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Third Man on the Mountain (1959)

A boy attempts to realize his father's dream of climbing an alpine peak known as the Citadel.

Director:

Ken Annakin

Writers:

Eleanore Griffin (screenplay by), James Ramsey Ullman (book)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Michael Rennie ... Captain John Winter
James MacArthur ... Rudi Matt
Janet Munro ... Lizbeth Hempel
James Donald ... Franz Lerner
Herbert Lom ... Emil Saxo
Laurence Naismith ... Teo Zurbriggen
Lee Patterson ... Klaus Wesselhoft
Walter Fitzgerald ... Herr Hempel
Nora Swinburne ... Frau Matt
Ferdy Mayne ... Andreas
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Storyline

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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Official Sites:

Disney's Official Site

Country:

USA | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 November 1959 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Banner in the Sky See more »

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Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Walt Disney Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Four years later, James MacArthur would make another film set in a mountainous range. Spencer's Mountain (1963) was set in Wyoming and would actually form the basis of the long-running TV series _The Waltons_. See more »

Goofs

The amount of blood on Captain Winter's bandage keeps changing from scene to scene at the end of the movie. See more »

Quotes

Emil Saxo: It's the end of it, for him. But it needn't be for us.
Franz Lerner: What do you mean?
Emil Saxo: Tomorrow the weather will be good, after that, who knows? If we leave at first dawn, we'll be there by eight. The boy will stay with him, he won't be left alone. And it's what he would want us to do.
Franz Lerner: It isn't a question of what he would want. A guide - at any rate, a guide of Kurtal - does not leave his client on a mountain and go on alone.
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Soundtracks

Climb the Mountain
Written by Franklyn Marks and 'By' Dunham
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Peeks at peaks and piques
12 May 2012 | by SpondonmanSee all my reviews

Wonderful stuff! I saw this at a school screening in 1970, noticed over the years afterwards it was seldom shown on UK TV, however never forgot it even though I was never interested in becoming a mountaineer or a sherpa when old enough. It's a simple wholesome family Disney live action adventure, today's cynical polluted generations could probably spend days poring over its stereotypes and corn and missing the point: to enjoy a harmless 107 minutes with a feelgood movie.

Young lad Rudi (James MacArthur) dreams of climbing the Matterhorn but is forced to be a hotel dishwasher instead, therefore something's got to give: you can't bottle the wind after all. He gets his chance when kindly top mountaineer Michael Rennie takes him under his wing much to his cautious uncle James Donald's disgust and later greasy guide Herbert Lom's disdain. Some splendid shots of bodies climbing impossible rocks, lovely sunny Swiss scenery and much angst between the characters leads to an admittedly rather flat conclusion, but all was well anyway. Rudi's doe eyed ever smiling girlfriend Lisbeth (Janet Munro) was perfect in her supportive role; it's always sad to recall how real life turned out so crap for her. Favourite bits: her charming meeting under her umbrella with Rudi and his boots in the rain; Rudi squeezing up the "chimney" – I nearly felt the panic. And as a sign of his parts to come I almost wished Lom had ended up stuttering and twitching!

All in all, totally inconsequential entertainment, lovely to revel in and regret that not even Planet Disney can be as wholly heartwarming any more.


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