A film noir set in post war Vienna, The Third Man is the story of Holly Martins (Joseph Cotton), an innocent writer of Western pulp novels. Martins is invited to Vienna by his old friend, Harry Lime (Orson Welles). Martins arrives from America to find that Lime has been killed in an accident and the British police suspect Lime of racketeering.
Martins: I was going to stay with him, but he died Thursday.
Crabbin: Goodness, that’s awkward.
Martins: Is that what you say to people after death? “Goodness, that’s awkward”?
At first Martins believes that Lime has been murdered, so with the help of Lime’s girlfriend Anna (Alida Valli), he starts investigating Lime’s death. The police convince Martins that Lime was in fact involved in racketeering, specifically stealing penicillin from military hospitals, diluting it, and selling it on the black market. Martins then…
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