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Remembering 1947

With the country on the cusp of the post-War economic boom, many elements of the past came to an end in 1947 while the future was bearing down like the beginning of the Cold War, partitioning of India and Pakistan, the development of the transistor at Bell Laboratories, breaking the sound barrier, and inventions like the Polaroid Land Camera.

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1947 RadioThere is a tendency to look back at each of the post-War years and see the many significant firsts in a specific year and think, "see that? This is where the Future began!" With the partitioning of India and Pakistan, the development of the transistor at Bell Laboratories, breaking the sound barrier, and inventions like the Polaroid Land Camera and tubeless automobile tires 1947 also seems like the beginning of the Future, but enough things came to an end that year that 1947 might also be seen as the Last Year of the Past.

Any pretensions of isolationism completely disappeared in 1947. Isolationist sympathies had delayed America's entry into the Second World War with nearly fatal results according to some historians and commentators, certainly in the eyes of our British. Although the United States would emerge from the War as the only great power to be economically unscathed, in fact on a better financial footing than when it entered the War, the points raised by pre-War isolationists were not wholly without merit, the cost in lives of American servicemen can never be forgotten (even though the count pales in comparison with the sacrifice made by other belligerents) and American economic power would have been sufficient to bring the country through the post-Depression recovery on its own. The overarching result of the Second World War, beyond the destruction of the Fascist Axis Regimes, was the emergence of American military, social, economic, and moral authority to become a World power.

"A" World Power, but, in 1947, not "The" World Power. Events such as the Berlin Blockade and Airlift, the Soviet Atomic Bomb, the Korean War, the Cuban Missile Crisis, and the Berlin Wall were all in the unforeseeable future but in 1947 relations between the former World War Two allies, the US and the USSR, chilled to a point that can be identified as the beginning of the Cold War. Some historians cite the Bolshevik rise to power and America's "First Red Scare" as the origins of the Cold War. Both nations held isolationist viewpoints before entry into WWII, with the Soviets going so far as to sign a non-aggression pact with Hitler in 1939 (which Hitler would conveniently ignore when it suited him). The Soviets had even more reason than the British to resent America's delayed entry into the War since they bore the brunt of fighting against Hitler. Immediately following VE Day, Soviet policy was to consolidate its position in Eastern Europe and especially occupied Germany with an eye towards Soviet Expansion. The Truman Administration determined that the expansion of Communist influence would be contrary to the best interests of the United States, and on March 12, 1947, the President announced the Truman Doctrine, telling Congress, "it must be the policy of the United States to support free people who are resisting attempted subjugation by armed minorities or by outside pressures." A month earlier, Voice of America began broadcasting into Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union.

1947 Beach Party

While the year saw the US and USSR take the reins as World Powers, it also saw growing evidence of the decline of the British Empire. While the Kingdom clawing its way toward economic recovery from the War, the winter of 1946-47 brought the heaviest snowfall of the century to the UK. Further exacerbating the weather-related delays in fuel distribution, the coal and electrical industries were in the early stages of nationalization. When the country began to thaw out, the nation's economic leadership realized that the island nations best hope of prosperity laid in the export of manufactured goods. One policy implemented was that no business could buy steel unless 75% of its products were imported.

One of the biggest beneficiaries of the "export of die" policies was the British Automobile industry. During the War, G.I.s stationed in Britain faced resentment for being "overpaid, oversexed, and over here", many of the men were entranced with the small, simple, yet sporty cars they saw on English country roads. Automakers in continental Europe were not ready to compete in the American market place, it would be several years before the Japanese would even have an auto industry, and even the American Big Three were retooling after the all-out effort of the War. Quirky and cute, British cars like the MG TC and later Jaguars and Allard J2s were snapped up by American enthusiasts.

