Hero.mp3
    7. Cavalcade Of America 500314 Crazy Judah.mp3
    8. Cavalcade Of America 501121 Stepping Stones.mp3
    9. Cavalcade Of America 511113 New Commandment.mp3
    10. Fleischmanns Yeast Hr 360227 Douglas Fairbanks Helen Keller.mp3
    11. Hallmark Playhouse 510301 117 Monsieur Beaucaire.mp3
    12. Hallmark Playhouse 510920 146 Prisoner Of Zenda.mp3
    13. Hedda Hopper Show 510211 X Carolina Cotton.mp3
    14. Hollywood Sound Stage 520131 08 Thirteen Rue Madeleine.mp3
    15. Hollywood Star Time 460428 17 Kidnapped.mp3
    16. Jack Benny Program 510128 756 Douglas Fairbanks Jr.mp3
    17. Kraft Music Hall 411009 Ida Ameche Ellington Fairbanks.mp3
    18. Lux Radio Theater 371220 155 Song Of Songs.mp3
    19. Lux Radio Theater 380214 163 Brief Moment.mp3
    20. Lux Radio Theater 390605 222 Prisoner Of Zenda.mp3
    21. Lux Radio Theater 391016 233 If I Were King.mp3
    22. Lux Radio Theater 401111 281 Nothing Sacred.mp3
    23. Lux Radio Theater 410929 319 Third Finger Left Hand.mp3
    24. Screen Directors Playhouse 490123 003 Exile.mp3
    25. Screen Directors Playhouse 500407 063 Fighting Oflynn.mp3
    26. Screen Directors Playhouse 510104 084 Prince Of Foxes 1 Hour.mp3
    27. Screen Directors Playhouse 510503 Captain From Castile.mp3
    28. Screen Guild Theater 390528 Revue.mp3
    29. Screen Guild Theater 400121 Cellini.mp3
    30. Screen Guild Theater 460527 Firebrand.mp3
    31. Screen Guild Theater 461007 317 Old Lady Shows Her Medals.mp3
    32. Sealtest Variety Theater 490127 020 Douglas Fairbanks Jr.mp3
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    1. Silent Men 511014 Big Sneak.mp3
    2. Silent Men 511015 001 Big Sneak.mp3
    3. Silent Men 511021 Empire of Pip the Blind.mp3
    4. Silent Men 511028 Case of Rubber Gloves.mp3
    5. Silent Men 511104 Death In The Mail.mp3
    6. Silent Men 511111 The TransAtlantic Push.mp3
    7. Silent Men 511118 Heroin Source X.mp3
    8. Silent Men 511125 The Roping of Joe Landis.mp3
    9. Silent Men 511202 Death and Taxes.mp3
    10. Silent Men 511209 Pirates, 20th Century Brand.mp3
    11. Silent Men 511216 The Bogus GI.mp3
    12. Silent Men 511223t Souvenirs of War.mp3
    13. Silent Men 520106 Visas For Sale.mp3
    14. Silent Men 520113 Little White Lies.mp3
    15. Silent Men 520120 The Gigantic Hoax.mp3
    16. Silent Men 520203 The Big Kill.mp3
    17. Silent Men 520209 Trouble at Suez.mp3
    18. Silent Men 520210 Blood Money.mp3
    19. Silent Men 520217 Stolen Arsenal.mp3
    20. Silent Men 520319 Confess Or Die.mp3
    21. Silent Men 520326 Murder In Vienna.mp3
    22. Silent Men 520409 The University Fix.mp3
    23. Silent Men 520416 The Torch.mp3
    24. Silent Men 520423 Food and War.mp3
    25. Silent Men 520507 Missing Masterpiece.mp3
    26. Silent Men 520514 The Miracle Cure.mp3
    27. Silent Men 520521 Sabotage.mp3
    28. Silent Men 520528 The Green Sedan.mp3
    29. Silver Theater 390514 046 Understudy.mp3
    30. Suspense 480722 Deep Into Darkness.mp3
    31. Theater Of Romance 460108 Corsican Brothers.mp3
    32. This Is War 420228 03 Your Navy.mp3
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    64 recordings on 36 Audio CDs
    total playtime 34 hours, 0 min

    Douglas Fairbanks Jr Disc A001

    1. Fleischmanns Yeast Hr 360227 Douglas Fairbanks Helen Keller

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    1. Lux Radio Theater 371220 155 Song Of Songs

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    1. Lux Radio Theater 380214 163 Brief Moment

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    1. Silver Theater 390514 046 Understudy
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    1. Lux Radio Theater 390605 222 Prisoner Of Zenda

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    1. Lux Radio Theater 391016 233 If I Were King

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    1. Screen Guild Theater 400121 Cellini

