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Enemies around every corner, does that pretty girl need saving or will she slide a knife between your ribs? These are important questions in the world of espionage when your are The Man Called X. Update: additional episodes and sound upgrades

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Herbert Marshall and Peggy Weaver on Man Called X

International Spy Series (1944 - 48, 1950 - 52)

Mann Called XSponsored by Frigidaire and later General Motors, this spy series starred Herbert Marshall as Ken Thurston, Intelligence Agent. Marshall, British by birth, starred in films with many of the greatest, especially Detreich in Blonde Venus, Bette Davis in The Virgin Queen, Vincent Price in The Fly, and a great cast in The Razor's Edge, where he portrayed W. Somerset Maugham. He played mainly English professional types, as his style seemed naturally cerebral and aloof.

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Thus he's perfectly suited to play a British operative in The Man Called X. It's certainly tailored on Maugham's book Ashenden, Or The British Agent, which was based on Somerset Maugham's own work with British intelligence.

Of course, this kind of stuff lead directly to Bond, James Bond, and certainly Ian Fleming admired The Third Man, and perhaps The Man Called X. Of course, Agent OO7 is still very much with us, but so is The Man Called X. It's a fine show. The music is excellent, as composed and conducted by Johnny Green.

Herber Marshall
Herbert Marshall, 1942

Jack Johnstone directs the production before a live audience, which adds glamour to the proceedings, although suspense purists might feel the secretive ambiance of tales of intrigue isn't rogjt for an audience. Lux Radio Theater didn't seem to suffer from that problem.

Fans of the spy game will certainly appreciate the dialogue, with its world-weary and world-wary comments delivered by Marshall with clipped certainty. The plots deal with smuggled guns, explosives, drugs, art, radioactive material, murders, kidnappings, rogue scientists, leaked secrets, sabotage, secret documents, notorious politicians, corpses, wetbacks, revolutionaries, foreign ports even zombies! Except for the zombies, the entire list seems to be ripped from today's headlines.

Herbert Marshall
Herbert Marshall

Leon Belasco is Thurston's "sidekick" Pagon, a young and often timorous assistant who serves a variety of tasks. Fine Hollywood-based radio actors such as Cathy Lewis, Peter Leeds, Lawrence Dobkin, and William Conrad (Escape, Gunsmoke) fill out a constantly shifting cast of shady characters.

For more spies and undercover types, you can also see The Silent Men, Spy Catcher, Cloak and Dagger, Counterspy - David Harding!, Dangerous Assignment, The Adventures of Frank Race, Top Secret, Harry Lime (The Third Man),Secret Agent K7 Returns, and I Was a Communist for the FBI. Of course, there are many spy adventures to be found among the Escape episodes, and many private investigators are available. To follow up on them, you can start with the classic Sam Spade and follow the clues at the end of the introduction.

