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The Third Man (1949) Poster

(1949)

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Edited into 

The 20th Century: A Moving Visual History (1999) (TV Mini-Series)
excerpt shown in 'The 1940s: War, Recovery and Rebirth' episode

Spin-off 

The Third Man (1959) (TV Series)

References 

M (1931)
The balloon seller is identical to the one in M
Les Misérables (1935)
The chase through the sewers near the end is borrowed from the sewer chase in this film.
The Oklahoma Kid (1939)
"Oklahoma Kid" is the title of one of Martins's pulp western novels.
Citizen Kane (1941)
Casablanca (1942)

Referenced in 

The Happiest Days of Your Life (1950)
A snatch of the theme is heard during the shot of Pond sleeping in the bath
Customs Officer Bom (1951)
Two burglars hear zither music and one of them says that a third man is not present.
Mr. Potts Goes to Moscow (1952)
kiosk/zither music gag towards end of the film
Of Life and Love (1953)
Italian poster shown under the credits for the segment "Alida Valli".
The Sadist (1963)
Fingers shot during climactic death scene in snake pit.
Carry on Spying (1964)
zither music, very similar to the The Third Man (Harry Lime) theme
Dead Run (1967)
Our Lady of the Turks (1968)
Nostra signora dei turchi features the famous Anton Karas's theme from The Third Man.
Vienna (1968) (Short)
Title music used and Orson Welles talking about "The Third Man".
World on a Wire (1973) (TV Movie)
Scene in the staircase where Stiller bangs on Eva's door. The caretaker appears on the upper floor to tell him that she's not around, while Anton Karas' famous zither melody fills the background.
Alice Goodbody (1974)
Alice mentions the title.
Alligator (1980)
Graffiti on wall reads "Harry Lime Lives"
Lou Grant: Drifters (1981) (TV Episode)
Scott wants to be a movie critic and writes a review of The Third Man
Remington Steele: Your Steele the One for Me (1982) (TV Episode)
Finally, Steele realizes they are using the wrong movie as a guide for the case and settles on this one. He says he was thrown off by the "Oriental angle" of their case.
Clint Eastwood: Director (1982) (TV Movie)
mentioned once
Remington Steele: Steele Crazy After All These Years (1983) (TV Episode)
Movie referenced in dialogue.
La avispita Ruinasa (1983)
A slot machine plays the Third Man theme.
Top Secret! (1984)
"The Third Man" is listed in the closing credits.
Remington Steele: Maltese Steele (1984) (TV Episode)
Steele recalls the plot of this movie after he and Laura dig up an empty grave.
What Have I Done to Deserve This? (1984)
The tune of The Third Man theme is playing after drinks were ordered in the cafe.
Brazil (1985)
Wetherby (1985)
Uses seeing it as an alibi for a date.
Tenko Reunion (1985) (TV Movie)
Dorothy mentions seeing this movie, and later refers to Jake as "Harry Lime"
Remington Steele: Steele on the Air (1986) (TV Episode)
Steele mentions this movie when Laura and he discover that a counterfeit conspiracy involves a third man.
Aliens (1986)
Siskel & Ebert: Hollywood's New Vandalism (1986) (TV Episode)
Roger Ebert mentions that the movie is out of copyright and therefore anyone is free to vandalize it.
Bubblegum Crisis (1987) (Video)
The Vanishing (1988)
Going Down in Morocco (1989)
The character Doña Antonia mentions the movie 'Third Man, The (1949)'.
The Kids in the Hall: Episode #1.3 (1989) (TV Episode)
mentioned as a film Joseph Cotten was in
Miller's Crossing (1990)
Funeral scene; long tree-lined road near cemetery; being left on the road by the woman leaving the funeral; decoy corpse to fake someone's death
Home Alone (1990)
character named Harry Lime
Batman Returns (1992)
Opening titles in sewers as penguin floats in babybasket
Unforgiven (1992)
Clint has credited much of the lighting in Unforgiven to this film
Screen One: A Very Polish Practice (1992) (TV Episode)
