Not Rated | | 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.
Whilst the film boasts no less than two future M's 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 films of the Roger Moore era. The production staff also contains two future Bond directors, John Glen and Guy Hamilton.
I'm sorry, Miss, it's orders. We can't go against the protocol.
Anna Schmidt: I don't even know what protocol means.
British MP: Neither do I, Miss.
The dog and the book briefly change between Kurtz' two hands when he is being shown where Lime was hit by a truck.
Opening credits prologue: V I E N N A
The UK version features introductory voice-over by the director Carol Reed; in the US version Joseph Cotten provides the voice-over, as his character Holly Martins. The UK version runs 104 minutes, versus the US version at 93 minutes, which was cut by producer David O. Selznick to give the film a tighter pace. Both versions have been released on video in the U.S., but as of today the most common is the longer British cut. A video comparison between the narrations appears on the U.S. Criterion Collection DVD.
English, German, Russian
$13,576 (USA) (9 May 1999)
$449,191 (USA) (22 November 2015)