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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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A comedy about a corpse. See more »

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Comedy | Mystery

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Alfred Hitchcock's The Trouble with Harry  »

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$1,200,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

Jack Trevor Story's original novel, published in 1949, is set in post-war England, not America in the mid-1950s. There would seem to have been some censorship problems with the adaptation; in the book, the young son (who has a different name) is the illegitimate offspring of an RAF pilot killed on a bombing raid, and Harry has married the unwed mother to prevent a stain falling on the family honor. There is also an extra character in the book - an unsavory war profiteer - who is elided from the film completely. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Capt. Wiles: Coming home from Madagascar once we had a fireman on board who hit his head on a brick wall and died two days later.
Sam Marlowe: Where did he find a brick wall on board a ship?
Capt. Wiles: Mmmm... that's what we always wondered.
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Crazy Credits

The drawings behind the opening credits are by artist Saul Steinberg, reportedly echoing elements of paintings by Paul Klee, whose work Hitchcock collected. Steinberg received no on-screen credit. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Nightmare in Blood (1977) 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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Oh the irony!
4 October 2004 | by (Providence, Rhode Island) – See all my reviews

I've been a big fan of Hitchcock as long as I can remember, but I only had the opportunity to see The Trouble with Harry recently. I never knew the film was a comedy before I began watching, so you can imagine my surprise when one innocent character after the next stumbled upon a brutally murdered corpse and react in the very least expected ways possible. It was almost as surpring, however, when I read the comments on IMDb and realized that a large portion of Hitchcock's audience simply didn't "get it". Of course the character's are not reacting the way real people would in these circumstances! How many of Hitch's characters actually would? The Trouble with Harry is Hitchcock's own jab at himself, at the entire suspense film genre, and a wonderfully inspired satire on the implications of desensitization. The film is not that simple though, for even in addressing these objectives Hitch tantalizingly avoids any answers or definitive statements. Its a difficult film to describe, but definitely worth seeing as it confirms Hitchcock's dual mastery of comedy and suspense. Watch it for the social commentary, the sleepy New England setting, but above all else, for the blissful irony that fills its every crevace. It is the kind of irony that makes shows like Family Guy so popular today. A wonderfully surpring film in every way!


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