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    1. Lux Radio Theater 401111 281 Nothing Sacred

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    Douglas Fairbanks Jr Disc A009

    1. Lux Radio Theater 410929 319 Third Finger Left Hand

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    Douglas Fairbanks Jr Disc A010

    1. Kraft Music Hall 411009 Ida Ameche Ellington Fairbanks

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    Douglas Fairbanks Jr Disc A011

    1. This Is War 420228 03 Your Navy
    2. Theater Of Romance 460108 Corsican Brothers

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    Douglas Fairbanks Jr Disc A012

    1. Hollywood Star Time 460428 17 Kidnapped
    2. Screen Guild Theater 460527 Firebrand

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    Douglas Fairbanks Jr Disc A013

    1. Screen Guild Theater 461007 317 Old Lady Shows Her Medals
    2. Cavalcade Of America 461021 Mr Conyngham Sweeps Seas

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    Douglas Fairbanks Jr Disc A014

    1. Cavalcade Of America 470421 Doctor And President
    2. Suspense 480722 Deep Into Darkness

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    Douglas Fairbanks Jr Disc A015

    1. Cavalcade Of America 481213 Family Circle
    2. Screen Directors Playhouse 490123 003 Exile

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    Douglas Fairbanks Jr Disc A016

    1. Sealtest Variety Theater 490127 020 Douglas Fairbanks Jr
    2. Cavalcade Of America 490221 Unheroic Hero

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    Douglas Fairbanks Jr Disc A017

    1. Cavalcade Of America 500314 Crazy Judah
    2. Screen Directors Playhouse 500407 063 Fighting Oflynn

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    Douglas Fairbanks Jr Disc A018

    1. Cavalcade Of America 501121 Stepping Stones
    2. Screen Directors Playhouse 510104 084 Prince Of Foxes 1 Hour
    3. Jack Benny Program 510128 756 Douglas Fairbanks Jr

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    Douglas Fairbanks Jr Disc A019

    1. Hedda Hopper Show 510211 X Carolina Cotton
    2. Hallmark Playhouse 510301 117 Monsieur Beaucaire

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    Douglas Fairbanks Jr Disc A020

    1. Screen Directors Playhouse 510503 Captain From Castile

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    Douglas Fairbanks Jr Disc A021

    1. Hallmark Playhouse 510920 146 Prisoner Of Zenda
    2. Silent Men 511014 Big Sneak

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    Douglas Fairbanks Jr Disc A022

    1. Silent Men 511015 001 Big Sneak
    2. Silent Men 511021 Empire of Pip the Blind

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    Douglas Fairbanks Jr Disc A023

    1. Silent Men 511028 Case of Rubber Gloves
    2. Silent Men 511104 Death In The Mail

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    Douglas Fairbanks Jr Disc A024

    1. Silent Men 511111 The TransAtlantic Push
    2. Cavalcade Of America 511113 New Commandment

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    Douglas Fairbanks Jr Disc A025

    1. Silent Men 511118 Heroin Source X
    2. Silent Men 511125 The Roping of Joe Landis

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    Douglas Fairbanks Jr Disc A026

    1. Silent Men 511202 Death and Taxes
    2. Silent Men 511209 Pirates, 20th Century Brand

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    Douglas Fairbanks Jr Disc A027

    1. Silent Men 511216 The Bogus GI
    2. Silent Men 511223t Souvenirs of War

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    Douglas Fairbanks Jr Disc A028

    1. Silent Men 520106 Visas For Sale
    2. Silent Men 520113 Little White Lies

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    Douglas Fairbanks Jr Disc A029

    1. Silent Men 520120 The Gigantic Hoax
    2. Hollywood Sound Stage 520131 08 Thirteen Rue Madeleine

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    Douglas Fairbanks Jr Disc A030

    1. Silent Men 520203 The Big Kill
    2. Silent Men 520209 Trouble at Suez

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    Douglas Fairbanks Jr Disc A031

    1. Silent Men 520210 Blood Money
    2. Silent Men 520217 Stolen Arsenal

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    Douglas Fairbanks Jr Disc A032

    1. Silent Men 520319 Confess Or Die
    2. Silent Men 520326 Murder In Vienna

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    Douglas Fairbanks Jr Disc A033

    1. Silent Men 520409 The University Fix
    2. Silent Men 520416 The Torch

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    Douglas Fairbanks Jr Disc A034

    1. Silent Men 520423 Food and War
    2. Silent Men 520507 Missing Masterpiece

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    Douglas Fairbanks Jr Disc A035

    1. Silent Men 520514 The Miracle Cure
    2. Silent Men 520521 Sabotage

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    Douglas Fairbanks Jr Disc A036

    1. Silent Men 520528 The Green Sedan

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