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Third Man on the Mountain (1959)

Approved | | Adventure, Drama, Family | 10 November 1959 (USA)
A boy attempts to realize his father's dream of climbing an alpine peak known as the Citadel.



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Complete credited cast:
Captain John Winter
Rudi Matt
Franz Lerner
Emil Saxo
Teo Zurbriggen
Lee Patterson ...
Klaus Wesselhoft
Walter Fitzgerald ...
Herr Hempel
Nora Swinburne ...
Frau Matt


In 1865 Switzerland, a country mostly covered by high mountains, the main hobby is mountain-climbing. For some locals it's a personal passion and for others it's a lucrative business. Many tourists, mostly rich foreigners and explorers, come to Switzerland to attempt world records by climbing mountain peaks that have never been climbed or seldom been climbed before. Of course, some of these brave explorers lose their lives in their dangerous quests. The local Swiss villages provide experienced mountain guides and porters to the mountain climbers willing to pay the price, in coins or lives. Kurtal is such a small Swiss village located at the base of the famous Citadel mountain. The Citadel is the highest and the most dangerous peak in the region. Many have died trying to climb it but for the past 16 years no one has ventured on it. The last man to lose his life on the Citadel was the famous local mountain guide Josef Matt who died sacrificing himself in order to save the lives of his ... Written by nufs68

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10 November 1959 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Banner in the Sky  »

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$2,000,000 (estimated)

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(RCA Sound Recording)



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1.37 : 1
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Helen Hayes: James MacArthur's mother, appears uncredited as a tourist leaving the hotel where Rudi works. See more »


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Frau Matt: Would you want to be the wife of a guide?
Lizbeth Hempel: Yes. Or of a dishwasher, or a hotel proprietor. But never the wife of a hotel proprietor who wanted to climb mountains! Because a man must do what he feels he must do; or he isn't a man. And no one, wife mother or sweetheart, has the right to make him into something that he wasn't meant to be.
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Irresistible Disney adventure!
29 July 2001 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

Young man in 1860s Switzerland, working as a lowly dishwasher, longs to climbs The Citadel--the same treacherous mountain his beloved father died trying to scale. Live-action Disney film has colorful production, strong performances and a sincere script about following your dreams and overcoming the odds. Sturdy lad James MacArthur is well-cast in the leading role, and his shy manner and yet driven spirit is engaging; Janet Munro once again plays the proverbial Disney love-interest, but she's appealing here too, a feisty, devoted female. Based on James Ramsey Ullman's book "Banner In The Sky", and the inspiration for Disneyland's Matterhorn ride, this is a well-plotted family film that thoughtful kids should really enjoy. ***1/2 from ****

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