A gripping, beautifully structured picture and a tour de force
from British director Carol Reed. American pulp novelist Holly Martins (Cotten) arrives in bleak postwar Vienna, having been promised a job by old friend Harry Lime (Welles). Holly soon is informed that his dear friend Harry is
dead, killed in an accident and, in fact, his body is about to be lowered into a grave. He attends the funeral, where he meets the beautiful Anna (Valli), Lime's one-time love. Inquiring of British officer Calloway (Howard) about Lime, Holly learns that his friend was a racketeer. Holly vows to
carry out his own investigation into Lime's background and clear him of the cri...