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This latest of Mr. Hitchcock's efforts is a curiously whimsical thing.
One of the absolute funniest movies of the 1950s, not least because it is perhaps the most puckish.
A spirited irreverence about the power of death pervades. Think of this as a relief valve compared to most of Hitchcock's other films.
I love it. I've seen it more times than just about any other Hitchcock.
highly entertaining romantic comedy that still has the Hitchcock touch--a dark comedy using a dead body as the central MacGuffin
Beautifully subtle suspense with a sprinkle of black humor.
It's not helped by the wooden performances of the leads.
Hitchcock does comedy! MacLaine's film debut.
Very underrated black comedy from Hitchcock is really one of his best works.
Despite the artifice, or perhaps partly because of it, the film manages to be enjoyable.
Hitchcock's comedic charms shine in this delightful story about a corpse that just won't stay buried.
This is a quirky and surprisingly low-key comedy that's more amusing than funny; it's witty, but rarely hilarious.
This is a delightfully twisted film from old Mr. Hitchcock. Set in a small Vermont town during autumn, this is a mystery/comedy centered around a dead body.
A man named Harry is found dead by a small boy who immediately goes and tells his mom. As she and others happen upon the corpse, they all, for different reasons, think they are to blame in some way for his demise. What follows then are their many attempts to hide the body and cover their tracks as the threat of being caught looms over head.
This is somewhat atypical Hitch because it is the closest he ever came to overt comedy. Granted, it's about a corpse, and the bulk over the humor is of the dry, and darkly morbid variety, but still, even with some suspense, this is a rather lighthearted affair. It's got a good set up, and some wonderful moments, but I do think the ending is rather problematic, mostly because it seems rushed and tacked on. Everything else though is fine.
We get a good cast and some fine performances from this one too. A young Jerry Mathers plays the little boy, his mom is played by then 20 year-old Shirley MacLaine in her film debut, and Edmund Gwenn, John Forsyth, Mildred Natwick, and Royal Dano round out the key players and suspects. With the technical stuff, we get some good cinematography, and real nice visuals, some of which come off as really painterly and picturesque, which is fitting given that art plays a sizable role here. There's an enjoyable and playful score from Bernard Herrmann, and the overall mood and tone make this movie a real off-kilter treat.
It's not the best, and I might be somewhat inflating my grade, but this film gets a lot right, and it is supremely enjoyable, so, if it's not too much *trouble*, try to give it a watch, okay?
Hitchcock's black comedy classic is a different direction for the master and he adapts well.
Hitchcock's delightful but somewhat shallow dabbling into dark comedy featuring a young and absolutely beautiful Shirley MacLaine.
No lost masterpiece here - slightly amusing Hitchcock black comedy. The male leads are leaden but Shirley MacClaine is smart sexy quirky cute right out of the gates.
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