The Adventures of Harry Lime (1951-1952) was a weekly syndicated OTR drama starring
Orson Welles as both Harry Lime and the narrator. Episodes depict Lime's many misadventures and
provide a prequel to Welles' role as con-artist Harry Lime in the 1949 British noir film
The Third Man.
The first two and the last episodes of The Adventures of Harry Lime series.
Too Many Crooks
Episode 01, 3 August 1951
In Budapest, Harry gets mixed up with a bank robbery attempt where each member of the gang tries
to out-doublecross the other.
See Naples and Live
Episode 02, 10 August 1951
In Naples, Harry plans to heist a beautiful emerald locket from a Neapolitan socialite. But, he
is harried by a disgruntled former associate.
Greek Meets Greek
Episode 52, 25 July 1952
In Greece, Harry contends with the measles, a dead body, and a mysterious woman with a gun
claiming someone is trying to kill her. Her story, however, does not make sense.
Total Episodes: 52
Surviving Episodes: 52
Too Many Crooks
Episode 01, 3 August 1951
In Budapest, Harry gets mixed up with a bank robbery attempt where each member of
the gang tries to out-doublecross the other.
See Naples and Live
Episode 02; 10 August 1951
In Naples, Harry plans to heist a beautiful emerald locket from a Neapolitan
socialite. But, he is harried by a disgruntled former associate.
Episode 03; 17 August 1951
Governor James Hadley offers Harry $15,000 to recover the negatives of some highly
scandalous photographs and free him from a blackmail plot.
A Ticket to Tangier
Episode 04; 24 August 1951
In Paris, down on his luck, Harry reads a classified ad in a newspaper directing him
to go to Tangier for an unspecified purpose.
Episode 05; 31 August 1951
In Haiti, Harry sells a local religious artifact to an American industrialist, not
fully realizing the consequences of his action.
The Bohemian Star
Episode 06; 7 September 1951
In London, Harry's interest in the crown jewels of Bockanovia gets him mixed up with
a pair of jewel thieves who aren't in a sharing mood.
Episode 07; 14 September 1951
In Saudi Arabia, Harry is set to make a deal with the government. A rival government
wants him to do the same for them instead. Harry finds a murder and a double-cross
Episode 08; 21 September 1951
Crossing the Atlantic on the Princess Ann, Harry plans to scam Lady
Barbara Follet out of a string of pearls. But, what about her mysterious companion?
Work of Art
Episode 09; 28 September 1951
In Buenos Aires, Harry is hired to swindle an original Rubens from its owner, a
German expatriate of dodgy political associations.
Operation Music Box
Episode 10; 5 October 1951
In London, Harry meets a woman buying music boxes and smashing them.
Episode 11; 12 October 1951
Harry uses forged papers to get a position as ship's captain on a yacht and learns
it is smuggling a very interesting cargo. A story that begins with a bullfight in
Spain and ends with a naval engagement in the China Sea!
Episode 12; 19 October 1951
In Bordeaux, Harry's involved in a scheme to counterfeit 5,000 franc notes.
Every Frame Has a Silver Lining
Episode 13; 26 October 1951
In Tehran, Harry is given a package with $50,000 worth of opium by an old friend.
Now he's looking for some suckers he can uses to smuggle the drug into the United
Mexican Hat Trick
Episode 14; 2 November 1951
In Mexico City, Harry learns about some affidavits which would prove the innocence
of a man who was framed for murder. He attempts to locate them so he can extort some
cash from the man's family.
Art Is Long and Lime Is Fleeting
Episode 15; 9 November 1951
In Paris, Harry buys a cheap painting and tries to pass it off as a Renoir to a pair
of rich Brazilian women. A former partner, who has been nursing a grudge, arrives to
cause him grief.
In Pursuit of a Ghost
Episode 16; 16 November 1951
In the Fall of 1945, Harry gets involved with a Central American revolutionaries he
think he is an associate of the man who used to manage their finances, and stole
most of the funds!
Episode 17; 23 November 1951
In Paris, Harry uses a "lost wallet" con, pretending to be part of syndicate that
fixes horse races. The "fix is in" and a wealthy American sucker is lined up!
Three Farthings for Your Thoughts
Episode 18; 30 November 1951
In Liverpool, Harry's curiosity is piqued when a woman robs everyone in a pub at
gunpoint but only takes their farthings. The story of a farthing worth twenty
thousand pounds Sterling!
The Third Woman
Episode 19; 7 December 1951
In London, Harry is sent to the Savoy Hotel to find out what happened to a spy who
was suppose to obtain information on a German rocket factory but has failed to do
An Old Moorish Custom
Episode 20; 14 December 1951
In Algiers, Harry's on the trail of golden cups and gold dust lost since 1504. Harry
has just twenty four hours to find the loot! The basic plot was also used for an
episode of Hopalong Cassidy, titled "An Old Spanish Custom."
It's a Knockout
Episode 21; 21 December 1951
In Havana, Harry has become J. Harrington Lime, Wall Street financier and Cuban
sportsman. He plans to swindle an American businessman with a rigged boxing match.
