Prepare Thyself for a Good Dithering: The Scoop on Carol Reed’s The Third Man

Set in military occupied Vienna shortly after WWII, 1949’s The Third Man stars Joseph Cotten as Holly Martins, a writer of pulp Westerns, who travels to the Austrian capital to visit his friend Harry Lime, played by Orson Welles, about an offer of a job. Once there, Martins learns of Lime’s recent death by speeding truck. Against the advice of British Army Police, Martins decides to stay in Vienna and begins to investigate the circumstances behind Lime’s vehicular demise. Unsurprisingly, intrigue follows.

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Prepare Thyself for a Good Dithering: The Scoop on Carol Reed’s The Third Man