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A bomber on board an airplane, an airport almost closed by snow, and various personal problems of the people involved.

Awards:
  • Won 1 Oscar. Another 3 wins & 19 nominations.
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Mel Bakersfeld
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Vernon Demerest
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Tanya Livingston
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Gwen Meighen
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Patroni
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Ada Quonsett
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D.O. Guerrero
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Inez Guerrero
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Anson Harris
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Cindy
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Harry Standish
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Sarah Demerest
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Cy Jordan
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Peter Coakley
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Mrs. Harriet DuBarry Mossman
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Commissioner Ackerman
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Marcus Rathbone
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Mr. Davidson
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Mrs. Schultz
Eileen Wesson ...
Judy Barton
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Dr. Compagno
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Capt. Benson - Pilot
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Bert Weatherby
Lew Brown ...
Reynolds
Ilana Dowding ...
Robbie Bakersfeld
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Libby Bakersfeld (as Lisa Gerritson)
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Father Steven Lonigan (as Jim Nolan)
Patty Poulsen ...
Joan - Stewardess
Ena Hartman ...
Ruth - Stewardess
Malila Saint Duval ...
Maria - Stewardess
Sharon Harvey ...
Sally - Stewardess
Albert Reed ...
Lt. Ned Ordway
Jodean Lawrence ...
Marie Patroni (as Jodean Russo)
Nancy Ann Nelson ...
Bunnie
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Mr. Schultz
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Schuyler Schultz
Janis Hansen ...
Sister Katherine Grace
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Sister Felice
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Rollings
Chuck Daniel ...
Parks
Charles Brewer ...
Diller
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Fletcher Allen ...
Dispatcher (uncredited)
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Man on Dias / Man at Club (uncredited)
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Mrs. Burt Ball - Passenger (uncredited)
Ricky Anderson ...
William Downey - Passenger (uncredited)
Ray Andrade ...
Pietro Carmona - Passenger (uncredited)
Maria Andre ...
Mrs. Portola (uncredited)
Nadine Arlyn ...
Jennifer Barry - Passenger (uncredited)
Ray Ballard ...
Gilbert Price - Passenger (uncredited)
Larry Barton ...
Rabbi Leo Bernstein - Passenger (uncredited)
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Airport Bus Driver (uncredited)
Savannah Bentley ...
Virginia Lopez - Passenger (uncredited)
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New York Dispatcher (uncredited)
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Jack Ingram (uncredited)
Chuckie Bradley ...
Dee Gilroy - Passenger (uncredited)
James Bradley ...
Jack Stone - Passenger (uncredited)
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Mrs. David Corman - Passenger (uncredited)
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Dr. Nash (uncredited)
Dee Carroll ...
Florence (uncredited)
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Dr. Henry Bron - Passenger (uncredited)
Ellen Clark ...
Anne Gordon - Passenger (uncredited)
Tamar Cooper ...
Carol Blake - Passenger (uncredited)
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Mrs. William Donovan - Passenger (uncredited)
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Nick Valli - Passenger (uncredited)
Susan Curtis ...
Elizabeth Yorker - Passenger (uncredited)
Carol Daniels ...
Loretta Manning - Passenger (uncredited)
Hal K. Dawson ...
Ben Bradley - Passenger (uncredited)
Ed Deemer ...
Co-Pilot Crowley (uncredited)
Larry Delaney ...
Frank (uncredited)
John Delgado ...
Ingram's Assistant - Passenger (uncredited)
John N. Denend ...
Douglas (uncredited)
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Cab Driver (uncredited)
Kaye Elhardt ...
Kay Hart - Passenger (uncredited)
John Eloff ...
Jack Elliott - Passenger (uncredited)
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Dr. Grant (uncredited)
John Francis ...
Maurice David - Passenger (uncredited)
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Elegant Woman - Passenger (uncredited)
Mark Gardner ...
Richard Kalin - Passenger (uncredited)
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Carlo Di Tomaso - Passenger (uncredited)
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Millie Miles - Passenger (uncredited)
Neil Grant ...
Roger Whitney - Passenger (uncredited)
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Antonio Piace - Passenger (uncredited)
