Thursday, October 31, 2013

Old Time Radio: The Lives of Harry Lime (1951)

The Lives of Harry Lime, otherwise known as The Adventures of Harry Lime in the UK, was not a follow-up to the 1949 film, "The Third Man", in the traditional sense. Instead, it was actually a prequel to the film, enabling radio listeners to be better acquainted with Lime, portrayed as a con man in the movie, but had his character softened a bit as more of an anti-hero in the radio series. In both cases, the part was essayed by Orson Welles in what I believe was his last radio series.

As we've documented, "Third Man" spawned a TV series by the same name, with Michael Rennie as Lime, but now let's take a look at the radio show. Keeping with the theme du jour, here is the episode, "Voodoo":

Bear in mind that this was before Welles became a wine salesman and a regular at Dean Martin's Celebrity Roast specials.

Rating: A.

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