Alfred Molina's character - a shady drug dealer in an eastern European country, with a penchant for talking about cuckoo clocks, and who only turns up some way into the proceedings, is a nod to Harry Lime in The Third Man.
The Pickle (1993)
The Fugitive (1993)
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Eegah! (1993) (TV Episode)
Tom: "Is this 'The Third Man' all of a sudden?"
Just a Minute: Episode #2.2 (1994) (TV Episode)
Referenced by name
Oliver's Travels: Do We Look Like That (1995) (TV Episode)
Oliver talks about the concept of safety in numbers utilized by Joseph Cotten.
GoldenEye (1995)
A Close Shave (1995) (Short)
Tesis (1996)
Character (1997)
Gattaca (1997)
Eastwood on Eastwood (1997) (TV Movie)
Millennium: Jose Chung's 'Doomsday Defense' (1997) (TV Episode)
on movie marquee
X-Men (2000)
Battle Royale (2000)
The title of this 1949 Noir-classic is quite visibly displayed on a laptop computer screen in one scene.
Wer war der dritte Mann...? (2000) (TV Movie)
Documentary about the making of the movie
Scary Movie 2 (2001)
the butler looks from the window to his killer who is off screen
The 100 Greatest Films (2001) (TV Movie)
Referenced by name
Resident Evil (2002)
Rachel's Attic (2002)
Christopher says this is his favorite movie
xXx (2002)
Malcolm in the Middle: Malcolm Films Reese (2003) (TV Episode)
Dewey performs his "The Great El Foldo" act using "The Harry Lime Theme" as musical accompaniment..
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)
Samwise's shadow preceding him up the stairs when he rescues Frodo
Agent Cody Banks 2: Destination London (2004)
Briefing on a ferris wheel
Mindhunters (2004)
Seen on movie theatre marquee during the film.
The Right Way (2004)
Law & Order: Fluency (2005) (TV Episode)
Jack McCoy quotes lines from that movie in this episode
Film Geek (2005)
Poster is shown in Scotty's apartment.
Midnight Movies: From the Margin to the Mainstream (2005)
It is mentioned in a magazine.
Five Minutes, Mr. Welles (2005) (Short)
Film is a behind the scenes look at the making of 'the Third Man'. It explains the inspiration for the monologue sequence
Mozart and the Whale (2005)
H-LIME license plate explained to be Harry Lime from this movie
Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories (2005) (Video Game)
a spoof poster of the film appears in the game
All About Anna (2005) (Video)
Similar use of Dutch angles, etc.
Kiss Me Again (2006)
Julian and Chalice talk about renting the film in a video store.
The Departed (2006)
After Billy's funeral - like Harry Lime's funeral
The Essentials: The Third Man (2006) (TV Episode)
This documentary discusses Third Man, The (1949).
The Good German (2006)
Dramatically-lit labyrinthine sewer system scene
Suburban Girl (2007)
mentioned on "Orson Welles Retrospective" sign
What Just Happened (2008)
Director compares his final shot to the ending of the 1949 Carol Reed film.
Culpa (2008) (Video)
contrast in lightening
Me and Orson Welles (2008)
Joseph Cotten appears from the shadows in the exact same manner as Orson Welles in The Third Man
Chuck: Chuck Versus the Broken Heart (2009) (TV Episode)
As a cover, Ahmad uses the name Harry Lime, the name of Orson Welles' character in The Third Man.
Castle: The Third Man (2010) (TV Episode)
Title reference. Also, a mystery involving the identity and actions of a third man involved in a crime.
Casino Jack (2010)
The film's title is written on Jack's blackboard when he is seen teaching a screenwriting class in prison.
Supernatural: The Third Man (2010) (TV Episode)
Title reference.
The Amazing Race: I Cannot Deal with Your Psycho Behavior: Austria (2011) (TV Episode)
Orson Welles' The Third Man film mentioned at start of detour
L.A. Noire (2011) (Video Game)
One of the 50 gold film reels you can find.
Weekend Weekend: Episode #1.9 (2011) (TV Episode)
Ulla Terkelsen mentions the movie
Sludd (2014) (Short)
Visual references

