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The Professor Regrets

Con artist Harry Lime meets an old acquaintance who suspects a spy is headed for America. 1950s prequel starring Orson Welles.

Con artist Harry Lime meets an old acquaintance who suspects a spy is headed for America.

Starring Orson Welles as Harry Lime.

In the celebrated 1949 film adaptation of Graham Greene's novel 'The Third Man', Harry Lime is introduced as one of cinema's most notorious anti-heroes brilliantly portrayed by Welles.

This 1951-52 radio prequel to the film, 'The Lives of Harry Lime' earned Welles even more acclaim. Selected episodes were even broadcast by the BBC – the first drama to be aired that hadn’t been produced in-house.

Stripped of the film cameras, the character of Harry Lime is not ameliorated for this radio outing. He's an out and out rogue. Lime made it to the airwaves thanks to another Harry - Harry Alan Towers. Like its eponymous anti-hero, this series travelled widely, being syndicated across the USA and on Radio Luxembourg.

The music is by Anton Karas, the zither man.

Produced by Towers of London.

20 minutes

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