Third Man
"The Lives of Harry Lime,"
"That was the shot that killed Harry Lime. He died in a sewer
beneath Vienna, as those of you know who saw the movie The
Third Man. Yes, that was the end of Harry Lime. But it was
not the beginning. Harry Lime had many lives. And I can
recount all of them. How do I know? Very simple. Because
my name is Harry Lime.
"
This BBC produced series was a radio spinoff of the movie of the same name. The stories concerned the
adventures of the anti-heroic Harry Lime from before the events that led to his getting gunned down in
the sewers of Vienna. His travels took him to all parts of the globe (though he concentrated his activities
in Europe), where he would encounter and be at odds with persons whose moral character was even more
questionable than his own, and he didn't necessarily always come out on top. The show was broadcast in
Britain in 1951 and was syndicated in the States in 1952 and featured
Orson Welles reprising his role as
Harry Lime. With the classic zither score and mucic by Anton Karas.
Third Man Theme By Anton Karas
Carol Reed reached the peak of his form with this classic noir, an elegy for American innocence and
European elegance. Joseph Cotten, in fine form, stars as unemployed pulp novelist Holly Martins.
When he arrives in post-WWII Vienna on the promise of a job from his old friend Harry Lime
(
Orson Welles), he finds that Lime has recently died in a dubious car accident. Against the advice of
British sector authority Major Calloway (Trevor Howard), who accuses Lime of criminal behavior,
the indignant Martins decides to stay to investigate his friend's death. He searches this city of
rubble-strewn streets and bombed-out buildings, earnestly questioning Lime's associates, a cynical,
war-weary collection of black-market hustlers. At length, he realizes that the stories he's hearing are
so full of contradiction, he's getting nowhere. Yet, he's entranced by Lime's beautiful girlfriend, Anna
Schmidt (Alida Valli), who, unlike the others, seems to have loved Harry. Calloway finally provides
evidence of Harry's treachery, and Martins, despondent, is about to return home when everything
changes in a shadowed moment. The Third Man is a masterpiece of melancholia featuring
extraordinary writing, acting, and  directing, as well as a classic zither score by Anton Karas. Welles
is memorable as the seductive villain, but the true star may be the camera work of Robert Krasker,
which transforms Vienna into a coruscating, expressionist nightmare.
Anton Karas And Carol Reed
1949 In London.
List Of Shows
51/08/03 Too Many Crooks
51/08/10 See Naples and Live
51/0817 Clay Pigeon
51/08/24 Ticket to Tangier
51/08/31 Voodoo
51-09-07 Bohemian Star
51-09-14 Love Affair
51-09-21 Rogue's Holiday
51-09-28 Work of Art
51-10-05 Operation Music Box
51-10-12 Golden Fleece
51-10-19 Blue Bride
51-10-26 Every Frame Has a Silver Lining
51-11-02 Mexican Hat Trick
51-11-09 Art Is Long and Time Is Fleeting
51-11-16 In Pursuit of a Ghost
51-11-23 Horse Play
51-11-30 3-Farthings for Your Thoughts
51-12-07 The Third Woman
51-12-14 An Old Moorish Custom
51-12-21 It's a Knockout
51-12-28 Two Is Company
52-01-04 Cherchez La Gem
52-01-11 Hand of Glory
52-01-18 The Double Double Cross
52-01-25 5,000 Pengoes and a Kiss
52-02-01 Dark Enchantress
52-02-08 Earl on Troubled Waters
52-02-15 Dead Candidate
52-02-22 It's in the Bag
52-02-29 Hyacinth Patrol
52-03-07 Turnabout Is Foul Play
52-03-14 Violets Sweet Violets
52-03-21 Faith Lime and Charity
52-03-28 Pleasure before Business
52-04-04 Fool's Gold
52-04-11 Man of Mystery
52-04-18 The Painted Smile
52-04-25 Harry Joins the Circus
52-05-02 Suzie's Cue
52-05-09 Vive le Chance
52-05-16 Elusive Vermeer
52-05-23 Murder on the Riviera
52-05-30 Pearls of Bohemia
52-06-06 A Night in a Harem
52-06-13 Blackmail Is a Nasty Word
52-06-20 The Professor Regrets
52-06-27 The Hard Way
52-07-04 Paris Is Not the Same
52-07-11 Honeymoon
52-07-18 Blue Caribou
52-07-25 Greek Meets Greek
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