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The Third Man -- Arriving in Vienna, Holly Martins learns that his friend Harry Lime, who has invited him, recently died in a car accident.

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Director:
Writers:
Graham Greene (by)
Graham Greene (screen play)
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Release Date:
31 August 1949 (UK) See more »
Tagline:
Carol Reed's Classic Thriller See more »
Plot:
Pulp novelist Holly Martins travels to shadowy, postwar Vienna, only to find himself investigating the mysterious death of an old friend, black-market opportunist Harry Lime. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Won Oscar. Another 3 wins & 4 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
A movie ahead of its time See more (367 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Joseph Cotten ... Holly Martins

Alida Valli ... Anna Schmidt (as Valli)

Orson Welles ... Harry Lime

Trevor Howard ... Maj. Calloway

Bernard Lee ... Sgt. Paine
Paul Hörbiger ... Karl - Harry's Porter (as Paul Hoerbiger)
Ernst Deutsch ... 'Baron' Kurtz
Siegfried Breuer ... Popescu
Erich Ponto ... Dr. Winkel

Wilfrid Hyde-White ... Crabbin
Hedwig Bleibtreu ... Anna's Old Landlady
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Nelly Arno ... Kurtz's Mother (uncredited)
Jack Arrow ... International Patrol A (uncredited)
Harold Ayer ... Soldier (uncredited)
Harry Belcher ... Man Chasing Holly (uncredited)
Leo Bieber ... Casanova Barman (uncredited)
Paul Birch ... Military Policeman (uncredited)
Martin Boddey ... Russian Military Policeman (uncredited)
Madge Brindley ... Guest at Casanova Bar (uncredited)

Robert Brown ... British Military Policeman in Sewer Chase (uncredited)
Ray Browne ... International Patrol B (uncredited)
Paul Carpenter ... International Patrol D (uncredited)
Marie-Louise Charlier ... Stripper at club (uncredited)
Alexis Chesnakov ... Col. Brodsky - Russian Liaison Officer (uncredited)
Guy De Monceau ... International Patrol C (uncredited)
Reed De Rouen ... American Military Policeman at Railroad Station (uncredited)
Jack Faint ... Guest at Casanova Bar (uncredited)
Peter Fontaine ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Thomas Gallagher ... Taxi Driver (uncredited)
Michael Godfrey ... International Patrol C (uncredited)
Vernon Greeves ... International Patrol D (uncredited)
Herbert Halbik ... Little Hansel - Boy with Ball) (uncredited)
Paul Hardtmuth ... Hartman - Hall Porter at Hotel Sacher (uncredited)
Walter Hertner ... Barman at Sacher's (uncredited)
Lily Kann ... Nurse (uncredited)
Geoffrey Keen ... British Military Policeman (uncredited)
Brookes Kyle ... International Patrol B (uncredited)
Martin Miller ... Headwaiter (uncredited)
Hannah Norbert ... Actress at Josefstadt Theater (uncredited)

Eric Pohlmann ... Waiter at Smolka's (uncredited)
Carol Reed ... Opening Narrator - UK Version (voice) (uncredited)

Annie Rosar ... Porter's Wife (uncredited)
Frederick Schreicker ... Hansel's Father (uncredited)
Hugo Schuster ... Waiter (uncredited)
Karel Stepanek ... Actor at Josefstadt Theater (uncredited)
Gordon Tanner ... International Patrol C (uncredited)
Ernst Ulman ... Visitor at Literature Club (uncredited)
Helga Wahlrow ... Josefstadt Theatre Actress (uncredited)
Jenny Werner ... Hilde - Winkel's Maid (uncredited)
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Directed by
Carol Reed 
 
Writing credits
Graham Greene (by)

Graham Greene (screen play)

Alexander Korda  story (uncredited)
Carol Reed  uncredited
Orson Welles  uncredited

Produced by
Hugh Perceval .... associate producer
Carol Reed .... producer
Alexander Korda .... producer (uncredited)
David O. Selznick .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Anton Karas (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Robert Krasker (photographed by)
 
Film Editing by
Oswald Hafenrichter 
 
Set Decoration by
Dario Simoni (uncredited)
 