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    86 recordings on 2 MP3 CDs for just $10.00
    total playtime 37 hours, 9 min
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    Volume 1 - 42 shows - total playtime 18 hours 53 minutes
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    1. Man Called X 470403 01 Arctic Expedition.mp3
    2. Man Called X 470417 03 The Oil Refinery.mp3
    3. Man Called X 470424 04 Mr Nessler Insurance Policy.mp3
    4. Man Called X 470515 08 The Stamp Story.mp3
    5. Man Called X 470605 11 Swindle To Honolulu.mp3
    6. Man Called X 470619 13 Silver Scarab.mp3
    7. Man Called X 470626 14 Rembrandt In Rio.mp3
    8. Man Called X 470724 18 Destination Manila.mp3
    9. Man Called X 470807 20 Will You Marry Me.mp3
    10. Man Called X 470821 21 The Lost Ones.mp3
    11. Man Called X 471002 27 No One Wins On Zero.mp3
    12. Man Called X 471009 28 All That Glitters.mp3
    13. Man Called X 471016 29 Timber.mp3
    14. Man Called X 471102 32 Ashes To Ashes.mp3
    15. Man Called X 471116 34 Trip To Xenephon.mp3
    16. Man Called X 471123 35 Report From Arctic.mp3
    17. Man Called X 471130 36 Checkmate In Tahiti.mp3
    18. Man Called X 471207 37 Shipment Condemned.mp3
    19. Man Called X 471214 38 Delta Concerto.mp3
    20. Man Called X 471221 39 From A Starlit Hill.mp3
    21. Man Called X 471228 40 Naples.mp3
    22. Man Called X 480104 41 Spot Eight Ball.mp3
    23. Man Called X 480111 42 Spirit Of The Snows.mp3
    24. Man Called X 480118 43 Renne Of Shalakar.mp3
    25. Man Called X 480125 44 Carbon 14.mp3
    26. Man Called X 480201 45 One Way To Macassar.mp3
    27. Man Called X 480208 46 Tiger For Lady.mp3
    28. Man Called X 480215 47 Guns On Niger.mp3
    29. Man Called X 480222 48 Operation Silver.mp3
    30. Man Called X 480229 49 Storm OverThe Alps.mp3
    31. Man Called X 480307 50 Passport To Danger.mp3
    32. Man Called X 480314 51 Pickled Chemist.mp3
    33. Man Called X 480321 52 One Sailor Died Twice.mp3
    34. Man Called X 480328 53 Ruby For Pearl.mp3
    35. Man Called X 480808 71 Mekong River Dam.mp3
    36. Man Called X 480815 73 Girl Who Couldnt Remember.mp3
    37. Man Called X 480822 74 Displaced in Tavoy.mp3
    38. Man Called X 480829 74 Contraband .mp3
    39. Man Called X 480905 75 Worth Your Weight In Gold.mp3
    40. Man Called X 480912 76 Written In The Sand.mp3
    41. Man Called X 480919 77 Dangerous Island.mp3
    42. Man Called X 480926 78 Laughing Lady.mp3
    Volume 2 - 44 shows - total playtime 18 hours 15 minutes
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    1. Man Called X 501013 01 Custom Cigarettes.mp3
    2. Man Called X 501020 02 One Way To Macassa.mp3
    3. Man Called X 501103 03 Professor Channey Disapeared.mp3
    4. Man Called X 501111 05 Rendevous With Death.mp3
    5. Man Called X 501118 06 Warm Welcome Sudden Death.mp3
    6. Man Called X 501202 08 Dr Alverizs Laboratory.mp3
    7. Man Called X 501209 09 Thurston Goes to Syria.mp3
    8. Man Called X 501230 12 Rhythm Of Death.mp3
    9. Man Called X 510106 13 Operation Fifty.mp3
    10. Man Called X 510113 14 Five Ounces Of Treason.mp3
    11. Man Called X 510120 15 Japan Underground.mp3
    12. Man Called X 510127 16 The Orient Express.mp3
    13. Man Called X 510203 17 Pirates Off Coast of India.mp3
    14. Man Called X 510210 18 Black Of Diamonds.mp3
    15. Man Called X 510217 19 North of ThirtyEight.mp3
    16. Man Called X 510224 20 Tiny Bit Of Microfilm.mp3
    17. Man Called X 510303 21 Dope Smuggling.mp3
    18. Man Called X 510310 22 Cargo Confidant.mp3
    19. Man Called X 510317 23 University Of Lyden.mp3
    20. Man Called X 510331 25 The Blue Unicorn.mp3
    21. Man Called X 510407 26 India.mp3
    22. Man Called X 510414 27 National Easter Party.mp3
    23. Man Called X 510421 28 Race Against Death.mp3
    24. Man Called X 510428 29 Terror Across Nation.mp3
    25. Man Called X 510504 30 Monte Carlo.mp3
    26. Man Called X 510511 31 Knocked Off His Feet.mp3
    27. Man Called X 510518 32 Enough Intrigue To Fill A Book.mp3
    28. Man Called X 510525 33 Man, Girl Plot.mp3
    29. Man Called X 510608 35 Black Market In India.mp3
    30. Man Called X 510615 36 Amazon River.mp3
    31. Man Called X 510622 37 Vienna.mp3
    32. Man Called X 510713 40 Flying Trip To Indonesia.mp3
    33. Man Called X 511001 52 Invitation To A Murder.mp3
    34. Man Called X 520101 65 Sabotage At Ankora, Turkey.mp3
    35. Man Called X 520108 66 Flying Trip To Nowhere.mp3
    36. Man Called X 520115 67 Icy Slopes Of The Matterhorn.mp3
    37. Man Called X 520122 68 Casablanca.mp3
    38. Man Called X 520205 70 Clicking Buddah.mp3
    39. Man Called X 520219 72 Hey Penny Stamp.mp3
    40. Man Called X 520226 73 Ononoka River Basin.mp3
    41. Man Called X 520513 84 Alaska Weather Station.mp3
    42. Man Called X 520520 85 Noah And His Ark.mp3
    43. Man Called X 520527 86 Operation Cabal.mp3
    44. Man Called X 520926 79 The Smiling Lady.mp3
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    86 recordings on 2 MP3 Collection Downloads for just $10.00
