The Third Man (1949) Poster



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Edited into 

American Cinema: Film Noir (1995) (TV Episode)
Clips shown
The 20th Century: A Moving Visual History (1999) (TV Mini-Series)
excerpt shown in 'The 1940s: War, Recovery and Rebirth' episode
Hollywood Burn (2006)


The Third Man (1959) (TV Series)


M (1931)
The balloon seller is identical to the one in M
Les Misérables (1935)
The chase through the sewers near the end is borrowed from the sewer chase in this film.
The Oklahoma Kid (1939)
"Oklahoma Kid" is the title of one of Martins's pulp western novels.

Referenced in 

The Happiest Days of Your Life (1950)
A snatch of the theme is heard during the shot of Pond sleeping in the bath
Mr. Peek-a-Boo (1951)
Mentioned by Bourvil and the soundtrack after the bank break-in
Customs Officer Bom (1951)
Two burglars hear zither music and one of them says that a third man is not present.
Mr. Potts Goes to Moscow (1952)
kiosk/zither music gag towards end of the film
We, the Women (1953)
Italian poster shown under the credits for the segment "Alida Valli".
Orson Welles: The Paris Interview (1960) (TV Movie)
Mentioned in dialogue
The Sadist (1963)
Fingers shot during climactic death scene in snake pit.
Carry On Spying (1964)
zither music, very similar to the The Third Man (Harry Lime) theme
Documentário (1966) (Short)
The movie poster can be seen.
Dead Run (1967)
Our Lady of the Turks (1968)
Nostra signora dei turchi features the famous Anton Karas's theme from The Third Man.
Vienna (1968) (Short)
Title music used and Orson Welles talking about "The Third Man".
World on a Wire (1973) (TV Mini-Series)
Scene in the staircase where Stiller bangs on Eva's door. The caretaker appears on the upper floor to tell him that she's not around, while Anton Karas' famous zither melody fills the background.
Alice Goodbody (1974)
Alice mentions the title.
The Thrushes Are Still Singing (1979)
Hristos impersonates Harry Lime.
Alligator (1980)
Graffiti on wall reads "Harry Lime Lives"
Juliet Bravo: The Third Man (1981) (TV Episode)
Title reference.
Lou Grant: Drifters (1981) (TV Episode)
Scott wants to be a movie critic and writes a review of The Third Man
Remington Steele: Your Steele the One for Me (1982) (TV Episode)
Finally, Steele realizes they are using the wrong movie as a guide for the case and settles on this one. He says he was thrown off by the "Oriental angle" of their case.
Clint Eastwood: Director (1982) (TV Short)
mentioned once
Ulin Monogatari - Jemin Y To S (1983)
Zither music is used as a homage.
Remington Steele: Steele Crazy After All These Years (1983) (TV Episode)
Movie referenced in dialogue.
La avispita Ruinasa (1983)
A slot machine plays the Third Man theme.
Top Secret! (1984)
"The Third Man" is listed in the closing credits.
Remington Steele: Maltese Steele (1984) (TV Episode)
Steele recalls the plot of this movie after he and Laura dig up an empty grave.
What Have I Done to Deserve This? (1984)
The tune of The Third Man theme is playing after drinks were ordered in the cafe.
Brazil (1985)
Wetherby (1985)
Uses seeing it as an alibi for a date.
Tenko Reunion (1985) (TV Movie)
Dorothy tells Maggie that she and Jake went to see The Third Man (1949). She later refers to Jake as "Harry bloody Lime."
Remington Steele: Steele on the Air (1986) (TV Episode)
Steele mentions this movie when Laura and he discover that a counterfeit conspiracy involves a third man.
Aliens (1986)
At the Movies: Colorizing: Hollywood's New Vandalism (1986) (TV Episode)
Roger Ebert mentions that the movie is out of copyright and therefore anyone is free to vandalize it.
Bubblegum Crisis (1987) (TV Mini-Series)
The Living Daylights (1987)
John Glen had previously worked in the sound department for 'The third man' (with Guy Hamilton, another Bond alumnus, as assistant director) and includes at least two references to the older film in the Vienna-set parts of 'The living daylights'. Both have a key scene set in the Prater ferris wheel; in the Bond version, Necros (posing as a balloon salesman) approaches Bond with the words "Ballon, mein Herr?" ("balloon, Sir?"). Towards the climax of 'The third man', Major Calloway and Sgt Paine are pestered by an elderly balloon salesman with these very same words; the latter is played by Bernard Lee, the original M in the Bond series.
Golgo 13: Top Secret Episode (1988) (Video Game)
Film is referenced
The Vanishing (1988)
Moonwalker (1988)
Michael is chased through a town at night with cobblestone streets and the sequence is shot at tilted, or dutch, angles like in this thriller.
