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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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Release Date:

3 October 1955 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Alfred Hitchcock's The Trouble with Harry  »

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$1,200,000 (estimated)

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(Western Electric Recording)



Aspect Ratio:

1.50 : 1
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Did You Know?


Several scenes had to be shot in a rented high school gym because of the rain. In the gym, a 500-lb. Technicolor camera fell from a great height, narrowly missing Alfred Hitchcock. See more »


After he draws Harry's feet, Sam puts the paper block under his left arm with the beginning of his sketch barely visable (This might be caused by the lighting). In the next shot as Sam is leaning over Harry's body the charcoal on Sam's sketch is darker and more complete. See more »


[Upon finding the Captain dragging a body along the ground]
Miss Graveley: What seems to be the trouble, Captain?
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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 »


Flaggin' the Train to Tuscaloosa
Lyric by Mack David
Music by Raymond Scott
Sung by John Forsythe (uncredited)
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An absolute gem, one of the few 10's I've ever given!!!
20 December 1998 | by (Ontario, Canada) – See all my reviews

This movie is fantastic. I don't think anyone except Hitchcock could have made such humour out of a dead body. Shirley MacLaine (in her first role) is delightful and Edmond Gwenn perfect. You'll see a young Jerry Mathers pre-dating Leave it to Beaver by a few years. Don't miss this little gem, it's as funny today as it was in 1955 and I suspect for a long time to come.

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