Two Is Company
Episode 22; 28 December 1951
In Sicily, Harry plans to reunite a woman with her grocery chain executive lover who
she's come to consider to be insufficiently romantic, for a considerable profit.
Cherchez La Gem
Episode 23; 4 January 1952
In Hawaii, Harry is after $75,000 in stolen jewels.
The Hand of Glory
Episode 24; 11 January 1952
In a sleepy English village, Harry, hiding out after some shenanigans in Paris, gets
entangled in the arcane pursuits of two old men.
The Double Double Cross
Episode 25; 18 January 1952
Harry parachutes into England with smuggled currency and falls victim to the
temperamental natures of his partners.
Five Thousand Pengoes and a Kiss
Episode 26; 25 January 1952
In Hungary, Harry is hired to smuggle a beautiful singer out of Budapest.
Episode 27; 1 February 1952
In Algiers, Harry notices the curious activities of the teenage daughter of a rich
American, which he figures can be turned to his profit.
Earl on Troubled Waters
Episode 28; 8 February 1952
In London, Harry poses as a nobleman to smuggle $30,000 out of the country, but
little Lord Randolph himself takes a hand.
The Dead Candidate
Episode 29; 15 February 1952
In the South American banana republic of Milenia, Harry seeks to advance the
interests of a soda company. Due to some curious rumormongering, the local dictator
believes that Harry is a personal envoy of the U.S. President.
It's in the Bag
Episode 30; 22 February 1952
Aboard the Orient Express, Harry meets a friendly Greek with a bag of black market
money. Harry has counterfeit money and hatches a scheme to switch it for the
Episode 3;1 29 February 1952
In wartime Panama, Harry breaks up a spy ring out to wreck the Panama Canal.
Turnabout is Foul Play
Episode 32; 7 March 1952
In Bern, Harry sets up a German businessman wishing to rebuild his pre-war fortunes
by baiting him with some phony U.N. plans for the industrialization of Western
Violets, Sweet Violets
Episode 33; 14 March 1952
In Nazi-occupied Marseilles, Harry contacts the head of the local black market so
that he can get a piece of the action.
Faith, Lime and Charity
Episode 34; 21 March 1952
In India, Harry runs a scam to skim some of the money he's collecting to rebuild an
Pleasure Before Business
Episode 35; 28 March 1952
In Venice, Harry enlists a beautiful acquaintance for a jewel robbery. But, she has
a few ideas of her own; like love.
Episode 36; 4 April 1952
In Kuwait, Harry poses as an archaeologist to hijack some smuggled gold. But, he
finds his assumed identity more hassle than help.
Man of Mystery
Episode 37; 11 April 1952
Harry is summoned to Antibes by Gregory Arkadin, a wealthy man with amnesia for
twenty years. He wants Harry to learn as much as possible about his past life.
Welles later used this plot as the basis for his film Mr. Arkadin.
The Painted Smile
Episode 38; 18 April 1952
In Sicily, Harry attends a circus performance with one of the clowns, a friend from
the underworld. The clown is shocked when his daughter, unaware of either of his
professions, runs away from her exclusive private school to meet him.
Harry Lime Joins The Circus
Episode 39; 25 April 1952
In post-war Europe, Harry is working for a traveling circus. He learns that one of
the clowns is Hans Hessle, an escaped Nazi being sought by many of his victims for
his atrocities during the war.
Episode 40; 2 May 1952
In Vienna, Harry teams up with an impoverished countess to steal a diamond necklace
formally owned by Marie Antoinette.
Vive la Chance
Episode 41; 9 May 1952
In Paris, Harry plans to cheat an American named Henry Witherspoon with a scheme
involving a treasure in buried gold.
The Elusive Vermeer
Episode 42; 16 May 1952
Horace St. John Windemeer contacts Harry for help disposing of a Vermeer painting
he's about to steal.
Murder on the Riviera
Episode 43; 23 May 1952
In post-war France, Harry's smuggling cigarettes. He meets a young a girl called
"Stupid" with a corpse and fifteen million francs. She's doing a bad job of
disposing of the corpse and Harry decides to help her, for a price!
The Pearls of Bohemia
Episode 44; 30 May 1952
In Italy, Harry answers a curious ad for a multi-lingual agent. He meets Melody
Johnson who enlists his aid, ostensibly to win a beauty contest in Egypt, but really
to smuggle pearls into Egypt.
A Night in a Harem
Episode 45; 6 June 1952
In a Middle East kingdom, Harry, a sharpie named Sam, and a real Arabian princess
are set up for a $100,000,000 oil concession pushover.
Blackmail Is a Nasty Word
Episode 46; 13 June 1952
In Marseilles, a dying crook gives Harry a name to share with an official in the
post-War French government. Doing so makes the official very cooperative, though
Harry hasn't a clue why.
