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The Third Man Quotes

The Third Man is a TV program that first aired in 1970 . The Third Man ended in 1970.

It features Carol Reed, and Alexander Korda as producer, Anton Karas in charge of musical score, and Robert Krasker as head of cinematography.

The Third Man is distributed by British Lion Film Corporation, and Selznick Releasing Organization.

The cast includes: Orson Welles as Harry Lime, Joseph Cotten as Martins, Trevor Howard as Calloway, Wilfrid Hyde-White as Crabbin, Robert Brown as British MP, and Siegfried Breuer as Popescue.

The Third Man Quotes

Trevor Howard as Calloway

  • (Trevor Howard) "You were born to be murdered."
  • (Trevor Howard) "Next time we'll have a foolproof coffin."
  • (Trevor Howard) "It had meningitis. They gave it some of Lime's penicillin. Terrible pity isn't it."
  • (Trevor Howard) "Go home Martins, like a sensible chap. You don't know what you're mixing in, get the next plane."
  • (Joseph Cotten) "As soon as I get to the bottom of this, I'll get the next plane."
  • (Trevor Howard) "Death's at the bottom of everything, Martins. Leave death to the professionals."
  • (Joseph Cotten) "Mind if I use that line in my next Western?"

Wilfrid Hyde-White as Crabbin

  • (Wilfrid Hyde-White) "We do a little show each week. Last week we had "Hamlet." The week before we had -- something."
  • (Sgt. Paine) "The striptease, sir."
  • (Wilfrid Hyde-White) "Yes, the Hindu dancers. Thank you, sergeant."

Joseph Cotten as Martins

  • (Joseph Cotten) "I'd make comic faces -- and stand on my head and grin at you between my legs -- and tell all sorts of jokes. I wouldn't stand a chance, would I?"
  • (Joseph Cotten) "Listen, Callahan."
  • (Trevor Howard) "Calloway. I'm English, not Irish."
  • (Joseph Cotten) "Have you ever seen any of your victims?"
  • (Orson Welles) "You know, I never feel comfortable on these sort of things. Victims? Don't be melodramatic. Look down there. Tell me. Would you really feel any pity if one of those dots stopped moving forever? If I offered you twenty thousand pounds for every dot that stopped, would you really, old man, tell me to keep my money, or would you calculate how many dots you could afford to spare? Free of income tax, old man. Free of income tax; the only way you can save money nowadays."
  • (Joseph Cotten) "When he was 14, he taught me the three-card trick. That's growing up fast."
  • (Anna Schmidt) "He never grew up. The world grew up around him, that's all."
  • (Joseph Cotten) "I guess nobody really knew Harry like he did -- like I did."
  • (Trevor Howard) "How long ago ?"
  • (Joseph Cotten) "Back in school. I was never so lonesome in my life until he showed up."
  • (Trevor Howard) "When did you see him last ?"
  • (Joseph Cotten) "September, '39."
  • (Trevor Howard) "When the business started ?"
  • (Joseph Cotten) "Um, hmm."
  • (Trevor Howard) "See much of him before that ?"
  • (Joseph Cotten) "Once in a while. Best friend I ever had."
  • (Trevor Howard) "That sounds like a cheap novelette."
  • (Joseph Cotten) "Well, I write cheap novelettes."
  • (Joseph Cotten) "Oh, Anna, why do we always -- have to quarrel?"
  • (Anna Schmidt) "If you want to sell your services, I'm not willing to be the price. I loved him. You loved him. What good have we done him? Love. Look at yourself.They have a name for faces like that."

Orson Welles as Harry Lime

  • (Orson Welles) "Nobody thinks in terms of human beings. Governments don't. Why should we? They talk about the people and the proletariat, I talk about the suckers and the mugs; it's the same thing. They have their five-year plans, so have I."
  • (Joseph Cotten) "You used to believe in God."
  • (Orson Welles) "Oh, I still do believe in God, old man. I believe in God and Mercy and all that. But the dead are happier dead. They don't miss much here, poor devils."
  • (Orson Welles) "What did you want me to do? Be reasonable. You didn't expect me to give myself up -- 'It's a far, far better thing that I do.' The old limelight. The fall of the curtain. Oh, Holly, you and I aren't heroes. The world doesn't make any heroes outside of your stories."

Robert Brown as British MP

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Siegfried Breuer as Popescue

  • (Siegfried Breuer) "That's a nice girl, that. But she ought to go careful in Vienna. Everybody ought to go careful in a city like this."

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