Following a decision to partition the Indian Sub-Continent according to religious zones, the Dominion of Pakistan and the Dominion of India were granted independence from the British Empire in mid-August, bringing two centuries of British Rule on the sub-continent to an end. Despite Partition, violence between Hindus and Muslims flared almost immediately and continues today.

UFO CrashAfter 1947, earthmen's isolation in the universe would be forever in doubt. On June 21, a seaman named Harold Dahl spotted six objects in flight over Maury Island in the Puget Sound, and the next day Dahl claimed that he had been approached by a man wearing a black business suit who warned him not to publicly discuss seeing Unidentified Flying Objects. On June 24, experienced civilian aviator Ken Arnold reports seeing nine disk-like objects flying over nearby Mt. Rainier, the first widely circulated report of flying saucers. On July 8, the Information Officer at Roswell Army Air Field in New Mexico released a report that base personnel had recovered portions of a "flying disc". The reports were later clarified to claim that the debris was, in fact, pieces of a military weather balloon. Decades later, the government revealed that the Roswell wreckage was part of Operation Mogul, an effort to use high-altitude balloons with specialized reflective instruments to monitor potential Soviet atomic explosions, but not before one of the most extensive and popular conspiracy theories ran its course.

In February at a meeting of the American Optical Society in New York, Edwin Land first demonstrates his instant camera. The camera exposes a sheet of specialized film which is removed, along with a packet of developer chemicals, from the camera. Sixty seconds later, a fully developed photographic image is revealed. The Polaroid Land Camera would initially go on sale the next year for $89.95.

GrouchoAffordable television sets and the mass exodus of sponsor dollars from network radio to TV were still on the horizon in 1947. With the economy preparing to roar into a post-War boom, there were plenty of sponsor dollars to be spent on the radio networks, and 1947 became one of the greatest years for fans of Old Time Radio. The daytime serial drama The Guiding Light moved from NBC to CBS where its beloved radio characters would have an even greater impact on daytime television. CBS also premieres Escape as a summer replacement, although the program never found a sponsor like its sister program Suspense it still became a listener favorite. NBC debuted The Adventures of Philip Marlowe with Van Heflin (Gerald Mohr took the character over the following year when the series moved to CBS). Groucho Marx's, You Bet Your Life premiered on ABC while several favorites continued. Superman's scourge Kryptonite is introduced in a story arc featuring Batman and Robin, and show like Fibber McGee and Molly, Columbia Workshop, Inner Sanctum Mysteries, The Great Gildersleeve, Green Hornet, Lights Out, The Whistler, Duffy's Tavern, and Archie Andrews were all going strong.

