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The Trouble with Harry (1955)

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Original title: Trouble with Harry, The

DVD Release Date
• R1: Mar 6, 2001

Budget $1,200,000

Running Time
1 hour, 39 minutes

Country USA

Production Companies
Alfred J. Hitchcock Productions, Paramount Pictures

Studio Paramount

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• The Trouble with Harry (1955)

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Genre: Mystery, Comedy, Black Comedy, Ghosts, Murder, Suspense, Love, Investigation


Plot: This black comedy from Alfred Hitchcock was based on Jack Turner's novel. When a retired sea captain, out doing a little rabbit hunting, discovers Harry's lifeless body in the hilltops of small-town Vermont, he erroneously believes that he is responsible for Harry's untimely demise. So he decides to bury the corpse to cover his tracks. But Harry just won't stay in the ground. Soon the dead man--through no fault of his own--has set off a series of comic misunderstandings, as the town spinster and Harry's wife also blame themselves for his death. THE TROUBLE WITH HARRY was not a runaway hit when it was released, but it holds up very well, demonstrating the director’s sharp and morbid humor. It is one of the few comic turns Hitchcock made, and it compares favorably with his other lighter works, MR. AND MRS. SMITH and RICH AND STRANGE, shedding the romantic comedy for grimmer subject matter and satirical wit, which probably suited him more. This was Shirley MacLaine’s first film; she gives an enjoyable performance as Harry’s ex-wife. The film also features Jerry Mathers of LEAVE IT TO BEAVER fame. An uncredited star of the film is the Vermont location, seen in all its full autumn splendor.

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 Directed by
Alfred Hitchcock
Psycho, Rear Window, North by Northwest
 Written by
John Michael Hayes
Rear Window, To Catch a Thief, Iron Will
John Forsythe
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Alfred Hitchcock
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Edmund Gwenn
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Mildred Natwick
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Mildred Dunnock
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, The Nun's Story, The Pick-up Artist
Jerry Mathers
Larry the Cable Guy: Health Inspector, Sexual Malice, The Trouble with Harry Isn't Over
Royal Dano
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 Music By
Bernard Herrmann
Psycho, Citizen Kane, North by Northwest

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