Harold Goodwin

Biography

Harold Goodwin, actor, born October 22 1917; died June 3 2004 Harold Goodwin, who has died aged 86, belonged to a distinguished and well-loved line of British character actors - among them, Sam Kydd, Victor Maddern, MichaelRipper, Bill Owen and Alfie Bass - who played working-class figures in many wartime and postwar films. Born in Barnsley, Yorkshire, Harold became interested in amateur dramatics, which he rushed off to join at the end of his working days as a packer of cream-crackers at the McVities factory in Stockport. It was there that he met his future wife, Beatrice; they were both aged 14, and she was a packer too. They married eight years later, in 1939, and remained together till the end. The first professional show that Harold saw was the Manchester repertory theatre production of Love On The Dole, adapted from the novel by Walter Greenwood, that brought the young Wendy Hiller (obituary, May 16 2003) to fame, in 1934. It determined him to become an actor, despite his mother's belief that electricity was "the coming thing". Harold made his first visit to London, at the age of 20, to attend an audition for Rada. "I didn't realise I had an accent," he told me later, "so when I did my bit of Macbeth, standing there with my big boots and cap, I could hear them laughing." Sybil Thorndike called him over: "She was very kind and told me that my voice was not quite right for playing Shakespeare." But Harold got in, and so began a career that spanned some 60 years. He never lost his Barnsley accent. On leaving Rada, Harold worked for a season at Liverpool rep, before moving to London to start a distinguished West End theatre career with a season in Laurence Olivier's Old Vic company at the New Theatre in 1949. Altogether, he appeared in more than 100 films, starting with The Happiest Days Of Your Life (1950), and including The Man In The White Suit (1951), The Cruel Sea (1953), The Dam Busters (1954), The Ladykillers (1955), The Bridge On The River Kwai (1957), The Prince And The Showgirl (1957) and The Longest Day (1962). His television appearances ranged from Dixon of Dock Green and The Adventures of Robin Hood (both 1955), via a series of Oh No, It's Selwyn Froggitt (1974), with the accident-prone Bill Maynard (1974), and Arthur Miller's drama The Crucible (1981), to a window cleaner in One Foot In The Grave (1990) and a stint as Joss Shackleton in Coronation Street (1991). Twenty-five years ago, Harold and I were together on a European tour of Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale for the British Council. His lugubrious manner belied an acerbic sense of humour, so that you were never certain how much he meant what he said. One day in Luxembourg, he said: "Harry, what would I do without you to go around with? The youngsters want to hit the town, the older members of the cast are all Tories, so I am grateful. I'd like to give you a present. I've seen a pen that costs £4. If you pay £2 towards it, I'll buy it for you." A couple of days later, he produced the pen and asked for the £2, which, somewhat bemused, I handed over. He then took me out to lunch. A staunch socialist, Harold became disillusioned in latter years, declaring himself to be "Old Labour through and through". A loyal member of the actors' trade union Equity, he cared about the lot of performers less well off than himself, and worked hard for the return of an Equity council that he thought represented his ideals and principles. Starred in the Sea of Sand 1958

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The Cameraman

Harold Stagg

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College

A Rival

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The Terror of the Tongs

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Heart o' the Hills

Young Jason Honeycutt

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The Misadventures of Buster Keaton

(uncredited)

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The Better 'Ole

Bert Chester - British Secret Service

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How I Play Golf, by Bobby Jones No. 6: 'the Big Irons'

Mr. Goodwin (uncredited)

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Shock Treatment

Library Clerk (uncredited)

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The Phantom of the Opera

Bill

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Dirigible

Hansen

Starring In
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Daniel Boone - Season One

Grover Hanks / ... (8 episodes, 1965-1968)

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Boy Called Woof

Husband

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Jabberwocky

Third peasant

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All Creatures Great And Small

Dinsdale's Uncle

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Some Will, Some Won't

Williams

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Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed

Burglar (uncredited)

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Nearest and Dearest - Series 1

Billy Butterworth / ... (2 episodes, 1970-1972)

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Don't Raise the Bridge, Lower the River

Six-Eyes Wiener

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Die, Monster, Die!

Taxi Driver (UK version)

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Morituri

Merchant Marine (uncredited)

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The Curse of the Mummy's Tomb

Fred one of King's Workmen

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Fate Is The Hunter

Art Baldwin (uncredited)

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Shock Treatment

Library Clerk (uncredited)

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The Brass Bottle

Van Driver (uncredited)

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The Hi-Jackers

Scouse

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Move Over, Darling

Bailiff (uncredited)

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The Longest Day

British Infantryman (uncredited)

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The Phantom of the Opera

Bill

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Experiment in Terror

Truck Driver (uncredited)

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Crooks Anonymous

George

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Number Six

Smith

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Go Naked in the World

George - the Bartender (uncredited)

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Never Back Losers

Floyd

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The Terror of the Tongs

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On the Fiddle

Corporal Reeves

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The Bulldog Breed

Streaky Hopkinson

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Spartacus

Slave (uncredited)

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Portrait In Black

Patrolman (uncredited)

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Sink the Bismarck!