  • The War-time austerity faced by Great Britain shows no sign of easing as the winter of 1946-47 delivers some of the greatest snowfall of the century. Few Britons own private cars at this point, but there is enough snow to disrupt rail transport and heating fuel deliveries. Coal mines are nationalized on January, adding to the confusion. The country adopts an economic policy of "export or die", telling the public that they needed to sell the things they wanted overseas so that they could afford to buy the things they need. The greatest beneficiary of the policy will be American sports car enthusiasts.
  • 1947 Ufo SightingThe first record of a "man-in-black' incident occurs in June after Harold Dahl reports sighting six unidentified flying objects over Puget Sound, the next day Dah is approached by a man in a black business suit who warns him not to discuss what he has seen. A few days later, Kenneth Arnold reports seeing saucer-like craft flying near Mt. Rainier. On July 8, the information officer at Roswell Army Air Field in New Mexico announced that base personnel have recovered pieces of a "flying disc", but the Army quickly modifies the report to say the recovered debris is from a weather balloon. After years of conspiracy theories, the government reports that the balloon in question was actually designed for nuclear test surveillance but conspiracy theorists continue to study the incident.
  • The long-time dream of Indian Independence from Great Britain is finally achieved on August 15 when the Dominion of India and the Dominion of Pakistan are established. Before independence could be granted, the British government insisted on a means to prevent violence between Hindus and Muslims, and partition between India and Pakistan was supposed to be the answer. However, religious violence flares in both countries upon independence.
  • Black DililahOn February 17, The Voice of America begins broadcasting pro-western propaganda to residents of the Soviet Union. The accepted date for the beginning of the Cold War is May 22, when the Truman Doctrine, stating that "it must be the policy of the United States to support free people who are resisting attempted subjugation by armed minorities or by outside pressures", is put into effect when Congress authorizes a $400 million grant for military and economic aid to Turkey and Greece, which are facing Soviet pressure. The National Security Act of 1947 is signed in July and takes effect on September 18, merges the Department of War and the Department of the Navy into the National Military Establishment, along with establishing the Department of the Air Force, the Act also establishes the National Security Council and the Central Intelligence Agency.
  • The International Monetary Fund (IMF) begins operating on March 1. The fund was conceived at the 1944 Bretton Woods Conference to foster international economic growth and prevent the instability such as occurred in international markets after the Great Depression.
  • Elizabeth Short, the aspiring actress known as the "Black Dahlia", is found brutally murdered in a Los Angeles vacant lot, the case remains unsolved. Gangster Al Capone dies of cardiac arrest at his home in Florida on January 25. The Army Ordnance Corps launches a Hermes Program V-2 Rocket carrying plant material and fruit flies into space, the first living material to be launched into space. Jackie Robinson becomes the first African American to join the Major League when he signs with the Brooklyn Dodgers on April 1. Production of the AK-47 rifle, the most produced rifle in the world, begins production on July 6.
  • Chuck YeagerAir Force Captain Chuck Yeager flies a Bell X-1 rocket plane on October 14 faster than the speed of sound, the first time such speeds are achieved. It was a significant milestone in the history of powered flight, but the flight and the record were initially kept secret for security reasons (the Cold War was just beginning) but the story broke in Aviation Week magazine and The Los Angeles Times on December 20.
  • American Automobile makers are still ramping up production to meet the post-War demand for new cars. An interesting styling experiment is the Studebaker Starlight Coupe, a five-passenger vehicle featuring an exceptionally long luggage compartment with a hood-like cover, critics would complain they could not tell if the car is coming or going (Fred Allen quips that next year's Studebaker line will feature a car that you won't be able to tell if it is going sideways). Built on the discarded racing division of Alfa-Romeo, Ferrari began building racing cars before the War but the first Ferrari badged car, the 1.5 liter V12 powered 125S is released in 1947. In Japan,  Kiichiro Toyoda takes his father's advice to "stay ahead of the times" and introduces the Toyota SA family car and the SB light truck. Toyota is one of the few Japanese manufacturers which did not partner with an American or British company after the War, and the SA is a two-door family car which takes styling cues from the Volkswagen (which was shown to Toyota designers visiting Germany before the War) but has a front-mounted four-cylinder, water cooled engine, and suicide-doors.
  • Escape premieres on CBS, while The Adventures of Philip Marlowe begins on NBC. The Guiding Light moves from NBC to CBS. Buck Rogers in the 25th Century and Danger Dr. Danfield go off the air.

