In this gloomy film noir set in post WWII Vienna, a writer of pulp Western stories, Holly Martins, seeks to find an old friend named Harry Lime.  But Lime, it seems, has been killed in an auto accident.  However, not all is as it seems. First, Holly Martins finds out Lime is a rotten slimeball dealing in harmful and bogus antibiotics that’ve been killing children.  Then, Holly discovers Lime is still alive, on the loose, and extremely dangerous to anybody in his path. The movie starred Joseph Cotten, Orson Welles, Trevor Howard and Alida Valli. The film soundtrack zither music became very popular world-wide. The most memorable lines in the film were written by Welles himself. In a monologue Lime explains the true history of Europe when he tells Holly: “In Italy, for 30 years under the Borgias, they had warfare, terror, murder, bloodshed, but they produced Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, and the Renaissance…in Switzerland, they had brotherly love. They had 500 years of democracy and peace, and what did they produce?  The cuckoo clock!”third man poster 2  4-1-2013

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