Michael J. Grayson ...
David Corman - Passenger (uncredited)
Larry Greenfield ...
Controller #1 - Minneapolis (uncredited)
Warren Hammack ...
Irwin Jansen - Passenger (uncredited)
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Sgt. Edward Washington - Passenger (uncredited)
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Dr. Avery Smith - Passenger (uncredited)
Thomas Browne Henry ...
Prof. Charles Ruch - Passenger (uncredited)
Art Hern ...
Charlie Kaplan - Passenger (uncredited)
Mary Gail Hobbs ...
Mrs. Cary Jay - Passenger (uncredited)
Fred Holliday ...
Chester Jennings - Passenger (uncredited)
Wendy Howard ...
Mrs. Alan Bramson - Passenger (uncredited)
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Mr. Donovan - Passenger (uncredited)
Jill Jackson ...
Mrs. Ben Bradley - Passenger (uncredited)
Frank Jamus ...
Inspector Frank Barrow (uncredited)
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Sterling (uncredited)
Bobby Johnson ...
Red Cap (uncredited)
Dale Johnson ...
James Mott - Passenger (uncredited)
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Bea (uncredited)
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Man Inspecting Hole in Plane (uncredited)
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Cindy's Father (uncredited)
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Jack Dunlap - Passenger (uncredited)
Ron Koslow ...
Mark Harris - Passenger (uncredited)
Paul La Capria ...
Italian Boy on Plane (uncredited)
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Praying Father (uncredited)
Marco Lopez ...
Harold Lopez - Passenger (uncredited)
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Mrs. Williams - Passenger (uncredited)
Adrienne Marden ...
Mrs. Gertrude Cochran - Passenger (uncredited)
Richard Mathews ...
Controller #2 (uncredited)
David Mauro ...
Mario Vitale - Passenger (uncredited)
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Mrs. Irwin Jansen - Passenger (uncredited)
Eve McVeagh ...
Mrs. Henry Bron - Passenger (uncredited)
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Zena Van Dann - Passenger (uncredited)
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Bertha Kaplan - Passenger (uncredited)
Dallas Mitchell ...
Danny (uncredited)
Michele Montau ...
Rosa Di Tomaso - Passenger (uncredited)
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Mrs. James Mott - Passenger (uncredited)
Don Nagel ...
Martin Rose - Passenger (uncredited)
John Nolan ...
Richard Ross - Passenger (uncredited)
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Waiter at Men's Club (uncredited)
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Mrs. Chuck Beale - Passenger (uncredited)
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David Norton - Passenger (uncredited)
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Controller #3 (uncredited)
Vic Perrin ...
Crabby Man (uncredited)
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Diner Patron (uncredited)
Murray Pollack ...
Wellman (uncredited)
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Mrs. Jerry Copeland - Passenger (uncredited)
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John Reindel (uncredited)
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White-Haried Lady on Dais (uncredited)
Arnold Roberts ...
Commuter at Airport (uncredited)
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Richard Stout - Passenger (uncredited)
Sondra Rodgers ...
Margaret Rogers - Passenger (uncredited)
Don Ross ...
John - Weatherman (uncredited)
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Joan Myers - Passenger (uncredited)
Robert C. Ross ...
Chuck Beale - Passenger (uncredited)
Michael Rougas ...
Navigator (uncredited)
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Sam Lasky - Passenger Rubbing His Face (uncredited)
Dick Russell ...
Jerry Copeland - Passenger (uncredited)
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Holly Barry - Passenger (uncredited)
Mark Russell ...
Pfc. Bud Miller - Passenger (uncredited)
Frank J. Scannell ...
Ted Fields - Passenger (uncredited)
Michael Sevareid ...
Fowler (uncredited)
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Franco Spinetti - Passenger (uncredited)
Eric Sinclair ...
David Knight - Passenger (uncredited)
Cap Somers ...
Commuter at Airport (uncredited)
Michael Stearns ...
Donald Pyne - Obnoxious Passenger 21-D (uncredited)
Mike Steele ...
Banquet M.C. (uncredited)
Ron Stokes ...
Taxi Driver (uncredited)
Arlen Stuart ...
Sally Catalano - Passenger (uncredited)
Leslie Summers ...
Lynn Mason - Passenger (uncredited)
Joel Thingvall ...
Teen in Terminal (uncredited)
Towyna Thomas ...
Mrs. Smith - Passenger (uncredited)
Glenn Thompson ...
Controller #1 (uncredited)
Bee Tompkins ...
Kate Jameson - Passenger (uncredited)
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Passenger in Military Uniform (uncredited)
Dawn Villere ...
Dawn Williams - Passenger (uncredited)
Bud Walls ...
Dr. Alan Bramson - Passenger (uncredited)
Rick Warick ...
Burt Ball - Passenger (uncredited)
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Commuter at Airport (uncredited)
Vince Williams ...
Cleveland Dispatcher (uncredited)
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Frederick Williams - Passenger (uncredited)