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      56 shows - total playtime 22 hours 45 minutes
      1. ALLSTARW 470112 0023 STREETS OF LAREDO.MP3
      2. American Novels 470808 Luck Of Roaring Camp.mp3
      3. Archie Andrews 470315 The Red Cross Benefit.mp3
      4. Author Meets Critics 470810 Richer By Asea.mp3
      5. BB 470716 131 Randolph Const Gang Bank Robbery.mp3
      6. Behind The Scenes 47 14 Gen Claire Channault.mp3
      7. Bergen McCarthy 470209 Nelson Eddy.mp3
      8. Bing Crosby 471217 Arlene Woods and Joe Frisco.mp3
      9. Bob Hope 470401 335 Eddie Cantor.mp3
      10. Bride And Groom 470523.mp3
      11. Burns Allen 470213 Marrying Cary Grant To Gracie's Cou.mp3
      12. Columbia Workshop 470125 050 Natural History Of Nonsense.mp3
      13. CP 470504 272 Marilyn Maxwell Frank Sinatra Benny Goodman.mp3
      14. Criminal At Large 470911 Murder In Stone.mp3
      15. Deadline Mystery 470810 16 B Apartment Racket.mp3
      16. Dinah Shore 470326 Ford Show Norris Goff Chet Lauck Lum.mp3
      17. Duffys 471203 Jean Sablon.mp3
      18. Ellery Queen 470907 326 Number Thirty One.mp3
      19. Escape 471022 011 Fall Of House Of Usher.mp3
      20. Favorite Story 470920 002 Diamond Lens.mp3
      21. FMM 470311 0507 Mans Untapped Energies.mp3
      22. GG 470910 253 Gildy Tries To Renew Romance With Eve.mp3
      23. Grand Ole Opry 470315.mp3
      24. Green Hornet 471104 Graft Crosses Bridge.mp3
      25. Inner Sanctum 470505 317 Dont Dance On My Grave.mp3
      26. Jack Benny 470309 1824 Jack Looks F.mp3
      27. Jack Carson Show 470115 16 Guests George Burns Gracie Allen.mp3
      28. Jergens Journal 470909.mp3
      29. Jimmy Durante Show 471224 13 Margaret Obrien.mp3
      30. Lets Pretend 470719 Rapunzel.mp3
      31. Lights Out 470716 Death Robbery.mp3
      32. Mita 470821 Ep 08 Horla.mp3
      33. News 470000 Abc Bob Hope Shriner Special D.Shore R.Rogers.mp3
      34. News 470000 Whas 25th Anniversary Show.mp3
      35. News 470126 Cbs We People Jack Benny Hank Greenberg.mp3
      36. News 470207 Cbc War Bride Reception Centres Close.mp3
      37. News 470311 Abc Hollywood Tour.mp3
      38. News 470424 Radio Moscow News.mp3
      39. News 470503 Whas Kentucky Derby Clem Mccarthy.mp3
      40. News 470523 Wcco Aircheck Spring Gophers Game Bernie Bierman.mp3
      41. News 470700 Syn Accidentally Yours Lum Abner.mp3
      42. News 470708 Abc News Roswell.mp3
      43. News 470731 Abc Air Force Party 40th Anniv Army Air Force.mp3
      44. News 470805 Abc Special Event Invst Hughes Airplane Contract.mp3
      45. News 470912 Paul Weston Orchestra Freedom Train.mp3
      46. News 471115 Nbc News Of World.mp3
      47. Philip Marlowe 470617 001 Red Wind.mp3
      48. QuietPlease 470727 e006 I Remember Tomorrow.mp3
      49. Red Skelton Show 470114 160 Dancing.mp3
      50. Sam Spade 471005 B054 Adam Figg Caper.mp3
      51. Sealed Book 470729 BewareOfTomorrow.mp3
      52. Superman 470527 1237 SupermanVsKryptonit10.mp3
      53. Susp 471226 277 Too Little To Live On.mp3
      54. Tom Mix 470422 Woman In Gray.mp3
      55. Whistler 470106 241 Dear Roger.mp3
      56. You Bet Your Life 470915 Air Audition.mp3