    total playtime 37 hours, 9 min
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    Volume 1 - 42 shows - total playtime 18 hours 53 minutes
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    1. Man Called X 470403 01 Arctic Expedition.mp3
    2. Man Called X 470417 03 The Oil Refinery.mp3
    3. Man Called X 470424 04 Mr Nessler Insurance Policy.mp3
    4. Man Called X 470515 08 The Stamp Story.mp3
    5. Man Called X 470605 11 Swindle To Honolulu.mp3
    6. Man Called X 470619 13 Silver Scarab.mp3
    7. Man Called X 470626 14 Rembrandt In Rio.mp3
    8. Man Called X 470724 18 Destination Manila.mp3
    9. Man Called X 470807 20 Will You Marry Me.mp3
    10. Man Called X 470821 21 The Lost Ones.mp3
    11. Man Called X 471002 27 No One Wins On Zero.mp3
    12. Man Called X 471009 28 All That Glitters.mp3
    13. Man Called X 471016 29 Timber.mp3
    14. Man Called X 471102 32 Ashes To Ashes.mp3
    15. Man Called X 471116 34 Trip To Xenephon.mp3
    16. Man Called X 471123 35 Report From Arctic.mp3
    17. Man Called X 471130 36 Checkmate In Tahiti.mp3
    18. Man Called X 471207 37 Shipment Condemned.mp3
    19. Man Called X 471214 38 Delta Concerto.mp3
    20. Man Called X 471221 39 From A Starlit Hill.mp3
    21. Man Called X 471228 40 Naples.mp3
    22. Man Called X 480104 41 Spot Eight Ball.mp3
    23. Man Called X 480111 42 Spirit Of The Snows.mp3
    24. Man Called X 480118 43 Renne Of Shalakar.mp3
    25. Man Called X 480125 44 Carbon 14.mp3
    26. Man Called X 480201 45 One Way To Macassar.mp3
    27. Man Called X 480208 46 Tiger For Lady.mp3
    28. Man Called X 480215 47 Guns On Niger.mp3
    29. Man Called X 480222 48 Operation Silver.mp3
    30. Man Called X 480229 49 Storm OverThe Alps.mp3
    31. Man Called X 480307 50 Passport To Danger.mp3
    32. Man Called X 480314 51 Pickled Chemist.mp3
    33. Man Called X 480321 52 One Sailor Died Twice.mp3
    34. Man Called X 480328 53 Ruby For Pearl.mp3
    35. Man Called X 480808 71 Mekong River Dam.mp3
    36. Man Called X 480815 73 Girl Who Couldnt Remember.mp3
    37. Man Called X 480822 74 Displaced in Tavoy.mp3
    38. Man Called X 480829 74 Contraband .mp3
    39. Man Called X 480905 75 Worth Your Weight In Gold.mp3
    40. Man Called X 480912 76 Written In The Sand.mp3
    41. Man Called X 480919 77 Dangerous Island.mp3
    42. Man Called X 480926 78 Laughing Lady.mp3
    Volume 2 - 44 shows - total playtime 18 hours 15 minutes
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    1. Man Called X 501013 01 Custom Cigarettes.mp3
    2. Man Called X 501020 02 One Way To Macassa.mp3
    3. Man Called X 501103 03 Professor Channey Disapeared.mp3
    4. Man Called X 501111 05 Rendevous With Death.mp3
    5. Man Called X 501118 06 Warm Welcome Sudden Death.mp3
    6. Man Called X 501202 08 Dr Alverizs Laboratory.mp3
    7. Man Called X 501209 09 Thurston Goes to Syria.mp3
    8. Man Called X 501230 12 Rhythm Of Death.mp3
    9. Man Called X 510106 13 Operation Fifty.mp3
    10. Man Called X 510113 14 Five Ounces Of Treason.mp3
    11. Man Called X 510120 15 Japan Underground.mp3
    12. Man Called X 510127 16 The Orient Express.mp3
    13. Man Called X 510203 17 Pirates Off Coast of India.mp3
    14. Man Called X 510210 18 Black Of Diamonds.mp3
    15. Man Called X 510217 19 North of ThirtyEight.mp3
    16. Man Called X 510224 20 Tiny Bit Of Microfilm.mp3
    17. Man Called X 510303 21 Dope Smuggling.mp3
    18. Man Called X 510310 22 Cargo Confidant.mp3
    19. Man Called X 510317 23 University Of Lyden.mp3
    20. Man Called X 510331 25 The Blue Unicorn.mp3
    21. Man Called X 510407 26 India.mp3
    22. Man Called X 510414 27 National Easter Party.mp3
    23. Man Called X 510421 28 Race Against Death.mp3
    24. Man Called X 510428 29 Terror Across Nation.mp3
    25. Man Called X 510504 30 Monte Carlo.mp3
    26. Man Called X 510511 31 Knocked Off His Feet.mp3
    27. Man Called X 510518 32 Enough Intrigue To Fill A Book.mp3
    28. Man Called X 510525 33 Man, Girl Plot.mp3
    29. Man Called X 510608 35 Black Market In India.mp3
    30. Man Called X 510615 36 Amazon River.mp3
    31. Man Called X 510622 37 Vienna.mp3
    32. Man Called X 510713 40 Flying Trip To Indonesia.mp3
    33. Man Called X 511001 52 Invitation To A Murder.mp3
    34. Man Called X 520101 65 Sabotage At Ankora, Turkey.mp3
    35. Man Called X 520108 66 Flying Trip To Nowhere.mp3
    36. Man Called X 520115 67 Icy Slopes Of The Matterhorn.mp3
    37. Man Called X 520122 68 Casablanca.mp3
    38. Man Called X 520205 70 Clicking Buddah.mp3
    39. Man Called X 520219 72 Hey Penny Stamp.mp3
    40. Man Called X 520226 73 Ononoka River Basin.mp3
    41. Man Called X 520513 84 Alaska Weather Station.mp3
    42. Man Called X 520520 85 Noah And His Ark.mp3
    43. Man Called X 520527 86 Operation Cabal.mp3
    44. Man Called X 520926 79 The Smiling Lady.mp3
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    86 recordings on 40 Audio CDs
    total playtime 37 hours, 9 min