Going Down in Morocco (1989)
The character Doña Antonia mentions the movie 'Third Man, The (1949)'.
The Kids in the Hall: Episode #1.3 (1989) (TV Episode)
mentioned as a film Joseph Cotten was in
En himla många program: Korvavsnittet (1989) (TV Episode)
One of the programs is called "Gissa den tredje" ("Guess the Third One") and its theme tune is the Harry Lime Theme from The Third Man.
Miller's Crossing (1990)
Funeral scene; long tree-lined road near cemetery; being left on the road by the woman leaving the funeral; decoy corpse to fake someone's death
Home Alone (1990)
character named Harry Lime
JFK (1991)
Enigma about living and dead people, their identities and their disappearances.
Batman Returns (1992)
Opening titles in sewers as penguin floats in babybasket
Unforgiven (1992)
Clint has credited much of the lighting in Unforgiven to this film
Screen One: A Very Polish Practice (1992) (TV Episode)
Tadeusz Melnik is a shady drug dealer in an eastern European country, with a penchant for talking about cuckoo clocks, and who only turns up some way into the proceedings.
Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992)
The character's name of "Harry Lime" is a reference to this film.
I'll Fly Away: The Third Man (1992) (TV Episode)
Title reference.
The Pickle (1993)
The Fugitive (1993)
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Eegah (1993) (TV Episode)
Tom: "Is this 'The Third Man' all of a sudden?"
At the Movies: Crooklyn/Clean Slate/The Crow/Babyfever/Sunday's Children (1994) (TV Episode)
Referenced during the "Clean Slate" review.
Just a Minute: Episode #2.2 (1994) (TV Episode)
Referenced by name
MacGyver: Trail to Doomsday (1994) (TV Movie)
The chases through the sewers
Before Sunrise (1995)
Jesse refers to the film.
Oliver's Travels: Do We Look Like That? (1995) (TV Episode)
Oliver talks about the concept of safety in numbers utilized by Joseph Cotten.
GoldenEye (1995)
A Close Shave (1995) (Short)
Thesis (1996)
Mentioned in dialogue
Character (1997)
Gattaca (1997)
Eastwood on Eastwood (1997) (TV Movie)
Millennium: Jose Chung's 'Doomsday Defense' (1997) (TV Episode)
on movie marquee
Frogs for Snakes (1998)
Myrna does 'the Harry Lime' scene in acting class
Grim Fandango (1998) (Video Game)
"Here kitty, kitty" and the sewers.
E! Mysteries & Scandals: Orson Welles (1999) (TV Episode)
A.J. Benza mentions it.
X-Men (2000)
Battle Royale (2000)
The title of this 1949 Noir-classic is quite visibly displayed on a laptop computer screen in one scene.
Wer war der dritte Mann...? (2000) (TV Movie)
Documentary about the making of the movie
Scary Movie 2 (2001)
the butler looks from the window to his killer who is off screen
The 100 Greatest Films (2001) (TV Movie)
Referenced by name
Resident Evil (2002)
Rachel's Attic (2002)
Christopher says this is his favorite movie
xXx (2002)
The Order (2003)
The shot of Alex's hands reaching up through a grate references a shot like it in this movie.
Malcolm in the Middle: Malcolm Films Reese (2003) (TV Episode)
Dewey performs his "The Great El Foldo" act using "The Harry Lime Theme" as musical accompaniment..
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)
Samwise's shadow preceding him up the stairs when he rescues Frodo
Agent Cody Banks 2: Destination London (2004)
Briefing on a ferris wheel
Mindhunters (2004)
Seen on movie theatre marquee during the film.
The Right Way (2004)
Law & Order: Fluency (2005) (TV Episode)
Jack McCoy quotes lines from that movie in this episode
Film Geek (2005)
Poster is shown in Scotty's apartment.
Midnight Movies: From the Margin to the Mainstream (2005)
It is mentioned in a magazine.
Batman Begins (2005)
Distant and close shots and indoor and outdoor lighting.
The Blossoming of Maximo Oliveros (2005)
Has similar themes of loyalty, corruption, and attraction, and re-enacts the classic ending to close the film.
Five Minutes, Mr. Welles (2005) (Short)
Film is a behind the scenes look at the making of 'the Third Man'. It explains the inspiration for the monologue sequence
Mozart and the Whale (2005)
H-LIME license plate explained to be Harry Lime from this movie
Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories (2005) (Video Game)
a spoof poster of the film appears in the game
All About Anna (2005) (Video)
Similar use of Dutch angles, etc.
NCIS: Probie (2005) (TV Episode)
Gibbs says that there was a third man in the alley, and DiNozzo says, "That was a great movie."
Kiss Me Again (2006)
Julian and Chalice talk about renting the film in a video store.
Guy Hamilton: The Director Speaks (2006) (Video)
