Thursday, January 06, 2011

Radio review – Lux – “The Third Man” (1951) ***

Joseph Cotten returns as Holly Martins, Evelyn Keyes steps in to play the girl – but they’ve got non-stars to play the major and Harry Lime, which hurts this otherwise strong radio adaptation of the classic tale. The story is very good, Holly Martins poking around post-war Vienna convinced that his boyhood friend Lime is still alive. I don’t know why some critics rap Martins over the knuckles for betraying Lime – Lime is a scumbag who kills people, and is even tempted to kill Martins; and that girl is an idiot for loving him no matter what.

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