Directed by Carol Reed
Not Rated | 93 min | 1949 | UK
Movie starts at Dusk
Acclaimed novelist Graham Greene collaborated with director Carol Reed and actor Orson Welles on this suspenseful, post-World War II mystery-thriller (Greene is credited with writing the adaptation of his novel, though Reed and Welles both provided uncredited re-writes and contributions). The film follows a pulp writer (hmmm…) who tries to investigate the mysterious death of an old friend.
The Third Man also re-united Citizen Kane co-stars Joseph Cotton, who plays the seemingly clueless novelist Holly Martins, and Welles, who plays the enigmatic title character, opportunistic black marketer Harry Lime. A subtle but effective score (courtesy of Anton Karas) just makes the tension build.