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      56 shows - total playtime 22 hours 45 minutes
      1. ALLSTARW 470112 0023 STREETS OF LAREDO.MP3
      2. American Novels 470808 Luck Of Roaring Camp.mp3
      3. Archie Andrews 470315 The Red Cross Benefit.mp3
      4. Author Meets Critics 470810 Richer By Asea.mp3
      5. BB 470716 131 Randolph Const Gang Bank Robbery.mp3
      6. Behind The Scenes 47 14 Gen Claire Channault.mp3
      7. Bergen McCarthy 470209 Nelson Eddy.mp3
      8. Bing Crosby 471217 Arlene Woods and Joe Frisco.mp3
      9. Bob Hope 470401 335 Eddie Cantor.mp3
      10. Bride And Groom 470523.mp3
      11. Burns Allen 470213 Marrying Cary Grant To Gracie's Cou.mp3
      12. Columbia Workshop 470125 050 Natural History Of Nonsense.mp3
      13. CP 470504 272 Marilyn Maxwell Frank Sinatra Benny Goodman.mp3
      14. Criminal At Large 470911 Murder In Stone.mp3
      15. Deadline Mystery 470810 16 B Apartment Racket.mp3
      16. Dinah Shore 470326 Ford Show Norris Goff Chet Lauck Lum.mp3
      17. Duffys 471203 Jean Sablon.mp3
      18. Ellery Queen 470907 326 Number Thirty One.mp3
      19. Escape 471022 011 Fall Of House Of Usher.mp3
      20. Favorite Story 470920 002 Diamond Lens.mp3
      21. FMM 470311 0507 Mans Untapped Energies.mp3
      22. GG 470910 253 Gildy Tries To Renew Romance With Eve.mp3
      23. Grand Ole Opry 470315.mp3
      24. Green Hornet 471104 Graft Crosses Bridge.mp3
      25. Inner Sanctum 470505 317 Dont Dance On My Grave.mp3
      26. Jack Benny 470309 1824 Jack Looks F.mp3
      27. Jack Carson Show 470115 16 Guests George Burns Gracie Allen.mp3
      28. Jergens Journal 470909.mp3
      29. Jimmy Durante Show 471224 13 Margaret Obrien.mp3
      30. Lets Pretend 470719 Rapunzel.mp3
      31. Lights Out 470716 Death Robbery.mp3
      32. Mita 470821 Ep 08 Horla.mp3
      33. News 470000 Abc Bob Hope Shriner Special D.Shore R.Rogers.mp3
      34. News 470000 Whas 25th Anniversary Show.mp3
      35. News 470126 Cbs We People Jack Benny Hank Greenberg.mp3
      36. News 470207 Cbc War Bride Reception Centres Close.mp3
      37. News 470311 Abc Hollywood Tour.mp3
      38. News 470424 Radio Moscow News.mp3
      39. News 470503 Whas Kentucky Derby Clem Mccarthy.mp3
      40. News 470523 Wcco Aircheck Spring Gophers Game Bernie Bierman.mp3
      41. News 470700 Syn Accidentally Yours Lum Abner.mp3
      42. News 470708 Abc News Roswell.mp3
      43. News 470731 Abc Air Force Party 40th Anniv Army Air Force.mp3
      44. News 470805 Abc Special Event Invst Hughes Airplane Contract.mp3
      45. News 470912 Paul Weston Orchestra Freedom Train.mp3
      46. News 471115 Nbc News Of World.mp3
      47. Philip Marlowe 470617 001 Red Wind.mp3
      48. QuietPlease 470727 e006 I Remember Tomorrow.mp3
      49. Red Skelton Show 470114 160 Dancing.mp3
      50. Sam Spade 471005 B054 Adam Figg Caper.mp3
      51. Sealed Book 470729 BewareOfTomorrow.mp3
      52. Superman 470527 1237 SupermanVsKryptonit10.mp3
      53. Susp 471226 277 Too Little To Live On.mp3
      54. Tom Mix 470422 Woman In Gray.mp3
      55. Whistler 470106 241 Dear Roger.mp3
      56. You Bet Your Life 470915 Air Audition.mp3
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    1947 Disc A001