Guy Hamilton refers to being assistant director to director Carol Reed.
The Exotic Locations of 'The Living Daylights' (2006) (Video)
Mentioned in relation to the filming location of the Ferris Wheel which was used for both movies.
The Departed (2006)
After Billy's funeral - like Harry Lime's funeral
The Essentials: The Third Man (2006) (TV Episode)
This documentary discusses Third Man, The (1949).
The Good German (2006)
Dramatically-lit labyrinthine sewer system scene
Suburban Girl (2007)
mentioned on "Orson Welles Retrospective" sign
Alligator Author (2007) (Video)
This film is referred to by John Sayles.
What Just Happened (2008)
Director compares his final shot to the ending of the 1949 Carol Reed film.
Culpa (2008) (Video)
contrast in lightening
Me and Orson Welles (2008)
Joseph Cotten appears from the shadows in the exact same manner as Orson Welles in The Third Man
Chuck: Chuck Versus the Broken Heart (2009) (TV Episode)
As a cover, Ahmad uses the name Harry Lime, the name of Orson Welles' character in The Third Man.
Castle: The Third Man (2010) (TV Episode)
Title reference. Also, a mystery involving the identity and actions of a third man involved in a crime.
Casino Jack (2010)
The film's title is written on Jack's blackboard when he is seen teaching a screenwriting class in prison.
Supernatural: The Third Man (2010) (TV Episode)
Title reference.
Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations: Vienna (2011) (TV Episode)
"That's the opening line from the film, 'The Third Man' (1949)."
The Amazing Race: I Cannot Deal with Your Psycho Behavior: Austria (2011) (TV Episode)
Orson Welles' The Third Man film mentioned at start of detour
L.A. Noire (2011) (Video Game)
One of the 50 gold film reels you can find.
Weekend Weekend: Episode #1.9 (2011) (TV Episode)
Ulla Terkelsen mentions the movie
White Heat: The Past Is a Foreign Country (2012) (TV Episode)
Jack mentions the title quotes a line by Harry Lime.
Happiness Will Prevail (2012) (Video)
Chris Clough mentions this as one of his favourite films
Skyfall (2012)
Silva's shadow on the wall in the underground.
Life Itself (2014)
Mentioned in Ebert's review for Oliver!
Closer to the Moon (2014)
One of the films Mr. Moritz alludes to as "before the war".
Sludd (2014) (Short)
Visual references
Better Call Saul: Alpine Shepherd Boy (2015) (TV Episode)
The movie's theme song prominently plays when Jimmy tries to peddle his services to the elderly.
I Thought I Told You to Shut Up!! (2015) (Short)
It's on Matt Groening's list of his 100 favourite things.
Carry on Forever: Episode #1.1 (2015) (TV Episode)
Title mentioned
Carry on Forever: Episode #1.2 (2015) (TV Episode)
Title mentioned
Master When: Public Domain Doctor Who (2015) (TV Episode)
Mentioned as famously directed by Carol Reed.
The Andrew Klavan Show: The Court Jester (2015) (TV Episode)
Andrew Klavan references the cuckoo clock scene.
Look Who's Back (2015)
The theme song is played
NCIS: New Orleans: Darkest Hour (2015) (TV Episode)
Mentioned in dialogue by Sebastian Lund.
Bates Motel: There's No Place Like Home (2016) (TV Episode)
Alex Romero buys a copy to impress Norma who loves old movies
Mike & Mike: Episode dated 6 May 2016 (2016) (TV Episode)
Mike Greenberg reads from RottenTomatoes.com's list of top movies
NCIS: New Orleans: The Third Man (2016) (TV Episode)
Episode title reference.
Gimme Danger (2016)
Mentioned during an interview.
Man Down: The Heist (2016) (TV Episode)
Dan and Mr Klackov dance to the film's theme music.
Cash Trapped: Episode #1.7 (2016) (TV Episode)
Lucy says it's her favourite film of all-time.
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Return: Wizards of the Lost Kingdom II (2017) (TV Episode)
Tom: "Orson Welles is 'The Third Man.'"
9 Fingers (2017)
The opening sequence feels right out of Carol Reed's film
Vision Éternel: Pièce No. Trois (2017) (Short)
Influenced by Carol Reed's direction and by Robert Krasker's film noir cinematography
Itzhak (2017)
Itzhak plays this movie's theme music by plucking his violin's strings with his fingers.
The Last Post: Starfish (2017) (TV Episode)
Mentioned in dialogue
Bounty Hunters: Episode #1.4 (2017) (TV Episode)
When Barnaby is cornered on the London Eye attraction the Harry Lime Theme by Anton Karas is played.
Mute (2018)
The theme is heard when Leo goes to find Luba.
Endeavour: Degüello (2019) (TV Episode)
Thursday says "'I'm more of a Holly Martins man myself ..."
Show Offs: The Hand Biters (2019) (TV Episode)
Referenced as an example of a film noir
History of World Cinema (2021) (Short)
Clips shown