    Disc A001

    1. Man Called X 470403 01 Arctic Expedition
    2. Man Called X 470417 03 The Oil Refinery

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    Disc A002

    1. Man Called X 470424 04 Mr Nessler Insurance Policy
    2. Man Called X 470515 08 The Stamp Story

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    Disc A003

    1. Man Called X 470605 11 Swindle To Honolulu
    2. Man Called X 470619 13 Silver Scarab

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    Disc A004

    1. Man Called X 470626 14 Rembrandt In Rio
    2. Man Called X 470724 18 Destination Manila

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    Disc A005

    1. Man Called X 470807 20 Will You Marry Me
    2. Man Called X 470821 21 The Lost Ones

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    Disc A006

    1. Man Called X 471002 27 No One Wins On Zero
    2. Man Called X 471009 28 All That Glitters

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    Disc A007

    1. Man Called X 471016 29 Timber
    2. Man Called X 471102 32 Ashes To Ashes

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    Disc A008

    1. Man Called X 471116 34 Trip To Xenephon
    2. Man Called X 471123 35 Report From Arctic

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    Disc A009

    1. Man Called X 471130 36 Checkmate In Tahiti
    2. Man Called X 471207 37 Shipment Condemned

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    Disc A010

    1. Man Called X 471214 38 Delta Concerto
    2. Man Called X 471221 39 From A Starlit Hill
    3. Man Called X 471228 40 Naples

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    Disc A011

    1. Man Called X 480104 41 Spot Eight Ball
    2. Man Called X 480111 42 Spirit Of The Snows
    3. Man Called X 480118 43 Renne Of Shalakar