Directed by

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George Seaton
Henry Hathaway ... (uncredited) (winter outdoor scenes)

Written by

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Arthur Hailey ... (from the novel by)
 
George Seaton ... (written for the screen by)

Produced by

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Ross Hunter ... producer
Jacques Mapes ... associate producer (as Jacque Mapes)
Gordon Cornell Layne ... associate producer (uncredited)

Music by

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Alfred Newman ... (music composed by)

Cinematography by

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Ernest Laszlo ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Stuart Gilmore ... film editor

Art Direction by

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E. Preston Ames
Alexander Golitzen

Set Decoration by

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Mickey S. Michaels ... (set decorations)
Jack D. Moore ... (set decorations)

Costume Design by

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Edith Head ... (costumes designed by)

Makeup Department

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Larry Germain ... hair stylist
Bud Westmore ... makeup

Production Management

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Raymond Gosnell ... unit production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Donald Roberts ... assistant director
Harvey S. Laidman ... assistant director (uncredited)

Art Department

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Larry Clark Bird ... assistant property master (uncredited)

Sound Department

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David H. Moriarty ... sound
Ronald Pierce ... sound
Waldon O. Watson ... sound

Visual Effects by

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James B. Gordon ... special photographic effects: Film Effects of Hollywood
Don Weed ... special photographic effects: Film Effects of Hollywood
Christopher Chapman ... special visual effects designer (uncredited)
Scott Dougherty ... digital restoration producer: Cinesite (uncredited)
Linwood G. Dunn ... special photographic effects (uncredited)
Cecil Love ... special photographic effects (uncredited)
Jerry Pooler ... digital restoration supervisor (uncredited)
Tiffany Smith ... digital restoration coordinator: Cinesite (uncredited)

Stunts

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Lightning Bear ... stunts (uncredited)
Nick Cravat ... stunts (uncredited)
Carol Daniels ... stunts (uncredited)
Donna Garrett ... stunt double: Jacqueline Bisset (uncredited)
Joe Gray ... stunts (uncredited)
Don Nagel ... stunts (uncredited)
Dean Smith ... stunts (uncredited)
Bud Walls ... stunts (uncredited)
Bob Yerkes ... stunts (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Loyal Griggs ... second cinematographer (uncredited)
Everett Lehman ... gaffer (uncredited)
Doug Mathias ... lighting technician (uncredited)
Bill Swearingen ... assistant camera (uncredited)
Earl C. Williman ... rigging gaffer (uncredited)