The Professor Regrets
Episode 47; 20 June 1952
Harry helps a fellow con artist expose a famous atomic scientist disloyal to
The Hard Way
Episode 48; 27 June 1952
Harry starts a charter airline business, using an old smuggling airplane. He meets
the strange Mr. Butterboy, wanting to fly to Zurich and finds his old reputation is
not so easily left behind.
Paris Is Not the Same
Episode 49; 4 July 1952
In Paris, Harry Lime meets an old wartime flame. He soon uses a "Third Man" to work
a perfume swindle.
Episode 50; 11 July 1952
Harry and a Countess try to smuggle a most wanted bandit out of Sicily.
The Blue Caribou
Episode 51; 18 July 1952
In Italy, Harry is hired by a beautiful American to help her recover a valuable
antique piece of pottery and gets entangled in the doings of a retired Mafia boss.
Greek Meets Greek
Episode 52; 25 July 1952
In Greece, Harry contends with the measles, a dead body, and a mysterious woman with
a gun claiming someone is trying to kill her. Her story, however, does not make
The Adventures of Harry Lime radio series provides a prequel to the 1949 British
film noir The Third Man, directed by Carol Reed. Graham Greene wrote the movie
screenplay, and then a novella, based on the screenplay, following the film's release. The
Third Man was one of Britian's most memorable films. And, as portrayed on screen by
Orson Welles, Harry Lime is its most memorable character. A con-artist, Lime is shot and killed
in the sewers of Vienna following the end of World War II. Despite being a
villain—penicillin he stole from military hospitals, diluted, and sold on the black market
killed many people—Lime is an attractive anti-hero, played to perfection by Welles.
Harry Allen Towers purchased the rights to use the name and character "Harry Lime," unsold in
Greene's publishing deal. Both crime and detective stories were popular Old Time Radio (OTR)
genres from the 1940s-1950s. This popularity coincided with rising concerns for emerging
criminal activities, especially organized crime, and containment efforts at all levels. Towers
saw economic opportunities in a radio series focusing on Lime's exploits.
Enter Orson Welles, well known American radio actor and director, noted for his many appearances
on The March of Time
since 1935, his work with The
Columbia Workshop on their production of "The Fall of the City" in 1937, and his
starring the title role of The Shadow for its
1938 season. On 30 October 1938 he achieved immediate international notoriety for his
production, direction, and starring role in The
War of the Worlds with The
Mercury Theatre of the Air.
Notoriety brought a sponser, and The Mercury Theatre on the Air was renamed
The Campbell Playhouse. Wells remained until 31 March 1940. In 1941, 1942, and
again in 1946, Welles starred in "The
Hitchhiker," a radio drama written for him by Lucille Fletcher. Later, Welles hosted and
narrated The Black Museum
In 1948-1949, Welles undertook a self-imposed exile in Europe to escape a listless Hollywood
career, studio interference with his own creative projects, and potential persecution for his
politics in America. In London, England, he met Towers who was interested to produce radio
drama. Towers hoped to leverage Welles' creativity and radio drama experience into a successful
radio series. Welles needed to raise money for his independent film projects. But Harry Lime was
killed at the end of The Third Man film. How to tell stories about a dead man?
Welles suggested each episode dramatize a Lime misadventure prior to his arrival in Vienna.
A deal was struck. Welles agreed to appear in The Adventures of Harry Lime
(fifty-two episodes; 1951-1952 season) and The
Black Museum (fifty-two episodes; 1952-1954). Towers also produced The
Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, a series broadcast on BBC, 2 January-5 June 1955. One
episode, "The Final Problem," featured Sir John Gielgud as Holmes, Sir Ralph Richardson as Dr.
Watson, and Welles as Professor Moriarty.
Each episode of The Adventures of Harry Lime began like this.
(Music: Third Man Theme. Abruptly cut off by an echoing gunshot.)
Orson Welles: 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
The Adventures of Harry Lime radio series was produced by Towers, and
distributed by his company, Towers of London. During World War II, Towers repackaged and
distributed radio broadcasts via electrical transcriptions (ETs; record albums) to British
military forces overseas. After the war, he developed a successful career as an independent
radio, television, and film producer.
Distribution of The Adventures of Harry Lime was hampered by the state-owned
British Broadcasting Corporation's (BBC) ban against commercial broadcasts throughout the
British Empire. Towers turned to a network of ET pressing operations and broadcast outlets
around the world he had utilized during World War II as a way to distribute his program
without violating BBC rules. The earliest known broadcasts of The Adventures of Harry
Lime was via "pirate" radio station Radio Luxembourg 1951-1952.
52 episodes broadcast as The Adventures of Harry Lime via "pirate" Radio
Definitive Lives of Harry Lime)
5 December 1951-28 May 1952
25 episodes broadcast via Mutual Broadcasting System (MBS) in United States. Retitled as
The Lives of Harry Lime. Order of episodes is unknown.
3 September 1952-5 November 1954
52 episodes broadcast by Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)
16 episodes broadcast in England. The first dramatic episodes broadcast by the British
Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) that it did not produce.