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Year by Year Polls: 1940 ** Poll Closed **; CFB Year by Year Polls, closes 11th March
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farne
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Welcome to the latest Year-by-Year Poll. These polls were a fixture on IMDb's Classic Film Board, but the message boards closing down will cramp our style a bit, so we've decided to move them here. Thanks to icmforum for providing a new home for them. Hopefully there will be lots of new voters here as well as plenty of our regulars.

This poll is for the year 1940

These polls are fairly simple. We work our way through film history selecting a different year each time, and you list your top films from the given year. Depending on the number of voters, the poll usually produces a list of around 50-90 films and is a great way of finding recommendations. Lots of people will also list other films outside their top 20 as honourable mentions or runners-up.


The Rules

You can vote for a minimum of 5 and a maximum of 20 films.

Feature films, documentaries, short films, TV movies and TV mini-series are all eligible, but not continuing TV series or individual TV episodes.

We use IMDb dates for consistency, so a title should be listed on IMDb as 1940.

Your ballot can be either ranked or unranked, but I will assume it's ranked unless otherwise stated. For ranked ballots it makes it easier if you use a numbered list.


The Scoring

For ranked ballots, the top-ranked title will receive a number of points equal to the number of titles on the ballot, with each succeeding title receiving one fewer point. So the top title on a list of 20 films will receive 20 points, the next 19 points and so on. If the list has only 10 films, the top title will receive 10 points, the next one 9, and so on. If there are 5 films on the list, the top film will receive 5 points, the next one 4, well you get the idea.

For unranked ballots, each title will receive an equal share of the total points that would have been allotted to the ballot if it had been ranked. If there are 20 films on the ballot, this means each one would receive 10.5 points.


Some resources

1940 films you've rated on IMDb

1940 films on your IMDb watchlist

1940 films on IMDb sorted by number of votes

Wikipedia's 1940 in film article


The Deadline

This poll will run for approximately 3 weeks and will close on or shortly after Saturday 11th March .

The next poll will be 1981, followed by 2005.

Thanks for reading this, and for taking part.


Edited by farne, Feb 22 2017, 11:02:20 AM.
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Feb 17 2017, 01:06:07 PM
So the top title on a list of 20 films will receive 20 points, the next 19 points and so on. If the list has only 10 films, the top title will receive 10 points, the next one 9, and so on.
Wouldn't this encourage people to pad their ballot with films they really don't like that much, just so their top film gets more points?
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1. The Philadelphia Story
2. The Shop Around the Corner
3. The Mortal Storm
4. Rebecca
5. Tacoma Narrows Bridge Collapse
6. Dots
7. You Ought to Be in Pictures
8. Gaslight
9. Fantasia
10. The Great Dictator
11. Pinocchio
12. The Letter
13. Remember the Night
14. Foreign Correspondent
15. Loops
16. Tarantella
17. Band Waggon


jvv: yes, it does.
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1. The Philadelphia Story
2. The Great Dictator

minum 5? well, I have only 2 movies that I've given 8/10 or more. Don't see any point in voting for anything lower as i don't want them on the final list.
Edited by albajos, Feb 17 2017, 01:32:38 PM.
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@albajos: there's a minimum of 5 movies!
Edited by mathiasa, Feb 17 2017, 01:31:53 PM.
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Feb 17 2017, 01:18:13 PM
farne
Feb 17 2017, 01:06:07 PM
So the top title on a list of 20 films will receive 20 points, the next 19 points and so on. If the list has only 10 films, the top title will receive 10 points, the next one 9, and so on.
Wouldn't this encourage people to pad their ballot with films they really don't like that much, just so their top film gets more points?
It could do. But doing that also means getting films they don't like on the list as well.

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Feb 17 2017, 01:30:29 PM
1. The Philadelphia Story
2. The Great Dictator

minum 5? well, I have only 2 movies that I've given 8/10 or more. Don't see any point in voting for anything lower as i don't want them on the final list.
Yeah it's a minimum of 5, sorry. Are there really only 2 films you like from 1940? Not even a 6 or a 7 out of 10? You don't have to be strict in only voting for great films. One of the nice things about these polls is that lesser known films will make the final list too, the good, the decent and the almost totally unknown, so you can always promote something obscure that you think deserves more recognition.



