On Ron’s Amazing Stories we debut a brand new OTR series from the Towers Of London called: The Lives of Harry Lime. You might recognize the name from the classic Orson Welles movie, The Third Man. Also on the show, we have a Sherlock Holmes short story and a mysterious moment in time.
Our OTR Story – Too Many Crooks
Our OTR story today is as a suggestion from listener David Larsen. He writes:
Hey Ron, I remember another radio serial, based on the movie, The Third Man. It is called The Lives of Harry Lime. It is a crime show from the point of view of the criminal and is played by Orson Welles as Harry. It is an episodic serial that doesn’t have an overarching storyline. It was one of the first OTR shows that I ever listened to and is one of my favorites. If you ever want to watch the original movie it can be found on Amazon Prime. As a side note, the movie and the character are much darker than the radio version – David.
It turns out that Orson Welles does reprise his role of Harry Lime from the celebrated 1949 film. However, in the film, Lime dies and thus the third man. Well, how to continue the series? The radio series is a “prequel” to the film and depicts the many misadventures of the con-artist. I picked the very first program on the list to play and I have to say I love the writing on this one. It is titled, Too Many Crooks and first aired on August 3, 1951.
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Harry Lime is a great character but I love the Third Man Theme played on the Zither, a big hit at the time covered by lots of musicians including, I believe, the Tijuana Brass!