Third Man On The Mountain

Set against the backdrop of the Matterhorn (called the Citadel here), this exciting, beautifully photographed picture is the story of youth finding itself. MacArthur, a young boy whose father was killed while climbing the Citadel, is determined to complete the ascent himself. His youthful exuberance leads to problems when he joins the climbing party led...read more

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Set against the backdrop of the Matterhorn (called the Citadel here), this exciting, beautifully photographed picture is the story of youth finding itself. MacArthur, a young boy whose father was killed while climbing the Citadel, is determined to complete the ascent himself. His youthful

exuberance leads to problems when he joins the climbing party led by Rennie, then MacArthur's mother and uncle forbid the boy to climb anymore. But with the help of Munro, Naismith, and Donald, MacArthur soon masters the art of climbing. Later, MacArthur even saves Rennie during an ascent up the

mountain.

A fine film for children, THIRD MAN ON THE MOUNTAIN offers an uplifting message about courage without becoming heavy-handed. The cast is uniformly excellent, with MacArthur especially good as the film's lead. The breathtaking photography of the Alps is also well used. The cast was taught the

fundamentals of mountain climbing, which MacArthur took to with great ease. He later gave the production crew and insurance company assigned to the film quite a fright when he snuck off one day to actually climb the Matterhorn by himself. MacArthur's real-life mother, Helen Hayes, makes a cameo

appearance as a tourist, as does Ullman, the author of the novel that was the basis for the film. THIRD MAN ON THE MOUNTAIN was later shown on TV's "Wonderful World of Disney" under the title BANNER IN THE SKY.