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#5 is 6/10 and principles are important, so I guess I'm out then.
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Feb 17 2017, 01:51:01 PM
#5 is 6/10 and principles are important, so I guess I'm out then.
You have still got 3 weeks to find 3 more favorites. :D
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1. The Philadelphia Story
2. The Great Dictator
3. The Shop Around the Corner
4. I Love You Again
5. My Favorite Wife
6. Fantasia
7. Kitty Foyle
8. His Girl Friday
9. Rebecca
10. The Mark of Zorro
11. Christmas in July
12. Waterloo Bridge
13. Pinocchio
14. Arise, My Love

1-2 9/10s, 3-7 8/10s, 8-14 7/10s

Might make changes as I watch more, got 3 movies from 1940 on my watchlist
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Feb 17 2017, 01:51:01 PM
#5 is 6/10 and principles are important, so I guess I'm out then.
Yeah, what jvv said. You've got The Philadelphia Story, have you seen His Girl Friday, My Favorite Wife, The Shop Around the Corner, etc? No Hitchcock? What about Rebecca or Foreign Correspondent?

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Definitely one of the greatest years for film, with several of my all-time favourites. No apologies at all that my number one bests all the great Hitchcock, Lubitsch, Ford etc. It's one of my three or four favourite movies and one of the first 'older' films I ever saw as a kid.

Subject to changes or additions, perhaps.

1. The Thief of Bagdad
2. The Shop Around the Corner
3. The Grapes of Wrath
4. Rebecca
5. Foreign Correspondent
6. The Philadelphia Story
7. The Mortal Storm
8. The Letter
9. The Mask of Zorro
10. Night Train to Munich
11. The Sea Hawk
12. Waterloo Bridge
13. The Great McGinty
14. His Girl Friday
15. Pinocchio
16. Gaslight
17. Pride and Prejudice
18. They Drive By Night
19. My Favourite Wife
20. A Chump at Oxford
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1. The Philadelphia Story
2. The Shop Around the Corner
3. His Girl Friday
4. The Great McGinty
5. Fantasia
6. Rebecca
7. Kitty Foyle
8. The Great Dictator
9. The Grapes of Wrath
10. My Favorite Wife
11. The Mortal Storm
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Feb 17 2017, 01:51:01 PM
#5 is 6/10 and principles are important, so I guess I'm out then.

I've got to ask,how many movies from 1940 have you seen?!

Just looking at the movies from the US that year there is Pinocchio,The Grapes of Wrath,His Girl Friday,The Letter,They Drive By Night,The Great McGinty, Fantasia, The Fighting 69th,Stranger on the Third Floor ,Three Faces West etc. Are you seriously saying that it is impossible to find just 3 other titles to make a top 5?

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Edited by perceval, Feb 17 2017, 06:34:27 PM.
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Still a couple more I want to see, but this will do for now:

1. Foreign Correspondent (Alfred Hitchcock)
2. The Stars Look Down (Carol Reed)
3. Night Train to Munich (Carol Reed)
4. The Thief of Bagdad (Ludwig Berger, Michael Powell, Tim Whelan)
5. The Shop Around the Corner (Ernst Lubitsch)
6. Gaslight (Thorold Dickinson)
7. London Can Take It (Humphrey Jennings, Harry Watt)
8. Fantasia (various)
9. Where's That Fire? (Marcel Varnel)
10. Rebecca (Alfred Hitchcock)
11. His Girl Friday (Howard Hawks)
12. My Favorite Wife (Garson Kanin)
13. The Ghost Breakers (George Marshall)
14. The Mark of Zorro (Rouben Mamoulian)
15. The Long Voyage Home (John Ford)
16. Northwest Passage (Book 1 - Rogers' Rangers) (King Vidor)
17. The Philadelphia Story (George Cukor)
18. The Sea Hawk (Michael Curtiz)
19. Contraband (Michael Powell)
20. Dr. Cyclops (Ernest B. Schoedsack)

Edited by farne, Feb 22 2017, 01:14:57 PM.
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I know you guys are just settling in here and you probably haven't had time to decide yet, so no rush, but it would be really appreciated with some heads up about the years for the coming polls, preferably the next two like OldAle used to do.

Will be back later with my 1940 list. Still some watching to do.

