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Pulp novelist Holly Martins travels to shadowy, postwar Vienna, only to find himself investigating the mysterious death of an old friend, Harry Lime.

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Holly Martins
Anna Schmidt (as Valli)
Harry Lime
Maj. Calloway
Karl (as Paul Hoerbiger)
Baron Kurtz
Dr. Winkel
Anna's Landlady
Sgt. Paine
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Nelly Arno ...
Kurtz's Mother (uncredited)
Jack Arrow ...
International Patrol A (uncredited)
Soldier (uncredited)
Harry Belcher ...
Man Chasing Holly (uncredited)
Leo Bieber ...
Casanova Barman (uncredited)
Military Policeman (uncredited)
Russian Military Policeman (uncredited)
Guest at Casanova Bar (uncredited)
British Military Policeman in Sewer Chase (uncredited)
Ray Browne ...
International Patrol B (uncredited)
Robin Burns ...
Man in Racetrack Bar (uncredited)
Paul Carpenter ...
International Patrol D (uncredited)
Marie-Louise Charlier ...
Stripper at Club (uncredited)
Alexis Chesnakov ...
Col. Brodsky (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)
International Patrol C (uncredited)
Man on Street (uncredited)
Vernon Greeves ...
International Patrol D (uncredited)
Hansel (uncredited)
Hartman (uncredited)
Walter Hertner ...
Barman at Sacher's (uncredited)
Charles Irwin ...
Col. O'Sullivan (uncredited)
Lily Kann ...
Nurse (uncredited)
British Military Policeman (uncredited)
Brookes Kyle ...
International Patrol B (uncredited)
Headwaiter (uncredited)
Hannah Norbert ...
Actress at Josefstadt Theater (uncredited)
Waiter at Smolka's (uncredited)
Opening Narrator - UK Version (uncredited) (voice)
Porter's Wife (uncredited)
Frederick Schrecker ...
Hansel's Father (uncredited)
Hugo Schuster ...
Waiter (uncredited)
Actor at Josefstadt Theater (uncredited)
International Patrol C (uncredited)
Visitor at Literature Club (uncredited)
Helga Wahlrow ...
Josefstadt Theatre Actress (uncredited)
Jenny Werner ...
Hilde (uncredited)

Directed by

Carol Reed

Written by

Graham Greene ... (by)
Graham Greene ... (screen play)
Orson Welles ... () (uncredited)
Alexander Korda ... (story) (uncredited)
Carol Reed ... () (uncredited)

Produced by

Alexander Korda ... producer (uncredited)
Hugh Perceval ... associate producer
Carol Reed ... producer
David O. Selznick ... producer (uncredited)

Music by

Anton Karas ... (uncredited)

Cinematography by

Robert Krasker ... (photographed by)

Editing by

Oswald Hafenrichter

Editorial Department

Peter Taylor ... assembly cutter
Noreen Ackland ... cutter (uncredited)
Derek Armstrong ... assistant editor (uncredited)
Ken Behrens ... assistant editor (uncredited)
David Eady ... assistant editor (uncredited)

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 with
Ferdinand Bellan ... assistant art director
John Hawkesworth ... sets designed with
Vincent Korda ... set designer
James Sawyer ... assistant art director
George Durant ... production buyer (uncredited)
Sid Leggett ... chief floor props (uncredited)
Peter Mullins ... scenic artist (uncredited)
Bobby Murrell ... 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)
Dick Longstaff ... sound maintenance (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)
Archie Dansie ... electrician (uncredited)
Len Lee ... stills (uncredited)
Alan McCabe ... clapper loader (uncredited)
Geoff Meldrum ... focus puller (uncredited)
Wilhelm E. Nassau ... still photographer (uncredited)
Ferry Radax ... assistant still photographer (uncredited)
Joe Vincent ... grip (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)

Music Department

Anton Karas ... music played by: zither

Script and Continuity Department

Peggy McClafferty ... continuity
Angela Allen ... script supervisor: second unit (uncredited)

Additional Crew

Alexander Korda ... presenter
Elizabeth Montagu ... advisor: Austria
David O. Selznick ... presenter
Teresa Bolland ... production secretary (uncredited)
Robert Dunbar ... production assistant: second unit (uncredited)
Fred Hymns ... production assistant (uncredited)
Enid Jones ... unit publicist (uncredited)
Ronnie Wass ... film titles (uncredited)
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Plot Summary

An out of work pulp fiction novelist, Holly Martins, arrives in a post war Vienna divided into sectors by the victorious allies, and where a shortage of supplies has led to a flourishing black market. He arrives at the invitation of an ex-school friend, Harry Lime, who has offered him a job, only to discover that Lime has recently died in a peculiar traffic accident. From talking to Lime's friends and associates Martins soon notices that some of the stories are inconsistent, and determines to discover what really happened to Harry Lime. Written by Mark Thompson

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Additional Details

Also Known As
  • Carol Reed's Production The Third Man (United Kingdom)
  • The 3rd Man (United States)
  • Le troisième homme (France)
  • Der dritte Mann (Germany)
  • El tercer home (Spain, Catalan title)
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  • 104 min
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Opening Weekend United Kingdom GBP17,856, 18 Jul 1999

Did You Know?

Trivia The Vienna Police Dept. has a special unit that is assigned solely to patrol the city's intricate sewer system, as its network of interlocking tunnels make great hiding places for criminals on the run from the law, stolen property, drugs, etc. The "actors" playing police officers in the film were actually off-duty members of that unit. See more »
Goofs In the two separate back projection shots of Calloway, Martins and Paine, supposedly traveling in a jeep at night in Vienna, a double-decker London bus can be seen in the background. See more »
Movie Connections Edited into Film Noir (1995). See more »
Soundtracks The Third Man Theme See more »
Crazy Credits Opening credits prologue: V I E N N A See more »
Quotes Harry Lime: Don't be so gloomy. After all, it's not that awful. Like the fella says, in Italy for 30 years under the Borgias they had warfare, terror, murder, and bloodshed, but they produced Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, and the Renaissance. In Switzerland they had brotherly love - they had 500 years of democracy and peace, and what did that produce? The cuckoo clock. So long, Holly.
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