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The Third Man

Set in postwar Vienna, Austria, "The Third Man" stars Joseph Cotten as Holly Martins, a writer of pulp Westerns, who arrives penniless as a guest of his childhood chum Harry Lime (Orson Welles), only to find him dead. Martins develops a conspiracy theory after learning of a "third man" present at the time of Harry's death, running into interference from British officer Maj. Calloway (Trevor Howard) and falling head-over-heels for Harry's grief-stricken lover, Anna (Alida Valli).

Release Date

September 1, 1949 (UK)
February 2, 1950 US

Running Time

108 minutes

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Joseph Cotten

Joseph Cotten

Alida Valli

Alida Valli

Orson Welles

Orson Welles

Trevor Howard

Trevor Howard


Director Carol Reed

Screenplay Graham Greene

Producer Carol Reed, Alexander Korda, David O. Selznick

Cinematography Robert Krasker

Editing Oswald Hafenrichter

Music Anton Karas

Distributor British Lion Film Corporation (UK), Selznick Releasing Organization (US)

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