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1. The Grapes of Wrath
2. The Great Dictator
3. The Shop Around the Corner
4. Rebecca
5. The Thief of Bagdad
6. Pinocchio
7. The Philadelphia Story
8. Fantasia
9. Tacoma Narrows Bridge Collapse
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1.The Grapes of Wrath
2.The Shop Around the Corner
3.The Great Dictator
4.The Philadelphia Story
5.My Favorite Wife
6.Rebecca
7.His Girl Friday
8.The Thief of Bagdad
9.The Great McGinty
10.Christmas In July
11. Go West
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1. Rebecca
2. The Great Dictator
3. His Girl Friday
4. The Philadelphia Story
5. The Grapes of Wrath
6. The Thief of Bagdad
7. The Letter
8. Foreign Correspondent
9. The Shop Around the Corner
10. They Drive by Night
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1. The Shop Around the Corner
2. The Great Dictator
3. My Favorite Wife
4. The Grapes of Wrath
5. His Girl Friday
6. The Philadelphia Story
7. Pinocchio
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Of the 688 films/cartoons/shorts I've seen from 1940, these rank the highest:


1. The Great Dictator (1940, Charles Chaplin)
2. Pinocchio (1940, 7 directors)
3. The Philadelphia Story (1940, George Cukor)
4. His Girl Friday (1940, Howard Hawks)
5. Fantasia (1940, 11 directors)
6. The Grapes of Wrath (1940, John Ford)
7. The Thief of Bagdad (1940, 6 directors)
8. Rebecca (1940, Alfred Hitchcock)
9. The Shop Around the Corner (1940, Ernst Lubitsch)
10. The Mark Of Zorro (1940, Rouben Mamoulian)
11. Foreign Correspondent (1940, Alfred Hitchcock)
12. Gaslight (1940, Thorold Dickinson)
13. Puss Gets the Boot (1940, Joseph Barbera & William Hanna & Rudolf Ising)
14. The Westerner (1940, William Wyler)
15. The Sea Hawk (1940, Michael Curtiz)
16. Night Train To Munich (1940, Carol Reed)
17. Waterloo Bridge (1940, Mervyn LeRoy)
18. City for Conquest (1940, Anatole Litvak & Jean Negulesco)
19. The Letter (1940, William Wyler)
20. Stranger on the Third Floor (1940, Boris Ingster)
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Feb 17 2017, 02:05:20 PM
albajos
Feb 17 2017, 01:51:01 PM
#5 is 6/10 and principles are important, so I guess I'm out then.

I've got to ask,how many movies from 1940 have you seen?!

Just looking at the movies from the US that year there is Pinocchio,The Grapes of Wrath,His Girl Friday,The Letter,They Drive By Night,The Great McGinty, Fantasia, The Fighting 69th,Stranger on the Third Floor ,Three Faces West etc. Are you seriously saying that it is impossible to find just 3 other titles to make a top 5?

That I find good enough to give 8-10/10. Yes.

I don't vote for movies I wouldn't recommend.
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Full list: https://letterboxd.com/jeff_v/list/films-seen-from-1940-ranked/

1. His Girl Friday
2. The Grapes of Wrath
3. Rebecca
4. The Shop Around the Corner
5. The Philadelphia Story
6. Pinocchio
7. Foreign Correspondent
8. Remember the Night
9. Fantasia
10. Strange Cargo
11. The Mortal Storm
12. The Bank Dick
13. Our Town
14. Dark Command
15. Traveling Actors
16. A Plumbing We Will Go
17. The Sea Hawk
18. Boom Town
19. A Wild Hare
20. All This, and Heaven Too
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01. The Great Dictator
02. The Grapes of Wrath
03 The Letter
04. Pinocchio
05. Contraband
06. They Drive by Night
07. The Murder in Thornton Square
08. Foreign Correspondent
09. Dr. Ehrlich's Magic Bullet
10. Night Train to Munich
11. Fantasia
12. The Long Voyage Home
13. Waterloo Bridge
14. All This and Heaven Too
15. Pride and Prejudice
16. A Dispatch from Reuter's
17. Kitty Foyle
18. The Thief of Bagdad
19. The Shop around the Corner
20. Rebecca

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1) Angels Over Broadway
2) Tarantella
3) Themis
4) Of Fox and Hounds
5) A Case of Spring Fever
6) New Dimensions (3D)
7) Loops
8) Swinging the Lambeth Walk
9) Dots
10) Wacky Wildlife
11) NBC Valentine Greeting
12) Patient Porky
13) Fantasia
14) Der ewige Jude
15) The Bear's Tale
16) Ceiling Hero
17) Circus Today
18) Flying Stewardess
19) Remember the Night
20) A Wild Hare




@perceval Re: Abstract Experiment in Kodachrome
If you mean the Slavko Vorkapich film, at least in the various databases it is dated as 1950. And on the Unseen Cinema DVD set it's dated as "c. 1940s-1950s".
Edited by Perception de Ambiguity, Feb 23 2017, 08:57:23 PM.
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Haven't done this in 9 years, but I enjoy these threads, glad to have them here.