Featured in 

V.I.P.-Schaukel: Episode #2.5 (1972) (TV Episode)
Scenes from the movie are shown here.
In girum imus nocte et consumimur igni (1978)
features footage from this
Ultravox: Vienna (1981) (Video)
The music video is particularly evocative of The Third Man.
Arena: The Orson Welles Story - Part 1 (1982) (TV Episode)
Leslie Megahey mentions it. Also, footage of this movie is shown.
Arena: The Orson Welles Story - Part 2 (1982) (TV Episode)
It is mentioned and discussed. Also, footage of this movie is shown.
Dempsey and Makepeace: Love You to Death (1985) (TV Episode)
Dempsey watches the film on television.
River's Edge (1986)
Matt (Keanu Reeves) is watching a scene from The Third Man on television, in which a man is being convinced that he must betray his old friend.
First Among Equals: Episode #1.8 (1986) (TV Episode)
A clip is seen when Amanda watches the film on tv while taking a bath
Stairs (1986) (TV Movie)
Clip shown.
The Karen Carpenter Story (1989) (TV Movie)
Karen is riding an exercise bike in her hotel suite watching "The Third Man".
At the Movies: Hail, Hail, Black and White (1989) (TV Episode)
Ebert's pick for his favorite black and white moment in cinema
Pieces of Silver (1989) (Short)
clips shown
Zomergasten: Episode #3.1 (1990) (TV Episode)
A fragment of this film is shown in this episode
At the Movies: Villains: So Bad, They're Good (1995) (TV Episode)
Clips are shown.
Tokyo Fist (1995)
American Cinema: Film Noir (1995) (TV Episode)
Clip shown
AFI's 100 Years... 100 Movies: America's Greatest Movies (1998) (TV Special)
The Third Man is #57.
Silent Witness: A Good Body: Part 1 (1999) (TV Episode)
is the film playing on the screen in the episode's opening scene.
Dawson's Creek: Indian Summer (1999) (TV Episode)
It's on Dawson's TV at the beginning when he and Pacey are talking.
Österreich - Unser Jahrhundert: Große Kunst im kleinen Land (1999) (TV Episode)
Example of Austrian movie art
At the Movies: DVD Bells & Whistles (2001) (TV Episode)
A clip is shown.
The 100 Greatest Films (2001) (TV Movie)
Clips are shown
AFI's 100 Years... 100 Heroes & Villains (2003) (TV Special)
Harry Lime is the #37 villain.
Spooks: Smoke and Mirrors (2003) (TV Episode)
Micky Kaharias is watching it on TV
Shadowing the Third Man (2004) (TV Movie)
footage used in documentary
The Ultimate Film (2004) (TV Movie)
number 26
TCM Guest Programmer: Sid Ganis (2006) (TV Episode)
One of the films selected by the co-host
TCM Guest Programmer: Dick Cavett (2006) (TV Episode)
One of the films selected by the co-host
A Sense of Carol Reed (2006) (Video)
Empire: The World's Best Movie Quiz (2006) (Video Game)
Clips used
The 79th Annual Academy Awards (2007) (TV Special)
TCM Guest Programmer: Barry Levinson (2007) (TV Episode)
One of the films selected by the co-host
Vienna: City of Dreams (2007) (TV Movie)
Clips are shown while visiting Vienna's sewer system.
Flow: For Love of Water (2008)
clip from the film
AFI's 10 Top 10: America's 10 Greatest Films in 10 Classic Genres (2008) (TV Special)
The Third Man is the #5 mystery film.
TCM Guest Programmer: Dennis Miller (2009) (TV Episode)
One of the films selected by the co-host
TCM Guest Programmer: Neko Case (2009) (TV Episode)
One of the films selected by the co-host
The Rotten Tomatoes Show: Robin Hood/Letters to Juliet/Just Wright (2010) (TV Episode)
Michael Caine's pick for his #2 favorite film