Makeup Department
George Frost .... makeup artist
Joe Shear .... hairdresser (as J. Shear)
Peter Evans .... assistant makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
T.S. Lyndon-Haynes .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Guy Hamilton .... assistant director
Jack Causey .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Jack N. Green .... third assistant director (uncredited)
George Pollock .... second unit director (uncredited)
Gino Wimmer .... assistant director: Austria (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Joseph Bato .... sets designed by
Ferdinand Bellan .... assistant art director
John Hawkesworth .... sets designed by
Vincent Korda .... sets designed by
James Sawyer .... assistant art director
Sid Leggett .... chief floor props (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
John Cox .... sound supervisor
Jack Drake .... sound editor
Red Law .... sound recordist
Bert Ross .... sound recordist
Jack Davies .... boom operator (uncredited)
Jimmy Dooley .... sound camera operator (uncredited)
John Glen .... assistant sound editor (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
W. Percy Day .... matte painter (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Denys N. Coop .... camera operator (as Denys Coop)
Stanley Pavey .... additional photography (as Stan Pavey)
Edward Scaife .... camera operator (as E. Scaife)
John Wilcox .... additional photography
Monty Berman .... camera operator: "b" camera (uncredited)
J. Bicknell .... camera loader (uncredited)
Alan McCabe .... clapper loader (uncredited)
Geoff Meldrum .... focus puller (uncredited)
John von Kotze .... focus puller: second unit (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Ivy Baker .... wardrobe
Gene Hornsby .... assistant wardrobe: women (uncredited)
George Murrey .... wardrobe master (uncredited)
Dickie Richardson .... assistant wardrobe: men (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Peter Taylor .... assembly cutter
Derek Armstrong .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Ken Behrens .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Noreen Best .... cutter (uncredited)
David Eady .... assistant editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Anton Karas .... music played by: Zither music
 
Other crew
Alexander Korda .... presenter
Peggy McClafferty .... continuity
Elizabeth Montagu .... advisor: Austrian
David O. Selznick .... presenter
Angela Allen .... script supervisor: second unit (uncredited)
Teresa Bolland .... production secretary (uncredited)
Robert Dunbar .... production assistant: second unit (uncredited)
Enid Jones .... unit publicist (uncredited)
 
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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"The 3rd Man" - USA (poster title)
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Runtime:
104 min | USA:93 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
Certification:
Argentina:13 | Australia:PG | Brazil:14 | Finland:K-16 | Iceland:12 | Japan:G (2009) | Netherlands:6 (DVD rating) | New Zealand:G | Norway:11 | South Korea:15 (2003) | Spain:13 | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) | UK:PG (tv rating) | UK:PG (re-rating) (re-release) (1994) | UK:PG (video rating) (1989) (2004) (2006) | USA:Not Rated | USA:Approved (PCA #14125) | West Germany:12

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Trivia:
The future director John Glen was working in the editing department at Shepperton Studios when the film started production. He had a similar build to Joseph Cotten and was enlisted to supply the sound of his footsteps in post-production sound dubbing. He watched a continuous loop in the Westrex theatre and memorized the exact speed of Cotten's pace before dashing outside to a stairwell with a hard surface where the sound of his walking was recorded.See more »
Goofs:
Audio/visual unsynchronized: After Calloway has shown Martins the evidence against Lime, Calloway picks up the phone. We hear his line, "Get me police headquarters," but we don't see his lips move.See more »
Quotes:
Martins:Oh, Anna, why do we always... have to quarrel?
Anna Schmidt:If you want to sell your services, I'm not willing to be the price. I loved him. You loved him. What good have we done him? Love. Look at yourself.They have a name for faces like that.
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Soundtrack:
Das Alte LiedSee more »

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232 out of 282 people found the following review useful.
A movie ahead of its time, 26 June 1999
Author: Michael Torrice (mmt02@mit.edu) from Boston

The Third Man is a movie that looks and feels not like a movie of the 40s, but like a neo-noir of the late 60s/early 70s. This wonderful example of classic noir is one of the all time greatest films. It combines amazing visuals, sounds, dialogue, and acting to tell a thrilling story and comment about the atmosphere after WWII.

Of all the movies durring the studio era (pre-1960ish), there are three movies with cinematography that always stick out in my mind: Gregg Toland's work in Citizen Kane, Russel Mety's work in Touch of Evil, and Robert Krasker's work in The Third Man (all starring Orson Welles funny enough). I just recently saw a restored 35mm version of The Third Man. The crisp black and white visuals of a bombed out Vienna are so breath-taking. Shadows are everywhere. The unique way Krasker tilts the camera in some shots adding to the disorientation of the plot. And who can forget the first close-up of Welles with the light from an apartment room above splashing onto his face; one of the great entrances in movie history (Lime gives his old friend a smile that only Welles could give).

The cinematography is backed by strong performances by Welles, Cotten, and italian actress Vali. The writing of Greene is wonderful; you can see the plot twisting around Cotten tightly. But what makes The Third Man so great is its historical commentary (well not really historical since it was commenting on its own time, but to us it is historical). On one level The Third Man is a story of betrayal and corruption in a post-war, occupied Vienna. On the other hand, its giving the audience a glimpse of the mood of Europe after the great war. The uncertainty that the Cold War was bringing is evident through out the film; Cotten is constantly trying to figure out who to trust. Vienna is on the frontier of the new communist bloc (we even see the communists infiltrating Vienna trying to bring Vali back to her native Czechoslavakia). The zither music score combined with the stark images of bombed out Vienna are reminiscent of the frontier towns of American Westerns. So The Third Man is not only a wonderful film noir, but a unique look at the brief time between WWII and the height of the Cold War.

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