1. His Girl Friday (1940)
2. Dance, Girl, Dance (1940)
3. The Great Dictator (1940)
4. The Grapes of Wrath (1940)
5. Foreign Correspondent (1940)
6. They Drive by Night (1940)
7. Remember the Night (1940)
8. The Shop Around the Corner (1940)
9. Rebecca (1940)
10. Night Train to Munich (1940)
11. The Westerner (1940)
12. The Mark of Zorro (1940)
13. Stranger on the Third Floor (1940)
14. The Philadelphia Story (1940)
15. Christmas in July (1940)
16. You Ought to Be in Pictures (1940)
17. The Letter (1940)
18. The Mortal Storm (1940)
19. My Favorite Wife (1940)
20. Too Many Husbands (1940)
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This is perhaps the weakest year for international cinema, leaving almost the entire list American while Europe and Asia was burning. Hoping to get some great recommendations from this thread.

1.The Grapes of Wrath (1940, John Ford) 10
2.His Girl Friday (1940, Howard Hawks)
3.The Letter (1940, William Wyler) 9.5
4.Pinocchio (1940, Hamilton Luske & Ben Sharpsteen)
5.The Long Voyage Home (1940, John Ford) 9
6.The Thief of Bagdad (1940, Ludwig Berger & Michael Powell) 8.5
7.Dívka v modrém / The Girl in Blue (1940, Otakar Vávra)
8.Abe Lincoln in Illinois (1940, John Cromwell) 8
9.Foreign Correspondent (1940, Alfred Hitchcock)
10.Strange Cargo (1940, Frank Borzage)
11.Gaslight (1940, Thorold Dickinson)
12.The Mortal Storm (1940, Frank Borzage)
13.Operette (1940, Willi Forst)
14. The Sea Hawk (1940, Michael Curtiz)
15.Pride and Prejudice (1940, Robert Z. Leonard)
16.They Drive by Night (1940, Raoul Walsh)
17.Rebecca (1940, Alfred Hitchcock)
18.The Great McGinty (1940, Preston Sturges)
19.'Northwest Passage' (Book I -- Rogers' Rangers) (1940, King Vidor) 7.5
20.Christmas in July (1940, Preston Sturges)

Updated to include Operette.
Edited by St. Gloede, Mar 11 2017, 10:41:50 AM.
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1. Rebecca
2. The Grapes of Wrath
3. The Philadelphia Story
4. His Girl Friday
5. The Shop Around the Corner
6. Fantasia
7. The Bank Dick
8. Foreign Correspondent
9. The Great Dictator
10. The Thief of Bagdad
11. The Long Voyage Home
12. The Mortal Storm
13. Pinocchio
14. Kitty Foyle
15. Dance, Girl, Dance
16. Stranger on the Third Floor
17. Christmas in July
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@perceval Re: Abstract Experiment in Kodachrome
If you mean the Slavko Vorkapich film, at least in the various databases it is dated as 1950. And on the Unseen Cinema DVD set it's dated as "c. 1940s-1950s".[/color]
Whatever databases know, you are probably right that 1940 is not the year. I post another list later (if I remember).
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Luckily I have 5 top films for 1940 (I am no real fan of this decade for movies and only have seen 13 features in total)

Rebecca
His Girl Friday
The Shop around the Corner
The Grapes of Wrath
The Thief of Bagdad
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1940 is definitely not my year...looks like I've only seen about 13 features. And I haven't even seen The Philadelphia Story. So, without thinking about it too much, I’m going to casually pick….