TCM Guest Programmer: U.S. Critics (2010) (TV Episode)
One of the films selected by the co-host
Ebert Presents: At the Movies: Episode #1.1 (2011) (TV Episode)
clips are shown during Kim Morgan's review of the film
The Story of Film: An Odyssey: Post-War Cinema (2011) (TV Episode)
Clips shown
Lost Forever (2011)
Clips from this film are shown in Lost Forever.
Just Henry (2011) (TV Movie)
Henry and Grace watch this film at the cinema
TCM Guest Programmer: Lee Child (2012) (TV Episode)
One of the films selected by the co-host
Dangerous Edge: A Life of Graham Greene (2013)
Clips and poster shown
What Is Cinema? (2013)
Clips shown
Smashing UK Top 10: Top 10 British Films (2013) (TV Episode)
Smashing UK Top 10: Top 10 Thrillers (2013) (TV Episode)
1,001 Movies You Must See (Before You Die) (2014) (Short)
Clip is presented
WatchMojo: Top 10 Movies of the 1940s (2014) (TV Episode)
The Third Man is #6.
WatchMojo: Top 10 Film Noirs (2014) (TV Episode)
The Third Man is #6.
TCM Guest Programmer: Jeff Garlin (2014) (TV Episode)
One of the films selected by the co-host
WatchMojo: Top 10 Face Reveal Scenes in Movies (2015) (TV Episode)
Lime's Alive gets an honorable mention.
Orson Welles: Shadows and Light (2015) (TV Movie)
It is mentioned and discussed. Also, footage of this movie is shown.
Travel Man: 48 Hours in...: Vienna (2016) (TV Episode)
Richard and Chris take Vienna's official The Third Man Film Location Tour. Scenes from the movie play on the walls of the sewers where part of the film was shot.
WatchMojo: Top 10 Cannes Palmes d'Or Winners (2016) (TV Episode)
The Third Man is #7.
WatchMojo: Top 10 Movie Villain Monologues (2017) (TV Episode)
Harry Lime's monologue gets an honorable mention.
The Last Post: Episode #1.3 (2017) (TV Episode)
This movie is shown at the BP Club's Christmas celebrations.
WatchMojoUK: Top 10 British Films That Changed Cinema Forever (2018) (TV Episode)
The Third Man is #1.
The Eyes of Orson Welles (2018)
Clips shown.
WatchMojoUK: Top 10 Most Iconic Scenes in British Cinema (2018) (TV Episode)
Harry Lime's Entrance gets an honorable mention.
They'll Love Me When I'm Dead (2018)
Clips shown.
WatchMojoUK: Top 10 British Movies We Want to See Remade (2018) (TV Episode)
The Third Man is #1.

Spoofed in 

Mr. Potts Goes to Moscow (1952)
Main character is chased through dark rubbled streets and comes upon a familar kiosk which upon opening, zither music eminates from within.
Police Academy 6: City Under Siege (1989)
Criminals use the underground sewer system as hiding place.
En himla många program: Korvavsnittet (1989) (TV Episode)
The Host of "Gissa den tredje" ("Guess the Third One") is called Harry Dajm, which is a spoof of Harry Lime.
Pinky and the Brain: The Third Mouse/The Visit (1996) (TV Episode)
The first half of this episode, "The Third Mouse", is a direct spoof. The look, plot, and various scenes are all spoofed.
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Business as Usual (1997) (TV Episode)
The speech "if one of those twinkling little lights suddenly went out" paraphrases "if one of those dots stopped moving forever."
Monk: Mr. Monk and the Candidate: Part 1 (2002) (TV Episode)
The sewage chasing scene at the end
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (2015)
One of Earl and Greg's movies ("The Turd Man")

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