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    Disc A012

    1. Man Called X 480125 44 Carbon 14
    2. Man Called X 480201 45 One Way To Macassar

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    Disc A013

    1. Man Called X 480208 46 Tiger For Lady
    2. Man Called X 480215 47 Guns On Niger

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    Disc A014

    1. Man Called X 480222 48 Operation Silver
    2. Man Called X 480229 49 Storm OverThe Alps
    3. Man Called X 480307 50 Passport To Danger

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    Disc A015

    1. Man Called X 480314 51 Pickled Chemist
    2. Man Called X 480321 52 One Sailor Died Twice

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    Disc A016

    1. Man Called X 480328 53 Ruby For Pearl
    2. Man Called X 480808 71 Mekong River Dam

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    Disc A017

    1. Man Called X 480815 73 Girl Who Couldnt Remember
    2. Man Called X 480822 74 Displaced in Tavoy

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    Disc A018

    1. Man Called X 480829 74 Contraband
    2. Man Called X 480905 75 Worth Your Weight In Gold

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    Disc A019

    1. Man Called X 480912 76 Written In The Sand
    2. Man Called X 480919 77 Dangerous Island

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    Disc A020

    1. Man Called X 480926 78 Laughing Lady
    2. Man Called X 501013 01 Custom Cigarettes

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    Disc A021

    1. Man Called X 501020 02 One Way To Macassa
    2. Man Called X 501103 03 Professor Channey Disapeared

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    Disc A022

    1. Man Called X 501111 05 Rendevous With Death
    2. Man Called X 501118 06 Warm Welcome Sudden Death

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    Disc A023

    1. Man Called X 501202 08 Dr Alverizs Laboratory
    2. Man Called X 501209 09 Thurston Goes to Syria

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    Disc A024

    1. Man Called X 501230 12 Rhythm Of Death
    2. Man Called X 510106 13 Operation Fifty

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    Disc A025

    1. Man Called X 510113 14 Five Ounces Of Treason
    2. Man Called X 510120 15 Japan Underground

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    Disc A026

    1. Man Called X 510127 16 The Orient Express
    2. Man Called X 510203 17 Pirates Off Coast of India

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    Disc A027

    1. Man Called X 510210 18 Black Of Diamonds
    2. Man Called X 510217 19 North of ThirtyEight
    3. Man Called X 510224 20 Tiny Bit Of Microfilm

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    Disc A028

    1. Man Called X 510303 21 Dope Smuggling
    2. Man Called X 510310 22 Cargo Confidant

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    Disc A029

    1. Man Called X 510317 23 University Of Lyden
    2. Man Called X 510331 25 The Blue Unicorn

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    Disc A030

    1. Man Called X 510407 26 India
    2. Man Called X 510414 27 National Easter Party

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    Disc A031

    1. Man Called X 510421 28 Race Against Death
    2. Man Called X 510428 29 Terror Across Nation

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    Disc A032

    1. Man Called X 510504 30 Monte Carlo
    2. Man Called X 510511 31 Knocked Off His Feet
    3. Man Called X 510518 32 Enough Intrigue To Fill A Book

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    Disc A033

    1. Man Called X 510525 33 Man, Girl Plot
    2. Man Called X 510608 35 Black Market In India
    3. Man Called X 510615 36 Amazon River

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    Disc A034

    1. Man Called X 510622 37 Vienna
    2. Man Called X 510713 40 Flying Trip To Indonesia

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    Disc A035

    1. Man Called X 511001 52 Invitation To A Murder
    2. Man Called X 520101 65 Sabotage At Ankora, Turkey

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    Disc A036

    1. Man Called X 520108 66 Flying Trip To Nowhere
    2. Man Called X 520115 67 Icy Slopes Of The Matterhorn

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    Disc A037

    1. Man Called X 520122 68 Casablanca
    2. Man Called X 520205 70 Clicking Buddah

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    Disc A038

    1. Man Called X 520219 72 Hey Penny Stamp
    2. Man Called X 520226 73 Ononoka River Basin

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    Disc A039

    1. Man Called X 520513 84 Alaska Weather Station
    2. Man Called X 520520 85 Noah And His Ark
    3. Man Called X 520527 86 Operation Cabal

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    Disc A040

    1. Man Called X 520926 79 The Smiling Lady

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