The Third Man on the Mountain

The Third Man on the Mountain

Michael Rennie
Director: Ken Annakin Cast: Michael Rennie
Michael Rennie
, Janet Munro
Janet Munro
, James Donald
James Donald
Ken Annakin


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Filmed on location in Switzerland, Walt Disney's Third Man on the Mountain was based on Banner in the Sky, a book by James Ramsey Ullman. James MacArthur plays a Swiss youth who vows to be the first to scale a formidable Matterhorn-like mountain called the Citadel. The fact that MacArthur's father was killed attempting a similar climb only strengthens the boy's resolve. Though discouraged by his mother and uncle, MacArthur prepares for his ascent by taking practice climbs with his friends, learning vital lessons about safety and cooperation along the way. Finally, MacArthur begins making his way up the Citadel in the company of four other hardy souls. The title is a giveaway as to who doesn't reach the top of the mountain first; even so, there's a happy, satisfying ending for the so-called "loser." The film's breathtaking full-color shots of the Matterhorn are brilliantly augmented by the matte work of the legendary Peter Ellenshaw. Watch for Helen Hayes, the mother of Third Man on the Mountain star James MacArthur, in an amusing cameo role.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/07/2004
UPC: 0786936245073
Original Release: 1959
Rating: G
Source: Walt Disney Video
Region Code: 1
Time: 1:47:00
Sales rank: 7,393

Special Features

Closed Caption; French language track; French subtitles; Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound; Fullscreen (1.33:1)

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Michael Rennie Capt. John Winter
Janet Munro Lizbeth Hempel
James Donald Franz Lerner
Herbert Lom Emil Saxo
Laurence Naismith Teo Zurbriggen
Lee Patterson Klaus Wesselhoft
Walter Fitzgerald Herr Hempel
Nora Swinburne Frau Mott
Helen Hayes Tourist
Ferdinand "Ferdy" Mayne Andreas
James MacArthur Actor

Technical Credits
Ken Annakin Director
Tom Adair Songwriter
William Alwyn Score Composer
Bill Anderson Producer
Peter Boita Editor
By Dunham Songwriter
Eleanore Griffin Screenwriter
John Howell Production Designer
Franklyn Marks Songwriter
Harry Waxman Cinematographer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Opening Credits [12:21]
2. The Citadel [9:35]
3. "Token of Admiration" [9:13]
4. Rudi's Climb [9:59]
5. Boots for Sale [9:17]
6. A Test [5:11]
7. The Waltz [8:52]
8. Captain's Climb [9:58]
9. A New Guide [11:28]
10. Taking a Risk [8:31]
11. Summit [9:17]
12. Homecoming/The End [3:00]

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