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The Third Man (1959-1965)



The Third Man

(1959-1965)

25 minutes

Detective / Crime Drama

Directed by Iain MacCormick and David Orrick McDearmon

Cast:

Michael Rennie as Harry Lime
Jonathan Harris as Bradford Webster  
Rupert Davies as Inspector Arthur Shillings
Naomi Chance
Roger Delgado

77 episodes aired on NBC and BBC from October 2, 1959 to August 27, 1965

The series was based on the 1949 film noir "The Third Man" starring Orson Welles. The character was changed from a criminal into a sort of 'thief with a conscience' for the subsequent popular 1951 radio series, "The Lives of Harry Lime" (also starring Orson Welles). The TV series changes the premise that Harry Lime died at the end of the movie, and morphs him from a criminal into a much less ambiguous, more sympathetic, man with a conscience. 
 
The Third Man was an early private detective show. Harry Lime is an international man of mystery - unruffleable, handsome, and witty, who lives on the edge of danger. Bradford Webster is the conservative treasurer of his corporations. 
 
In this 1959 syndicated TV version, Michael Rennie (" The Day The Earth Stood Still ") is commanding as jet-setting, private investigator Harry Lime, who travels Europe falling in and out of trouble. The show co-stars the wonderful Jonathan Harris as Lime's dour, no-nonsense sidekick, Bradford Webster . Harris, you may remember, was the villainous Dr. Smith on Lost In Space . He's cold and analytical here, always a joy to watch.
 
This half-hour drama was filmed on location which makes for some stunning exterior shots of European nations on the rebound from World War II. 
 
This is a rare television series, rarely ever seen after its initial run (1959-1962). The show aired in the United States on NBC, and was a joint production of BBC Television, the National Telefilm Associates of America , and the British Lion Film Corporation. These episodes are rare yet should allow the viewer an insight into The Third Man!  

A Little Knowledge
Dark Island 
House of Bon Bons 
The Man Who Died Twice

Episodes:

Season One

1.      One Kind Word 10/2/1959
2.      The Man Who Died Twice 10/9/1959
3.      Death of an Overlord 10/16/1959
4.      The Best Policy 10/23/1959
5.      The Indispensable Man 10/30/1959
6.      Sparks from a Dead Fire 11/6/1959
7.      Three Dancing Turtles 11/13/1959
8.      Hollywood Incident 11/20/1959
9.      A Question Of Price 11/27/1959
10.     The Importance of Being Harry Lime 12/4/1959
11.     Barcelona Passage 12/18/1959
12.     Listen for the Sound of a Witch 1/1/1960
13.     A Collector's Item 1/8/1960
14.     How to Buy a Country 1/15/1960
15.     Dinner in Paris 1/22/1960
16.     The Third Medallion 1/29/1960
17.     The Angry Young Man 2/5/1960
18.     High Finance 2/12/1960
19.     Castle in Spain 2/19/1960
20.     Toys of the Dead 2/26/1960
21.     The Girl Who Didn't Know 3/4/1960
22.     A Deal in Oils 3/11/1960
23.     A Man Takes a Trip 3/25/1960
24.     A Pocketful of Sin 4/1/1960
25.     The Man Who Wouldn't Talk 4/8/1960
26.     The Tenth Symphony 4/22/1960
27.     Trouble at Drill Hill 5/13/1960
28.     The Man with Two Left Hands 5/27/1960
29.     As the Twig is Bent 6/3/1960
30.     A Box of Eyes 6/10/1960
31.     An Experiment with Money 6/24/1960
32.     Broken Strings 7/1/1960
33.     Five Hours to Kill 7/8/1960
34.     The Widow Who Wasn't 7/15/1960
35.     Death in Small Instalments 8/22/1960
36.     Harry Lime and the King 7/29/1960
37.     Dark Island 8/5/1960
38.     Confessions of an Honest Man 8/12/1960
39.     An Offering of Pearls 8/19/1960


Season Two

40.     A Question of Libel 7/2/1962
41.     Mischka 7/9/1962
42.     The Cross of Candos 7/16/1962
43.     Happy Birthday 8/13/1962
44.     Queen of the Nile 8/20/1962
45.     A Question of Price 11/27/1962
45.     Calculated Risk 3/30/1963
46.     No Word for Danger 4/6/1963
47.     Lord Bradford 4/13/1963
48.     King's Ransom 4/20/1963
49.     Hamburg Shakedown 4/27/1963
50.     The Unexpected Mr. Lime 5/4/1963
51.     Diamond in the Rough 5/11/1963
52.     Portrait of Harry 5/18/1963
53.     Man in Power 5/25/1963
54.     Meeting of the Board 6/8/1963
55.     Hansel and Son 6/15/1963
56.     Act of Atonement 7/13/1963
57.     Ghost Town 7/27/1963
58.     Gold Napoleons 8/3/1963
59.     Bradford's Dream 8/10/1963
60.     The Way of McEagle 8/17/1963
61.     Who Killed Harry Lime? 8/24/1963


Season Three

62.     A Question in Ice 6/27/1964
63.     I.O.U. 7/4/1964
64.     A Crisis in Crocodiles 8/1/1964
65.     Judas Goat 8/8/1964
66.     A Little Knowledge 8/15/1964
67.     The Day of the Bullfighter 8/22/1964
68.     Mars in Conjunction 9/5/1964
69.     The Big Kill 9/12/1964
70.     Frame Up 9/26/1964


Season Four

71.     The Trial of Harry Lime 7/16/1965
72.     Members Only (1) 7/23/1965
73.     Members Only (2) 7/30/1965
74.     The House of Bon-Bons 8/6/1965
75.     The Man at the Top 8/13/1965
76.     Proxy Fight 8/20/1965
77.     The Luck of Harry Lime 8/27/1965




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