Approved | | Film-Noir, Mystery, Thriller
Pulp novelist Holly Martins travels to shadowy, postwar Vienna, only to find himself investigating the mysterious death of an old friend, Harry Lime.
While the film boasts no less than two future Ms in the James Bond films (Bernard Lee and Robert Brown), it also includes the brief appearance of Geoffrey Keen as a British Military Policeman. He was later to play the Minister For Defence in the ... ...
I guess nobody really knew Harry like he did... like I did.
Calloway: How long ago ?
Martins: Back in school. I was never so lonesome in my life until he showed up.
Calloway: When did you see him last ?
Martins: September, '39.
Calloway: When the business started ?
Martins: Um, hmm.
Calloway: See much of him before...
As Martins arrives at the funeral, he asks Maj. Calloway who the funeral is for. A black tombstone is seen behind Martins. When he walks towards the grave and stands by Anna, the same tombstone is seen behind her. This occurred because both of those scenes were not filmed on location in Vienna, but later at Shepperton Studios, which only had very few fake tombstones available.
Opening credits prologue: V I E N N A
English, German, Russian
$13,576 (USA) (7 May 1999)
$449,191 (USA) (20 November 2015)
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