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The Trouble with Harry (1955)

PG  |   |  Mystery  |  3 October 1955 (USA)
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The trouble with Harry is that he's dead, and everyone seems to have a different idea of what needs to be done with his body...



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There is a dead well-dressed man in a meadow clearing in the hills above a small Vermont town. Captain Albert Wiles, who stumbles across the body and finds by the man's identification that his name is Harry Worp, believes he accidentally shot Harry dead while he was hunting rabbits. Captain Wiles wants to hide the body as he feels it is an easier way to deal with the situation than tell the authorities. While Captain Wiles is in the adjacent forest, he sees other people stumble across Harry, most of whom don't seem to know him or care or notice that he's dead. One person who does see Captain Wiles there is spinster Ivy Gravely, who vows to keep the Captain's secret about Harry. Captain Wiles also Secretly sees a young single mother, Jennifer Rogers, who is the one person who does seem to know Harry and seems happy that he's dead. Later, another person who stumbles across both Harry and Captain Wiles is struggling artist Sam Marlowe, to who Captain Wiles tells the entire story of what ... Written by Huggo

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3 October 1955 (USA)  »

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Alfred Hitchcock's The Trouble with Harry  »

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$1,200,000 (estimated)

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1.50 : 1
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Composer Bernard Herrmann arranged his themes from this film into a concert suite he called "A Portrait of Hitch". See more »


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Flaggin' the Train to Tuscaloosa
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Delightfully twisted
23 September 1999 | by (L.A. CA) – See all my reviews

Everyone who had something to do with Harry just can't figure out if he should stay buried or dig him up. From there, Hitchcock's black comedy brings about tension and giggles. Seems that everyone had a reason for wanting Harry out of the picture, only trouble is, Harry is more trouble dead than alive. A light film for Hitchcock, but it does contain the transference of guilt theme, and the guilt bounces all over our main players. A small gem of a film that often gets overlooked, watch this one and you'll be charmed by the trouble that Harry causes.

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