The Third Man

The Third Man (1949)

Hunted by men ... Sought by WOMEN!

  • Genre: Thriller, Mystery
  • Release Date: 1949-08-31
  • User Rating: 7.9/10 from 1764 ratings
  • Runtime: 1h 44min
  • Language: English
  • Production Company: London Films Productions
  • Production Country: United Kingdom
  • Director: Carol Reed
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In postwar Vienna, Austria, Holly Martins, a writer of pulp Westerns, arrives penniless as a guest of his childhood chum Harry Lime, only to learn he has died. 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 Major Calloway, and falling head-over-heels for Harry's grief-stricken lover, Anna.

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  • Joseph Cotten

    as Holly Martins
  • Alida Valli

    as Anna Schmidt
  • Trevor Howard

    as Major Calloway
  • Orson Welles

    as Harry Lime
  • Paul Hörbiger

    as Karl the Porter
  • Ernst Deutsch

    as 'Baron' Kurtz
  • Erich Ponto

    as Dr. Winkel
  • Siegfried Breuer

    as Popescu
  • Hedwig Bleibtreu

    as Anna's Landlady
  • Bernard Lee

    as Sergeant Paine
  • Wilfrid Hyde-White

    as Crabbin
  • Alexis Chesnakov

    as Col. Brodsky the Russian Liaison Officer (uncredited)
  • Thomas Gallagher

    as Taxi Driver (uncredited)
  • Herbert Halbik

    as Hänsel the Little Boy with Ball (uncredited)
  • Hannah Norbert

    as Actress at Josefstadt Theater (uncredited)
  • Eric Pohlmann

    as Waiter at Smolka's (uncredited)
  • Carol Reed

    as UK Version's Opening Narrator (uncredited)
  • Annie Rosar

    as The Porter's Wife (uncredited)
  • Frederick Schrecker

    as Hansel's Father (uncredited)
  • Hugo Schuster

    as Waiter (uncredited)
  • Karl Stepanek

    as Actor at Josefstadt Theater (uncredited)
  • Theodore Gottlieb

    as Man on Street (uncredited)
  • Jenny Werner

    as Dr. Winkel's Maid Hilde (uncredited)
  • Reed De Rouen

    as American Military Policeman(uncredited)
  • Geoffrey Keen

    as British Military Policeman (uncredited)
  • Robert Brown

    as Britush Military Policeman in Sewer Chase (uncredited)
Production Carol Reed Producer
Writing Graham Greene Screenplay
Editing Oswald Hafenrichter Editor
Directing Carol Reed Director
Sound Anton Karas Original Music Composer
Camera Robert Krasker Director of Photography
Camera John Wilcox Additional Photography
Costume & Make-Up Ivy Baker Wardrobe Supervisor
Production T.S. Lyndon-Haynes Production Manager
Production Hugh Perceval Associate Producer
Sound Jack Drake Sound Editor
Sound Bert Ross Sound Recordist
Art Vincent Korda Set Designer
Sound Red Law Sound Recordist
Costume & Make-Up George Frost Makeup Artist
Crew Noreen Best Editorial Staff
Directing Jack N. Green Third Assistant Director
Directing Peggy McClafferty Continuity
Costume & Make-Up Joe Shear Hairdresser
Art Joseph Bato Assistant Set Designer
Editing Peter Taylor Assistant Editor
Directing Guy Hamilton Assistant Director
Art John Hawkesworth Assistant Set Designer
Camera Denys N. Coop Camera Operator
Sound Anton Karas Musician
Art James Sawyer Assistant Art Director
Art Ferdinand Bellan Assistant Art Director
Crew Elizabeth Montagu Technical Advisor
Camera Stanley Pavey Additional Photography
Camera Edward Scaife Camera Operator
Sound John Cox Sound Supervisor
Production Alexander Korda Executive Producer
Production David O. Selznick Executive Producer