Orson Welles
(Movies & TV)
Carol Reed
(Movies & TV)
Joseph Cotten
(Movies & TV)
Guy Hamilton
(Movies & TV)
Graham Greene
David O. Selznick
(Movies & TV)
Peter Bogdanovich
(Movies & TV)

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The Third Man

Knowledge Identifier: $The_Third_Man


The Third Man

1949 British film noir, directed by Carol Reed and starring Joseph Cotten, Alida Valli, Orson Welles, and Trevor Howard add

Category: Movies & TV (402)

Launched in 1950.

Countries: United States (44%), United Kingdom (32%), (12%)

Main connections: Orson Welles, Carol Reed, Joseph Cotten

Linked to: British Film Institute, British Lion Film Corporation




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Anton Karas wrote and performed the score, which used only the zither; its title music "The Third Man Theme" topped the international music charts in 1950, bringing the then-unknown performer international fame add something


Following its release in the US in 1950 , "The Third Man" Theme" spent eleven weeks at number one on "Billboard"s US Best Sellers in Stores chart, from 29 April 1949 to 8 July 1949 add something


Fifty-two episodes aired in 1951 and 1952, several of which Welles wrote, including "Ticket to Tangiers", which is included on the Criterion Collection and Studio Canal releases of "The Third Man" add something


Joseph Cotten reprised his role as Holly Martins in the one-hour "Theater Guild on the Air" radio adaptation of "The Third Man" on 7 January 1951 add something


"The Third Man" was adapted as a one-hour radio play on two broadcasts of "Lux Radio Theater": on 9 April 1951 with Joseph Cotten reprising his role and on 8 February 1954 with Ray Milland as Martins add something


A television spin-off starring Michael Rennie as Harry Lime ran for five seasons beginning in 1959 add something


However, in a 1967 interview with Peter Bogdanovich, Welles said that his involvement was minimal: "It was Carol's picture" add something


New York, Noonday Press , 1984 add something


The principal authors are generally the writer/s, director/s, or composer/s of original work, and since in the case of "The Third Man" Graham Greene died in 1991, the film is protected until the end of 2061 add something


In a special episode of "Siskel & Ebert" in 1994 discussing movie villains, Ebert named Lime as his favourite movie villain add something


The film placed 57th on the American Film Institute's list of top American films in 1998, though the film's only American connections were its executive co-producer David O. Selznick and its actors Orson Welles and Joseph Cotten add something


In 1999, the British Film Institute selected "The Third Man" as the best British film of the 20th century add something


In 2005, viewers of BBC Television's "Newsnight Review" voted the film their fourth favourite of all time, the only film in the top five made before 1970 add something


William Cook, after his 2006 visit to an eight-room museum in Vienna dedicated to the film, wrote "In Britain it's a thriller about friendship and betrayal add something


In film scholar Jonathan Rosenbaum's 2007 book "Discovering Orson Welles", Rosenbaum calls it a "popular misconception", although Rosenbaum did note that the film "began to echo the Wellesian theme of betrayed male friendship and certain related ideas from "Citizen Kane" add something


Steven Soderbergh - In 2007, Soderbergh and Tony Gilroy contributed an audio commentary to the DVD re-release of The Third Man by the Criterion Collection.


According to the recollection of assistant director Guy Hamilton, interviewed in 2015, Greene and Reed worked very well together, but Orson Welles "generally annoyed everyone on the set" add something


A new restored version of the film was scheduled for release in the UK on 26 June 2015 add something


In 2017 a poll of 150 actors, directors, writers, producers and critics for "Time Out" magazine saw it ranked the second best British film ever add something