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The Third Man ()


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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
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Anna Schmidt (as Valli)
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Harry Lime
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Maj. Calloway
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Sgt. Paine
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Karl - Harry's Porter (as Paul Hoerbiger)
Ernst Deutsch ...
'Baron' Kurtz
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Popescu
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Dr. Winkel
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Crabbin
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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)
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Military Policeman (uncredited)
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Russian Military Policeman (uncredited)
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Guest at Casanova Bar (uncredited)
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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)
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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)
Charles Irwin ...
Col. O'Sullivan (uncredited)
Lily Kann ...
Nurse (uncredited)
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British Military Policeman (uncredited)
Brookes Kyle ...
International Patrol B (uncredited)
Martin Miller ...
Headwaiter (uncredited)
Hannah Norbert ...
Actress at Josefstadt Theater (uncredited)
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Waiter at Smolka's (uncredited)
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Opening Narrator - UK Version (uncredited) (voice)
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Porter's Wife (uncredited)
Frederick Schrecker ...
Hansel's Father (uncredited)
Hugo Schuster ...
Waiter (uncredited)
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Actor at Josefstadt Theater (uncredited)
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International Patrol C (uncredited)
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Man on Street (uncredited)
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Visitor at Literature Club (uncredited)
Helga Wahlrow ...
Josefstadt Theatre Actress (uncredited)
Jenny Werner ...
Hilde - Winkel's Maid (uncredited)

Directed by

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Carol Reed

Written by

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

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

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Anton Karas ... (uncredited)

Cinematography by

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Robert Krasker ... (photographed by)

Film Editing by

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Oswald Hafenrichter

Editorial Department

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

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Dario Simoni ... (uncredited)

Makeup Department

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George Frost ... makeup artist
Joe Shear ... hairdressing (as J. Shear)
Peter Evans ... assistant makeup artist (uncredited)

Production Management

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T.S. Lyndon-Haynes ... production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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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

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Joseph Bato ... sets designed with
Ferdinand Bellan ... assistant art director
John Hawkesworth ... sets designed with
Vincent Korda ... sets designed by
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

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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)

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W. Percy Day ... matte painter (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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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)
Alan McCabe ... clapper loader (uncredited)
Geoff Meldrum ... focus puller (uncredited)
John von Kotze ... focus puller: second unit (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Ivy Baker ... wardrobe
Gene Hornsby ... assistant wardrobe: women (uncredited)
George Murrey ... wardrobe master (uncredited)
Dickie Richardson ... assistant wardrobe: men (uncredited)

Music Department

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Anton Karas ... music played by: Zither music

Other crew

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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)
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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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 hombre (Spain)
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  • 104 min
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Box Office

Opening Weekend United Kingdom GBP17,856, 18 Jul 1999

Did You Know?

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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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