Music Department

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Alfred Newman ... conductor
Arnold Schwarzwald ... music editor
Hugo Friedhofer ... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Jack Hayes ... orchestrator (uncredited)
Carol Kaye ... musician: bass (uncredited)
Gus Levene ... orchestrator (uncredited)
Leo Shuken ... orchestrator (uncredited)
Fred Steiner ... composer: additional music (uncredited)

Transportation Department

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Frank Khoury ... driver: cast (uncredited)

Other crew

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Lee Danielson ... technical advisor: Air Traffic Control (as Captain Lee Danielson)
John N. Denend ... technical advisor (as John N. Denend - F.A.A.)
Betty A. Griffin ... script supervisor (as Betty Abbott)
Dick Delson ... publicist (uncredited)
Robert Werden ... unit publicist (uncredited)
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Special Effects

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

This precursor to later "epic" 70's disaster films illustrates 12 hours in the lives of the personnel and passengers at the "Lincoln Airport." Endless problems, professional and personal, are thrown at the various personnel responsible for the safe and proper administration of air traffic, airline management and aviation at a major US airport. Take one severe snowstorm, add multiple schedules gone awry, one elderly Trans Global Airlines stowaway, shortages, an aging, meretricious pilot, unreasonable, peevish spouses, manpower issues, fuel problems, frozen runways and equipment malfunctions and you get just a sample of the obstacles faced by weary, disgruntled personnel and passengers at the Lincoln Airport. Toss in one long-suffering pilot's wife, several stubborn men, office politics and romance and one passenger with a bomb and you have the film "Airport" from 1970. Written by LA-Lawyer

Plot Keywords
Taglines The #1 novel of the year - now a motion picture! See more »
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Also Known As
  • Aeropuerto (Spain)
  • Airport - vinger af ild (Denmark)
  • Diethnes aerodromio (Greece)
  • Flygplatsen (Finland, Swedish title)
  • Havaalani (Turkey, Turkish title)
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Runtime
  • 137 min
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Box Office

Budget $10,000,000 (estimated)
Cumulative Worldwide Gross $371,898

Did You Know?

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Trivia Burt Lancaster, who headlined the movie above the title with Dean Martin, made a great deal of money from the film, which was a huge hit. Lancaster's contract gave him a ten percent profit participation once the movie hit fifty million dollars, and the film grossed 45.3 million dollars in North America alone. Despite the financial windfall, Lancaster said that the movie was "the worst piece of junk ever made." He said he only made this film in return for the studio agreeing to finance several non-commercial films, in which he was interested. See more »
Goofs Capt. Benson, the pilot of the Boeing 707 that gets stuck just off the runway, says "You might tell your mechanic that I've got three million miles in the air". Pilots do not their state experience level as "...miles in the air". Rather, they state it as "...hours in the air". All pilots are required by the FAA to keep a record of their total flight hours in a personal Pilot Logbook. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Take 2: Movies That Changed the Movies (1979). See more »
Crazy Credits Unusually, the Universal Pictures logo animation is not shown at the beginning of this movie...it's instead shown at the end. The in-credit notice "UNIVERSAL presents" replaced the usual opening logo. See more »
Quotes Mel Bakersfeld: Joe, this is Mel. There's no more time. Stop all engines and get out. Repeat. Stop all engines.
Cockpit qualified young man: Mr. Patroni, she won't take much more.
Joe Patroni: Well anyway, she's gonna get it.
Mel Bakersfeld: Joe, the plows are moving. Shut down and hold on! Joe Patroni! Do you read me? Acknowledge!
Mel Bakersfeld: Joe! Shut down!
Cockpit qualified young man: Mr. Patroni? Don't you hear him? Shut down.
Joe Patroni: I can't hear a thing. There's too much noise. Hold on. We're GOIN FOR BROKE!
Cockpit qualified young man: [after the plane gets out of the ditch] The instruction book said that was impossible.
Joe Patroni: That's one nice thing about the 707. It can do everything BUT read.
[throws his chewed and soggy cigar over his shoulder]
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