The Trouble with Harry

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Overview

The trouble with Harry is that he's dead. The scene is a autumnal Vermont village, where a pre-Leave It to Beaver Jerry Mathers stumbles upon Harry's corpse in the woods. Mathers alerts his mother Shirley MacLaine making her film debut, who recognizes Harry as her ex-husband. Later on, retired sea captain Edmund Gwenn likewise comes across the moribund Harry. Both MacLaine and Gwenn have reason to believe that they're responsible for Harry's demise; MacLaine thinks that she killed Harry by clobbering him with a ...
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Overview

The trouble with Harry is that he's dead. The scene is a autumnal Vermont village, where a pre-Leave It to Beaver Jerry Mathers stumbles upon Harry's corpse in the woods. Mathers alerts his mother Shirley MacLaine making her film debut, who recognizes Harry as her ex-husband. Later on, retired sea captain Edmund Gwenn likewise comes across the moribund Harry. Both MacLaine and Gwenn have reason to believe that they're responsible for Harry's demise; MacLaine thinks that she killed Harry by clobbering him with a bottle, while Gwenn is certain that he shot the poor fellow while hunting. As the day draws to a close, seemingly every person in town is convinced that he or she has had some hand in Harry's death, thus they conspire to hide the body from the authorities. Visiting artist John Forsythe, dumbfounded at the calm, collected reactions of the villagers regarding Harry whose ubiquitous body pops up at the most inopportune moments, solves the "mystery." Though not his most successful film, The Trouble with Harry was one of director Alfred Hitchcock's favorites. The story's whimsical black-comedy elements are perfectly complemented by Bernard Herrmann's playful music score. Best bit: Mildred Natwick, coming upon Gwenn as the latter is strenuously dragging away Harry's corpse, asking offhandedly "What seems to be the trouble, Captain?" The Trouble With Harry was adapted by John Michael Hayes from the novel by John Trevor.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; The Trouble With Harry Isn't Over; Production notes; Production photographs; Theatrical trailer
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide
Alfred Hitchcock rarely allowed his dry and barbed sense of humor to rise to the surface as fully as in The Trouble With Harry, one of his only real comedies, and a film that he often cited as a personal favorite. Like a Charles Addams or Gahan Wilson cartoon come to life, The Trouble With Harry finds its characters amusingly unconcerned with the fact that Harry is dead, and his remains repeatedly dug up, dragged about, and reburied are shown a casual disrespect that is both funny and jarring. Hitchcock had a fondness for eccentric comic-relief characters, and here he gave them a film to themselves; Edmund Gwenn, Mildred Dunnock, and Mildred Natwick are all in fine form. While it requires a certain suspension of disbelief to accept John Forsythe as a bohemian artist, Shirley MacLaine was an inspired choice, in her first screen role, as his love interest, displaying a sharp, pixie-ish charm that was a welcome alternative to the high-gloss glamour gals of the period and Hitchcock's usual ice-queen heroines. The Trouble With Harry is not one of Hitchcock's best films, but the Master was clearly enjoying himself, and anyone who appreciated the eccentricity of Thelma Ritter in Rear Window or Leo G. Carroll in North by Northwest will have a lot of fun with this movie. -- Mark Deming
All Movie Guide - Mark Deming
Alfred Hitchcock rarely allowed his dry and barbed sense of humor to rise to the surface as fully as in The Trouble With Harry, one of his only real comedies, and a film that he often cited as a personal favorite. Like a Charles Addams or Gahan Wilson cartoon come to life, The Trouble With Harry finds its characters amusingly unconcerned with the fact that Harry is dead, and his remains -- repeatedly dug up, dragged about, and reburied -- are shown a casual disrespect that is both funny and jarring. Hitchcock had a fondness for eccentric comic-relief characters, and here he gave them a film to themselves; Edmund Gwenn, Mildred Dunnock, and Mildred Natwick are all in fine form. While it requires a certain suspension of disbelief to accept John Forsythe as a bohemian artist, Shirley MacLaine was an inspired choice, in her first screen role, as his love interest, displaying a sharp, pixie-ish charm that was a welcome alternative to the high-gloss glamour gals of the period (and Hitchcock's usual ice-queen heroines). The Trouble With Harry is not one of Hitchcock's best films, but the Master was clearly enjoying himself, and anyone who appreciated the eccentricity of Thelma Ritter in Rear Window or Leo G. Carroll in North by Northwest will have a lot of fun with this movie.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/20/2006
  • UPC: 025192831621
  • Original Release: 1955
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  • Source: Universal Studios
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Remastered / Wide Screen / Subtitled / Dubbed
  • Time: 1:40:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 19,073

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Edmund Gwenn Capt. Albert Wiles
John Forsythe Sam Marlowe, the painter
Shirley MacLaine Jennifer Rogers, Harry's Wife
Mildred Natwick Miss Graveley
Mildred Dunnock Mrs. Wiggs
Jerry Mathers Arnie Rogers
Royal Dano Calvin Wiggs
Parker Fennelly Millionaire
Barry Macollum Tramp
Dwight Marfield Dr. Greenbow
Leslie Woolf Art Critic
Philip Truex Harry Worp
Ernest Curt Bach Chauffeur
Technical Credits
Alfred Hitchcock Director, Producer
Robert Burks Cinematographer
Herbert Coleman Associate Producer
Sam Comer Set Decoration/Design
Mack David Songwriter
John P. Fulton Special Effects
John B. Goodman Art Director
John Michael Hayes Screenwriter
Edith Head Costumes/Costume Designer
Bernard Herrmann Score Composer
Howard Joslin Asst. Director
Emile Kuri Production Designer, Set Decoration/Design
Winston H. Leverett Sound/Sound Designer
Harold Lewis Sound/Sound Designer
Alma Macrorie Editor
Hal Pereira Art Director
Raymond Scott Songwriter
Wally Westmore Makeup
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Trouble With Harry
1. Main Titles [1:52]
2. Hunting [3:23]
3. Harry [8:50]
4. Mr. Marlowe [6:40]
5. Miss Gravely [3:32]
6. A Portrait [13:40]
7. The Truth About Harry [5:13]
8. Coffee and Muffins [4:06]
9. A Burial Place [6:58]
10. Whodunit? [2:29]
11. The Old Salt's Home [6:04]
12. No Rest for Harry [7:08]
13. Art Sale [4:24]
14. Harry's Shoes [6:53]
15. A Reason for Murder [5:03]
16. Calvin Wiggs [8:16]
17. The Doctor's Diagnosis [2:36]
18. Repeat Performance [2:09]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- The Trouble With Harry
   Chapters
   Bonus Materials
      The Trouble With Harry Isn't Over
      Production Photographs
      Theatrical Trailer
      Production Notes
   Languages
      Spoken Language: English
      Spoken Language: Español
      Subtitles: English SDH
      Subtitles: Français
      Subtitles: Off
   Play
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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Total waste of time and money

    Very slow moving plot. I through it away after watching.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    It's funny

    This movie is extremly funny. It isn't the typical Hitchcock film, but that is what makes it so indearing.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Jack Trevor Story

    The Hitchcock film was taken from the novel of my late Grandad Jack Trevor Story. Although Hitchcock's favourite film I dont think it really manages to capture the brilliance of the book.

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