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The Trouble with Harry (1955)

Approved | | Comedy, Mystery | 3 October 1955 (USA)
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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Comedy | Mystery

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3 October 1955 (USA)  »

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$1,200,000 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Recording)

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Trivia

Alfred Hitchcock insisted on using a real actor for the body of Harry. He chose Philip Truex. See more »

Goofs

After Miss Gravely confesses, she is shown leaning back on the rocking chair twice in subsequent shots. See more »

Quotes

Sam Marlowe: Perharps I'll come back tomorrow.
Arnie: When's that?
Sam Marlowe: The day after today.
Arnie: That's yesterday. Today's tomorrow.
Sam Marlowe: It was.
Arnie: When was tomorrow yesterday?
Sam Marlowe: Today.
Arnie: Oh, sure. Yesterday.
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Crazy Credits

Closing credits: "The trouble with Harry is over." See more »

Connections

Referenced in Odyssey 5: Trouble with Harry (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

Flaggin' the Train to Tuscaloosa
Lyric by Mack David
Music by Raymond Scott
Sung by John Forsythe (uncredited)
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Witty and clever
20 May 2000 | by (Forster, Australia) – See all my reviews

This film is a deviation from Hitchcock's normal subjects. Sure, there is murder and intrigue, yet somehow a strange comical effect.

The trouble with Harry is black comedy at its finest. Nobody but good old Sir Alfred could make a mockery of a dead body lying in the woods. But Hitchcock revels in the role, displaying wit and character to a timeless film. He's done it again!


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