Richard McLeod from RIVERSIDE, CA United States
Orson Welles helped to write many of the scripts of this Radio Show. His reference to characters regardless of age as simply "Old Man" is noted in most episodes. It is a phrase that must have been popular in years past that he liked.
This Radio series makes Harry Lime not quite the evil villain he was in the Movie, "The Third Man". There isn't as much to dislike in his life of International crime, especially as he seems always to loose whatever money he is trying to extort. The listener wonders how he finances himself at these exotic locals.
Still, the character of Harry Lime is there, as only Orson Welles could have developed him. You like him from beginning to end, and in the movie, one may feel the same way.
Still, the Radio Series is intriguing and has many complicated plots that keep the listener glued to the Radio. And of course, the audience gets to hear Anton Karas play his Zither to great effect in each episode.
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The Lives of Harry Lime
February 19, 2013
This is a review of The Lives of Harry Lime, now running to 4 volumes. This program, produced independently in England, is based on the unsavory character in the film The Third Man. Directed by Carol Reed, the film was a huge international hit and is still extremely popular among cineastes. Harry Lime in the film was a notorious vendor of adulterated penicillin, and his penicillin caused havoc among patients in Vienna. The mise en scene was Vienna during the four-power occupation after World War II. In the film, Lime was a scoundrel, and died on the run in the sewers of Vienna. Orson Welles played Lime beautifully, as a grinning swindler. Because of the fascination of the character, radio producers decided to bring him to the air, but somewhat cleaned up. He still remained a scoundrel, but a likable one. His adventures consist chiefly of efforts to swindle his victims, some decent citizens, some not. Not to make him too likable, Lime always ended up failing to take home the boodle. I suppose not pour encourager les autres. This makes these new adventures somewhat formulaic. But Welles is superb as Lime, and listening to him ham it up is a pleasure. It's a great achievement. The casts of the programs are excellent, no sneering villains. Add to this the excellent sound, and you have--almost--a neverending audio experience. I should add that this is sophisticated entertainment, part of that genre called "international intrigue." If you like this kind of thing, snap up the four albums.