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Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with today’s Behind the Scenes Pic!

If you have some ignorant scumbag in your family that thinks black and white movies are ugly, show him/her/it the sewer chase sequence from The Third Man and if that doesn’t change their minds then it’s probably best to put this person down. I’m not a cruel man. I just think it’s crueler to continue living life not seeing true beauty than to have a sleepy poison injected into your veins, I guess.

In all seriousness, The Third Man is one of the hands down great crime movies. As much as I love and respect Citizen Kane, this one is Orson Welles at his most iconic for me. He’s a charmingly evil son of a bitch in this movie, the kind of corrupt that rings absolutely true to real life. And Joseph Cotton is note-perfect as the everyman lead, too.

From the setting (post war Vienna, where the rule of law hasn’t quite gotten its grip back yet) to the casting to the photography, this is just a flat-out stunning movie. I cherish my Criterion Blu-Ray so much that when I found out it was being discontinued I ordered a second copy just in case something happened to the one I already had.

Today’s photo is a lovely shot of the iconic sewer scene with Welles and (I think) director Carol Reed in silhouette. It’s hard to make out the second guy, but I’m pretty sure that’s Reed. Welles, is, of course, unmistakable.

Thanks again to Pat Barnett. Click to enlargen!



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Tomorrow’s pic controls the spice.

-Eric Vespe
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Click here to visit the complete compilation of previous Behind the Scenes images, Page One
(warning: there are some broken links that will be fixed as soon as I can get around to it)

Click here to visit the complete compilation of previous Behind the Scenes images, Page Two

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  • July 7, 2012, 1:39 a.m. CST

    Harry Lime at your service.

    by Mostholy

    Your dream girl, eh? Has anybody seen Lowry? Has anybody seen SAM LOWRY?

  • July 7, 2012, 1:41 a.m. CST

    My favorite film ever

    by chubasqueiro

    Probably both guys in the picture directed it...

  • July 7, 2012, 1:51 a.m. CST

    i have the theme music in constant rotation in my I-Pod

    by nolan bautista

    just hearing it puts me in a good mood

  • July 7, 2012, 1:55 a.m. CST

    welles did not direct this at all

    by saint seiya

    Watch the criterion docs.

  • July 7, 2012, 2:04 a.m. CST

    "says". Jeez I can be some dumbass.

    by ThehandthatBites

  • July 7, 2012, 2:32 a.m. CST


    by saint seiya

    read chubasqueiro's comment.

  • July 7, 2012, 4:03 a.m. CST

    Handtahtbites - Do not be too hard

    by The StarWolf

    You're not being paid to write tings here. When I think of the depressing number of typos, spelling and grammatical errors one typically runs into in the average newspaper these days, that is a disgrace.

  • July 7, 2012, 5 a.m. CST


    by bohdi71

  • July 7, 2012, 5:16 a.m. CST


    by King_Knut

    Have seen it three times now, once at Secret Cinema, but still can't get excited by this film. Too talky, jarring music, Joseph Cotten is boring to watch, and we don't even see Welles for the first hour or so. Of course, this is just my opinion, but I've never understood the love for this film.

  • July 7, 2012, 6:12 a.m. CST

    I love this movie and I love Joseph Cotton and Orson Welles

    by Brank Hud

    But you know what I really love? This:

  • July 7, 2012, 7:15 a.m. CST

    Well Quint, we are all entitled to our opinions

    by ATARI

    I much preferred Citizen Kane. It's one of those movies I can watch every year and not get tired of it. The Third Man, while good, just doesn't bear repeat viewing, IMHO.

  • July 7, 2012, 8:11 a.m. CST

    That's Richard Nixon on the left!

    by Scorchy

    Clear as day.

  • July 7, 2012, 8:12 a.m. CST

    Best looking b/w movie is 'The Man Who Wasn't There'

    by Rtobert

    Followed by Schindlers List

  • July 7, 2012, 8:58 a.m. CST

    Quint, WHERE is your REVIEW of the KATY PERRY MOVIE

    by where_are_quints_hobbit_set_reports

    no wait, we already too many of those. Hobbit Set Reports! That's the ticket. Where are your Hobbit Set Reports? I am reaching for them... my fingers are wriggling through the grating...

  • July 7, 2012, 9:20 a.m. CST

    When you first see Welles' face, it's still a kick.

    by Colin Dent

    The half-smile that nearly becomes a grin, but stops short. the zither kicks in and harry's face says it all without dialogue: "Yep it's me kiddo, and I'm still an asshole." Love it. I've had the theme as my ringtone for the last ten years, my phone doesn't feel like mine without it.

  • July 7, 2012, 10:21 a.m. CST

    I guess I'll have to watch this one again, because I was bored.

    by sweeneydave

    I'll give it another chance.

  • July 7, 2012, 11:46 a.m. CST

    I love, love, love The Third Man

    by dukeroberts

    The starkly contrasted black and white cinematography, Welles, Cotten, Trevor Howard, Alida Valli, that creepy little Austrian kid with the ball, the zither score, the sewer chase, the parrot bite, the now too obvious gay couple and their little dog, and that great closing scene. It is a thing of cinematic beauty and near perfection. And no one ever seems to spell Joseph Cotten's name correctly. Poor Joe.

  • July 7, 2012, 12:32 p.m. CST

    My favorite movie...

    by KonkBob

    If ever in Vienna sign up for the walking tour of the movie sites.

  • July 7, 2012, 1:15 p.m. CST

    Great film

    by phifty2

    and I find it funny that for a character as despicable as Lime they produced a radio show detailing his early "adventures".

  • July 7, 2012, 3 p.m. CST

    Citizen Kane is over rated.


  • July 7, 2012, 3:45 p.m. CST

    I love this film.

    by Gabe Athouse

    And if that sounded too positive for a talkback, I'd also like to say that anyone who doesn't love this film is instantly discounted as human being.

  • July 7, 2012, 6:41 p.m. CST

    Oops, I'm guilty of misspelling Joseph Cotten.

    by Brank Hud

    Sorry Joseph Cotten.

  • It the Old Time Radio station on satellite radio and Orson Welles introduces and stars in each episode, as Harry Lime. Yeah, he reminds everyone that he was killed in THE THIRD MAN, but then adds that there were a lot of adventures that came before. Pretty good show.

  • July 7, 2012, 10:29 p.m. CST


    by phifty2

    Did he eat them with a fork? Are you afraid of a sock sliding across the floor FOR NO REASON OTHER THAN IT WANTS TO? Do you want to go back in time and kill the inventor of the potato chip because of all the shit that's gone done since?(Let's not even get into to the ripple variety) Are you willing to kill just because you're bored? Are you willing to see how far you can throw a duck? Does pudding make you uneasy? Are you vaguely aware that something big might happen on Tuesday but also aware that it might not and even if it does you should just chill?

  • July 7, 2012, 10:30 p.m. CST

    Oh Slingblade.

    by phifty2

    Disregard my previous post or better yet.......................................................................................................there.

  • July 8, 2012, 12:24 a.m. CST

    A bore is bored. How boring.

    by Ricky Retardo

  • July 8, 2012, 12:26 a.m. CST

    And now for something completely different...

    by Ricky Retardo

  • July 8, 2012, 4:45 a.m. CST

    Excellent film.

    by The_Skook

    One of the best examples of 'show don't tell' in film. Modern movie-makers , who seem obsessed with exposition, could learn a lot from this film.