The Trouble with Harry (1955)

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In this film, Jerry Mathers stumbles upon Harry's corpse in the woods. Mathers alerts his mother Shirley MacLaine, who recognizes Harry as her ex-husband. Later on, retired sea captain Edmund Gwenn comes across the moribund Harry. Both MacLaine and Gwenn have reason to believe that they're responsible for Harry's demise.
Rating:
PG
Genre:
Classics , Comedy , Mystery & Suspense
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MCA Universal Home Video

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Cast

Edmund Gwenn
as Capt. Albert Wiles
John Forsythe
as Sam Marlowe
Shirley MacLaine
as Jennifer Rogers
Mildred Natwick
as Miss Ivy Gravely
Mildred Dunnock
as Mrs. Wiggs
Jerry Mathers
as Arnie Rogers, Harry's Son
Royal Dano
as Calvin Wiggs
Parker Fennelly
as Millionaire
Dwight Marfield
as Dr. Greenbow
Leslie Woolf
as Art Critic
Philip Truex
as Harry Worp
Ernest Curt Bach
as Chauffeur
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Critic Reviews for The Trouble with Harry

All Critics (21) | Top Critics (1)

This latest of Mr. Hitchcock's efforts is a curiously whimsical thing.

Full Review… | March 24, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

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Full Review… | February 8, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

One of the absolute funniest movies of the 1950s, not least because it is perhaps the most puckish.

Full Review… | September 15, 2013
Antagony & Ecstasy

A spirited irreverence about the power of death pervades. Think of this as a relief valve compared to most of Hitchcock's other films.

Full Review… | May 27, 2011
LarsenOnFilm

I love it. I've seen it more times than just about any other Hitchcock.

Full Review… | May 15, 2008
Combustible Celluloid

highly entertaining romantic comedy that still has the Hitchcock touch--a dark comedy using a dead body as the central MacGuffin

Full Review… | February 6, 2006
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Audience Reviews for The Trouble with Harry

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?

Chris Weber
Chris Weber

Super Reviewer

½

Hitchcock's black comedy classic is a different direction for the master and he adapts well.

Graham Jones
Graham Jones

Super Reviewer

½

Hitchcock's delightful but somewhat shallow dabbling into dark comedy featuring a young and absolutely beautiful Shirley MacLaine.

Randy Tippy
Randy Tippy

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