Airman in Phone Montage (uncredited)

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The Leech Woman

Detective Joe (uncredited)

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The Mummy

Pat

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No Name on the Bullet

Wilson - Bank Clerk (uncredited)

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It Started with a Kiss

Guard (uncredited)

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Wrong Number

Bates

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The Ugly Duckling

Benny

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The Square Peg

Workman (uncredited)

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Step Down to Terror

Man with Dog (uncredited)

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Twilight for the Gods

Salvage Man

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Kapitän Seekrank

Duckworth

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Sea of Sand

Road Watch

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The Bridge on the River Kwai

Baker

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The Ship Was Loaded

Parker (uncredited)

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Night Passage

Pick Gannon (as Herold Goodwin)

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The Prince And The Showgirl

Call Boy

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Joe Butterfly

Colonel Hopper

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Sea Wife

Daily Telegraph Clerk

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Three Men in a Boat

Maze Keeper (Maze)

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Zarak

Sgt. Higgins

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The Long Arm

Official at Somerset House

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Ritt in den Tod

Telegrapher (uncredited)

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Schüsse peitschen durch die Nacht

Cattleman (uncredited)

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Now and Forever

Lorry driver

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The Ladykillers

Parcels Clerk (uncredited)

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Abbott and Costello Meet the Keystone Kops

Cameraman (as Herold Goodwin)

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The Galloping Major

Stallholder (uncredited)

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Ma and Pa Kettle at Waikiki

Dr. Barnes (uncredited)

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PT Raiders

Second Customs Officer

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The Dam Busters

Wing Comdr. Gibson's Batman

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The Million Pound Note

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Black Tuesday

Fire Commissioner (uncredited)

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Ride Clear of Diablo

Bartender (uncredited)

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Black Horse Canyon

Cowhand (uncredited)

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Calamity Jane

Poker Player (uncredited)

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Abbott and Costello Go to Mars

Dr. Coleman (uncredited)

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The Redhead From Wyoming

Chet's Henchman (uncredited)

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The Cruel Sea

ASDIC Operator

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Ma and Pa Kettle on Vacation

U.S. Agent Harriman (uncredited)

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Angels One Five

A.C. 2 Wailes

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Judgment Deferred

Radio operator (uncredited)

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The Promoter

John (uncredited)

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Comin' Round the Mountain

Mountaineer

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Ma and Pa Kettle Back on the Farm

Train Conductor (uncredited)

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Abbott and Costello Meet the Invisible Man

Bartender (uncredited)

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Cavalry Charge

Union Sergeant (uncredited)

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Green Grow the Rushes

Gosling

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Cattle Drive

Waiter (uncredited)

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The Man in the White Suit

Wilkins

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Doppeltes Dynamit

Police Lieutenant (uncredited)

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I Was a Shoplifter

San Diego Sheriff (uncredited)

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A Christmas Wish (aka The Great Rupert)

F.B.I. Man

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Wyoming Mail

Cowboy (uncredited)

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Woman in Hiding

State Trooper (uncredited)

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The Happiest Days Of Your Life

Edwin (assistant school porter)

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The Kid from Texas

Matt Curtis

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The Misadventures of Buster Keaton

(uncredited)

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The Lady Gambles

Westerner (uncredited)

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Tokyo Joe

Major J.F.X. Loomis (uncredited)

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Bad Boy

Gambler (uncredited)

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Kiss the Blood Off My Hands

Whipper (uncredited)

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Here Comes Trouble

Reporter with Cigars (uncredited)

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River Lady

Larson (uncredited)

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Ride the Pink Horse

Red

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Don't Gamble with Strangers

John Sanders

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Salomè

San Francisco Sheriff (uncredited)

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Frontier Gal

Deputy (uncredited)

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He Hired the Boss

Hank (uncredited)

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The Hay Foot

Lieutenant Caldwell

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Great Guns

Army Captain (uncredited)

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You'll Never Get Rich

Capt. Nolan (uncredited)

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Buck Privates

Sergeant Leading Recruits Through Train Station (uncredited)

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Forced Landing

Petchnikoff

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International Lady

Decoder on Piano (uncredited)

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Tanks a Million

Lt. Caldwell

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The Blue Bird

Hickory Tree (uncredited)

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Charlie Chan at the Wax Museum

Edwards

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Charlie Chan in Panama

Military Police Corporal (uncredited)

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Hollywood Cavalcade

Prop Boy (uncredited)

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Susannah of the Mounties

Orderly (scenes deleted)

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Young Mr. Lincoln

Jeremiah Carter (uncredited)

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Jesse James

Bill

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Mr. Moto's Last Warning

Nightclub Bouncer and Seaman (uncredited)

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Union Pacific

E.E. Calvin (telegrapher)

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Charlie Chan at Treasure Island

Airplane Steward (uncredited)

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Second Fiddle

Pool Party Photographer (uncredited)

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Mr. Moto in Danger Island

Ship Dispatch Officer (uncredited)

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Just Around the Corner

Reporter (uncredited)

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Always Goodbye

Chauffeur (uncredited)

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Sky Giant

Thompson's Partner (uncredited)

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My Lucky Star

Cameraman

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Alexander's Ragtime Band

Military Policeman at Army Show (uncredited)

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One Wild Night

Newspaper Reporter (uncredited)

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It Happened in Hollywood

Buck

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Breakfast for Two

Joe - Blair's Chauffeur (uncredited)

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The Dark Hour

Peter Blake

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The Crusades

Wounded Soldier (uncredited)

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Condemned to Live

Villager (uncredited)

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Wagon Wheels

Nancy's brother (uncredited)

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Hallelujah I'm a Bum

Len (uncredited)

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Movie Crazy

Miller

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How I Play Golf, by Bobby Jones No. 6: 'the Big Irons'

Mr. Goodwin (uncredited)

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Dirigible

Hansen

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Aristocratas del Crimen

Conway - Gangster (uncredited)

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All Quiet on the Western Front

Detering

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The Widow from Chicago

Jimmy Henderson

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The Cameraman

Harold Stagg

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College

A Rival

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The Better 'Ole

Bert Chester - British Secret Service

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Heart o' the Hills

Young Jason Honeycutt

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