1. The Graphs of Rape...oops, The Grapes of Wrath
2. The Great Dictator
3. Fantasia
4. His Girl Friday
5. Pinocchio
6. The Shop Around the Corner
7. Remember the Night
8. The Great McGinty
9. The Bank Dick
10. Christmas in July
11. Foreign Correspondent
12. Rebecca
13. A Wild Hare
14. The Milky Way
15. A Sleepless Night
16. Swinging the Lambeth Walk
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looks like I've only seen about 13 features
But it looks like 12 of those were good enough to vote for. Pretty good ratio. ^_^
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1 . The Great Dictator ( Charles Chaplin )
2 . The Grapes of Wrath ( John Ford )
3 . The Thief of Bagdad ( Ludwig Berger, Michael Powell )
4 . Pinocchio ( Norman Ferguson, T. Hee )
5 . Foreign Correspondent ( Alfred Hitchcock )
6 . The Shop Around the Corner ( Ernst Lubitsch )
7 . The Westerner ( William Wyler )
8 . Rebecca ( Alfred Hitchcock )
9 . His Girl Friday ( Howard Hawks )
10 . The Philadelphia Story ( George Cukor )
11 . The Sea Hawk ( Michael Curtiz )

Watchlist: Blackout, The Star Look down,
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@perceval Re: Abstract Experiment in Kodachrome
If you mean the Slavko Vorkapich film, at least in the various databases it is dated as 1950. And on the Unseen Cinema DVD set it's dated as "c. 1940s-1950s".[/color]
Whatever databases know, you are probably right that 1940 is not the year. I post another list later (if I remember).
I also had this noted as 1940, probably due to Filmtipset.se. I guess I'll leave it out.

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2. His Girl Friday
3. Dots
4. Rebecca
5. The Great Dictator
6. The Westerner
7. The Philadelphia Story
8. London Can Take It!
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1. The Grapes of Wrath
2. The Shop Around the Corner
3. Rebecca
4. They Drive by Night
5. Foreign Correspondent
6. The Great Dictator
7. Tacoma Narrows Bridge Collapse
8. Swinging the Lambeth Walk
9. Themis
10. Power and the Land
11. Night Train to Munich
12. Dots
13. His Girl Friday
14. Loops
15. The Mortal Storm
16. The Letter
17. The Philadelphia Story

I guess this makes the polls run by brokenface sort of duplicate as I understand the concept is the same?
Edited by bal3x, Feb 17 2017, 11:17:54 PM.
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I guess this makes the polls run by brokenface sort of duplicate as I understand the concept is the same?
Brokenface's polls are about more than just "best movie" and the voting system is different, so not really.
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bal3x
Feb 17 2017, 11:15:46 PM
I guess this makes the polls run by brokenface sort of duplicate as I understand the concept is the same?
Brokenface's polls are about more than just "best movie" and the voting system is different, so not really.
Yeah, true, there's indeed more to those so no problem then :)
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This is perhaps the weakest year for international cinema, leaving almost the entire list American while Europe and Asia was burning. Hoping to get some great recommendations from this thread.

1.The Grapes of Wrath (1940, John Ford) 10
2.His Girl Friday (1940, Howard Hawks)
3.The Letter (1940, William Wyler) 9.5
4.Pinocchio (1940, Hamilton Luske & Ben Sharpsteen)
5.The Long Voyage Home (1940, John Ford) 9
6.The Thief of Bagdad (1940, Ludwig Berger & Michael Powell) 8.5
7.Dívka v modrém / The Girl in Blue (1940, Otakar Vávra)
8.Abe Lincoln in Illinois (1940, John Cromwell) 8
9.Foreign Correspondent (1940, Alfred Hitchcock)
10.Strange Cargo (1940, Frank Borzage)
11.Gaslight (1940, Thorold Dickinson)
12.The Mortal Storm (1940, Frank Borzage)
13.The Sea Hawk (1940, Michael Curtiz)
14.Pride and Prejudice (1940, Robert Z. Leonard)
15.They Drive by Night (1940, Raoul Walsh)
16.Rebecca (1940, Alfred Hitchcock)
17.The Great McGinty (1940, Preston Sturges)
18.'Northwest Passage' (Book I -- Rogers' Rangers) (1940, King Vidor) 7.5
19.Christmas in July (1940, Preston Sturges)
20.City for Conquest (1940, Anatole Litvak)
According to Wikipedia there were almost 40 Chinese movies released in 1940, but I haven't a clue how to get a hold of them.
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