Featured in 

In girum imus nocte et consumimur igni (1978)
features footage from this
Dempsey and Makepeace: Love You to Death (1985) (TV Episode)
Dempsey watches the film on television.
River's Edge (1986)
Matt (Keanu Reeves) is watching a scene from The Third Man on television, in which a man is being convinced that he must betray his old friend.
The Karen Carpenter Story (1989) (TV Movie)
Karen is riding an exercise bike in her hotel suite watching "The Third Man".
Siskel & Ebert: Hail, Hail, Black and White (1989) (TV Episode)
Ebert's pick for his favorite black and white moment in cinema
Zomergasten: Episode #3.1 (1990) (TV Episode)
A fragment of this film is shown in this episode
Tokyo Fist (1995)
Siskel & Ebert: Villains: So Bad, They're Good (1995) (TV Episode)
Clips are shown.
AFI's 100 Years... 100 Movies: America's Greatest Movies (1998) (TV Special)
This film is #57 on the list.
Österreich - Unser Jahrhundert: Große Kunst im kleinen Land (1999) (TV Episode)
Example of Austrian movie art
AFI's 100 Years... 100 Thrills: America's Most Heart-Pounding Movies (2001) (TV Special)
This film is #75 on the list.
The 100 Greatest Films (2001) (TV Movie)
Clips are shown
AFI's 100 Years... 100 Heroes & Villains (2003) (TV Special)
Harry Lime is #37 on the "Villains" list.
Shadowing the Third Man (2004) (TV Movie)
footage used in documentary
The Ultimate Film (2004) (TV Movie)
number 26
A Sense of Carol Reed (2006) (Video)
excerpts
Empire: The World's Best Movie Quiz (2006) (Video Game)
Clips used
The 79th Annual Academy Awards (2007) (TV Special)
Flow: For Love of Water (2008)
clip from the film
AFI's 10 Top 10: America's 10 Greatest Films in 10 Classic Genres (2008) (TV Movie)
This film is #5 on the "Mystery" list.
The Rotten Tomatoes Show: Robin Hood/Letters to Juliet/Just Wright (2010) (TV Episode)
Michael Caine's pick for his #2 favorite film
Ebert Presents: At the Movies: Episode #1.1 (2011) (TV Episode)
clips are shown during Kim Morgan's review of the film
The Story of Film: An Odyssey: Episode #1.5 (2011) (TV Episode)
Clips shown
The Story of Film: An Odyssey: Episode #1.12 (2011) (TV Episode)
Clips shown
Lost Forever (2011)
Clips from this film are shown in Lost Forever.
Just Henry (2011) (TV Movie)
Henry and Grace watch this film at the cinema
Dangerous Edge: A Life of Graham Greene (2013)
Clips and poster shown
Smashing UK Top 10: Top 10 British Films (2013) (TV Episode)
Clips
Smashing UK Top 10: Top 10 Thrillers (2013) (TV Episode)
Clips

Spoofed in 

Mr. Potts Goes to Moscow (1952)
Main character is chased through dark rubbled streets and comes upon a familar kiosk which upon opening, zither music eminates from within.
Pinky and the Brain: The Third Mouse/The Visit (1996) (TV Episode)
The first half of this episode, "The Third Mouse", is a direct spoof. The look, plot, and various scenes are all spoofed.
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Business as Usual (1997) (TV Episode)
The speech "if one of those twinkling little lights suddenly went out" paraphrases "if one of those dots stopped moving forever."
Monk: Mr. Monk and the Candidate: Part 1 (2002) (TV Episode)
The sewage chasing scene at the end

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