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The Third Man: The Lives of Harry Lime
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The Third Man: The Lives of Harry Lime

The Lives of Harry Lime was a superb, popular crime-detective series produced and debuted in London, England in 1951. Orson Welles remade the role of Harry Lime from the celebrated 1949 film adaptation of Graham Greene's novel The Third Man. Wells played Harry Lime in both film and radio versions. The radio series was produced by Harry Alan Towers in the UK and later syndicated in the US. It successfully achieved both critical and popular acclaim across both sides of the Atlantic Ocean.

Each episode would open with the famous "zither theme" being played, followed by an piercing gunshot. Then Orson Welles would speak, "That was the shot that killed Harry Lime. He died in a sewer beneath Vienna, as those of you know who saw the movie The Third Man. Yes, that was the end of Harry Lime . . . but it was not the beginning. Harry Lime had many lives . . . and I can recount all of them. How do I know? Very simple. Because my name is Harry Lime."

Portrayed as an underworld anti-hero, Harry Lime is a globe-trotting troubleshooter and a go-between guy who will tackle almost any cases for money. In the radio series, Lime is not as dark and villainous as in the movie version. Lime has his moments where he is sympathetic and admirable. Still, as a man for hire, he remains a roguish character who double deals in his favorite city of post-World War II Vienna.

There are 52 shows in our collection! Date Aired
It's a Knockout December 21, 1951
Bohemian Star September 7, 1951
Love Affair September 14, 1951
Rogue's Holiday September 21, 1951
Work of Art September 28, 1951
Operation Music Box October 5, 1951
Golden Fleece October 12, 1951
Blue Bride October 19, 1951
Three Farthings for Your Thoughts November 30, 1951
In Pursuit of a Ghost November 16, 1951
Every Frame Has a Silver Lining October 26, 1951
Voo Doo August 31, 1951
Ticket to Tangiers August 24, 1951
Art is Long and Lime Fleeting November 9, 1951
Two is Company December 28, 1951
Third Woman December 7, 1951
Horse Play November 23, 1951
Old Moorish Custom December 14, 1951
Mexican Hat Trick November 2, 1951
Too Many Crooks August 3, 1951
See Naples and Live August 10, 1951
Clay Pidgeon August 17, 1951
Greek Meets Greek July 25, 1952
Pearls of Bohemia May 30, 1952
Elusive Vermeer May 16, 1952

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