Lives of Harry Lime (The Third Man) Old Time Radio
The Lives of Harry Lime
½ hour mystery adventure show
The Adventures of Harry Lime (broadcast in the United
States as The Lives of Harry Lime) was an old-time radio program
produced in London, England during the 1951 to 1952 season.
Orson Welles reprised his role of Harry Lime from the celebrated
1949 film adaptation of Graham Greene's novel The Third Man. The
radio series is a "prequel" to the film, and depicts the
many misadventures of con-artist Lime in a somewhat lighter tone
than the character's villainy in the film.
Most episodes would begin with "The Third Man Theme" being
played, abruptly cut off by an echoing gunshot. Then 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."
While modern audiences may not be that familiar with the movie The
Third Man (we highly recommend you see it) as people were in 1951,
this is a good adventure series, and anytime you have the opportunity
to hear Orson Welles on radio, you have to give it a try.
All of our Old Time Radio Programs are in MP3 format. You
can play them on your computer, you can transfer them to MP3
players (like the IPod), but, by and large, you cannot play
them on stereos, walkmen, or car radios.
The sound quality of Old Time Radio Programs can vary greatly.
Some episodes are excellent, others you have to turn up the
volume a little and ignore the static. All of the episodes can
be listened to and enjoyed. You can listen to our free samples
to get a feel for how the programs sound.
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the internet. The most popular is probably winzip (www.winzip.com),
however, we use Zip Wizard by Coffeecup Software because its
pretty good, easy to use, and free. (http://www.coffeecup.com/zip-wizard/)
The files are large - it will take you a few minutes to
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CD worth of episodes takes about 14 large files. if you are
on a dial-up connection, we highly recommend you buy a CD.
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