    1. Behind The Scenes 47 14 Gen Claire Channault
    2. News 470000 Abc Bob Hope Shriner Special D.Shore R.Rogers
    3. News 470000 Whas 25th Anniversary Show
    4. Whistler 470106 241 Dear Roger

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    1947 Disc A002

    1. ALLSTARW 470112 0023 STREETS OF LAREDO
    2. Red Skelton Show 470114 160 Dancing

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    1947 Disc A003

    1. Jack Carson Show 470115 16 Guests George Burns Gracie Allen
    2. Columbia Workshop 470125 050 Natural History Of Nonsense

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    1947 Disc A004

    1. News 470126 Cbs We People Jack Benny Hank Greenberg
    2. News 470207 Cbc War Bride Reception Centres Close
    3. Bergen McCarthy 470209 Nelson Eddy

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    1947 Disc A005

    1. Burns Allen 470213 Marrying Cary Grant To Gracie's Cou
    2. Jack Benny 470309 1824 Jack Looks F

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    1947 Disc A006

    1. FMM 470311 0507 Mans Untapped Energies
    2. News 470311 Abc Hollywood Tour

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    1947 Disc A007

    1. Archie Andrews 470315 The Red Cross Benefit
    2. Grand Ole Opry 470315

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    1947 Disc A008

    1. Dinah Shore 470326 Ford Show Norris Goff Chet Lauck Lum
    2. Bob Hope 470401 335 Eddie Cantor

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    1947 Disc A009

    1. Tom Mix 470422 Woman In Gray
    2. News 470424 Radio Moscow News
    3. News 470503 Whas Kentucky Derby Clem Mccarthy

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    1947 Disc A010

    1. CP 470504 272 Marilyn Maxwell Frank Sinatra Benny Goodman
    2. Inner Sanctum 470505 317 Dont Dance On My Grave

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    1947 Disc A011

    1. Bride And Groom 470523
    2. News 470523 Wcco Aircheck Spring Gophers Game Bernie Bierman

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    1947 Disc A012

    1. Superman 470527 1237 SupermanVsKryptonit10
    2. Philip Marlowe 470617 001 Red Wind
    3. News 470700 Syn Accidentally Yours Lum Abner
    4. News 470708 Abc News Roswell

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    1947 Disc A013

    1. BB 470716 131 Randolph Const Gang Bank Robbery
    2. Lights Out 470716 Death Robbery

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    1947 Disc A014

    1. Lets Pretend 470719 Rapunzel
    2. QuietPlease 470727 e006 I Remember Tomorrow

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    1947 Disc A015

    1. Sealed Book 470729 BewareOfTomorrow
    2. News 470731 Abc Air Force Party 40th Anniv Army Air Force

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    1947 Disc A016

    1. News 470805 Abc Special Event Invst Hughes Airplane Contract
    2. American Novels 470808 Luck Of Roaring Camp

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    1947 Disc A017

    1. Author Meets Critics 470810 Richer By Asea
    2. Deadline Mystery 470810 16 B Apartment Racket

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    1947 Disc A018

    1. Mita 470821 Ep 08 Horla
    2. Ellery Queen 470907 326 Number Thirty One
    3. Jergens Journal 470909

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    1947 Disc A019

    1. GG 470910 253 Gildy Tries To Renew Romance With Eve
    2. Criminal At Large 470911 Murder In Stone
    3. News 470912 Paul Weston Orchestra Freedom Train

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    1947 Disc A020

    1. You Bet Your Life 470915 Air Audition
    2. Favorite Story 470920 002 Diamond Lens

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    1947 Disc A021

    1. Sam Spade 471005 B054 Adam Figg Caper
    2. Escape 471022 011 Fall Of House Of Usher

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    1947 Disc A022

    1. Green Hornet 471104 Graft Crosses Bridge
    2. News 471115 Nbc News Of World

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    1947 Disc A023

    1. Duffys 471203 Jean Sablon
    2. Bing Crosby 471217 Arlene Woods and Joe Frisco

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    1947 Disc A024

    1. Jimmy Durante Show 471224 13 Margaret Obrien
    2. Susp 471226 277 Too Little To Live On

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