Third Man on the Mountain

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Third Man on the Mountain
Third Man on the Mountain poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byKen Annakin
Produced byBill Anderson, Walt Disney
Written byEleanore Griffin
Based onBanner in the Sky
by James Ramsey Ullman
StarringMichael Rennie
James MacArthur
Music byWilliam Alwyn
CinematographyHarry Waxman
Distributed byBuena Vista Distribution
Release date
  • November 10, 1959 (1959-11-10)
Running time
105 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office$1,700,000 (US/ Canada)[1]

Third Man on the Mountain is a 1959 American Walt Disney Productions film directed by Ken Annakin and starring Michael Rennie and James MacArthur. Set during the golden age of alpinism, its plot concerns a young Swiss man who conquers the mountain that killed his father. It is based on Banner in the Sky, a James Ramsey Ullman novel about the first ascent of the Citadel, and was televised under this name. The film inspired the Matterhorn Bobsleds attraction at Disneyland Park.[2]



The film was made on location in Switzerland with Gaston Rébuffat as the head of the mountain second unit photography.[3] The film was shot in the summer of 1958 in Zermatt, a location that Walt Disney was familiar with from his ski trips. The studio portions of the film were done in London.[4]

The extraordinary difficulty of making this film on the Matterhorn was chronicled in the "Perilous Assignments" episode of Walt Disney Presents.

The musical score for Third Man on the Mountain was composed by William Alwyn and features the original song "Climb the Mountain" by Franklyn Marks.[5]

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  1. ^ "Rental Potentials of 1960", Variety, 4 January 1961 p 47. Please note figures are rentals as opposed to total gross.
  2. ^ p.267 Barrier, Michael. The Animated Man: A Life of Walt Disney 2008 University of California Press
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  4. ^ p.267 Barrier, Michael. The Animated Man: A Life of Walt Disney 2008 University of California Press
  5. ^ Johnson, Ian (2005). William Alwyn: The Art of Film Music. Woodbridge, Suffolk: Boydell Press. p. 288. ISBN 1843831597.

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