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Director:
Writers:
John Michael Hayes (screenplay)
Jack Trevor Story (based on the novel by)
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Release Date:
3 October 1955 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
A comedy about a corpse. See more »
Plot:
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... Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for 2 BAFTA Film Awards. Another 2 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Outlandish black comedy from Hitch, a failure when released as it was probably a little ahead of its time. See more (138 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Edmund Gwenn ... Capt. Albert Wiles

John Forsythe ... Sam Marlowe

Mildred Natwick ... Miss Ivy Gravely

Mildred Dunnock ... Mrs. Wiggs

Jerry Mathers ... Arnie Rogers

Royal Dano ... Deputy Sheriff Calvin Wiggs
Parker Fennelly ... Millionaire
Barry Macollum ... Tramp
Dwight Marfield ... Dr. Greenbow

Shirley MacLaine ... Jennifer Rogers
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ernest Curt Bach ... Ellis (uncredited)

Alfred Hitchcock ... Man Walking Past Sam's Outdoor Exhibition (uncredited)
Philip Truex ... Harry Worp (uncredited)
Leslie Woolf ... Art Critic from the Modern Museum (uncredited)

Directed by
Alfred Hitchcock 
 
Writing credits
John Michael Hayes (screenplay)

Jack Trevor Story (based on the novel by)

Produced by
Herbert Coleman .... associate producer
Alfred Hitchcock .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Bernard Herrmann (music score)
 
Cinematography by
Robert Burks (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Alma Macrorie 
 
Casting by
Bert McKay (uncredited)
 
Art Direction by
John B. Goodman  (as John Goodman)
Hal Pereira 
 
Set Decoration by
Sam Comer 
Emile Kuri 
 
Costume Design by
Edith Head 
 
Makeup Department
Wally Westmore .... makeup supervisor
John Hall Jr. .... makeup (uncredited)
Maria Stevens .... hairdresser (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Hugh Brown .... assistant production manager (uncredited)
Frank Caffey .... production manager (uncredited)
C.O. Erickson .... unit production manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Howard Joslin .... assistant director
Ralph Axness .... assistant director (uncredited)
Herbert Coleman .... second unit director (uncredited)
Edgar Fay .... assistant director (uncredited)
Bernard McEveety .... assistant director (uncredited)
Bernard Wiesen .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
William Crider .... nurseryman (uncredited)
John Ferren .... paintings: Sam's (uncredited)
Ed Goldstein .... leadman (uncredited)
F. Goldstein .... props (uncredited)
Gene Lauritzen .... construction coordinator (uncredited)
Dominic Mautino .... painter (uncredited)
Robert McCrillis .... prop master (uncredited)
Fred Simpfenderfer .... nurseryman (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Winston H. Leverett .... sound recordist (as Winston Leverett)
Harold Lewis .... sound recordist
Jim Miller .... sound (uncredited)
Ad Tice .... sound (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
John P. Fulton .... special photographic effects
Scott Dougherty .... digital restoration producer: Cinesite (uncredited)
Jerry Pooler .... digital restoration supervisor (uncredited)
Tiffany Smith .... digital restoration coordinator: Cinesite (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Charles Austin .... camera operator (uncredited)
Bill Avery .... still photographer (uncredited)
Gordon Fleming .... grip (uncredited)
James Grant .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Bobby Greene .... first assistant camera (uncredited)
Norbert Haring .... grip (uncredited)
Chas. Wayne Hendrickson .... electrician (uncredited)
Warren Hoag .... electrician (uncredited)
Hayden Hohstadt .... grip (uncredited)
Edward Horton .... camera operator (uncredited)
Vic Jones .... gaffer (uncredited)
Lon Massey .... electrician (uncredited)
William Miller .... assistant camera (uncredited)
S. Nannes .... assistant camera (uncredited)
John Nostri .... grip (uncredited)
William Schurr .... second camera (uncredited)
Mike Semenario .... grip (uncredited)
Frank Serjack .... still photographer (uncredited)
George Sherman .... grip (uncredited)
Jack Sherman .... electrician (uncredited)
Fred Sigle .... camera mechanic (uncredited)
Leonard J. South .... camera operator (uncredited)
Walt Taylor .... best boy (uncredited)
Darrell Turnmire .... company grip (uncredited)
Paul Whitson .... generator operator (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Olive Long .... casting secretary (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Ed Fitzharris .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Joan Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Richard Mueller .... Technicolor color consultant
P. Guare .... publicist (uncredited)
William Lord .... auditor (uncredited)
Saul Steinberg .... title illustrator (uncredited)
Dorothy Yutzi .... script clerk (uncredited)
 
Crew verified as complete


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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Alfred Hitchcock's The Trouble with Harry" - UK (complete title), USA (complete title)
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Runtime:
99 min
Country:
Language:
Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.50 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
Certification:
Argentina:13 | Australia:PG | Brazil:12 | Canada:PG | Chile:14 | Finland:K-12 | Ireland:PG | Peru:14 | Portugal:M/12 | Spain:13 | UK:A (original rating) | UK:PG (tv rating) | UK:PG (video rating) (1988) (2002) | USA:PG | USA:TV-G (TV rating) | USA:Approved (certificate no. 17335) | West Germany:12 (nf)
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Trivia:
Location filming in Vermont was hampered by heavy rainfall. Many exterior scenes were actually filmed on sets constructed in a local high school gymnasium. Much of the dialogue recorded there was inaudible due to the rainfall on the tin roof, so much post-recording was necessary.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Miss Graveley visits the Captain, we see a case of nautical flags on the wall behind him, with a model ship perched on top. But in the final shot of the scene as Miss Gravely is leaving, the ship is gone.See more »
Quotes:
Capt. Wiles:[as he sees Sam Marlowe coming] Next thing you know they'll be televising the whole thing.See more »
Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
Flaggin' the Train to TuscaloosaSee more »

FAQ

Does Hitchcock have a cameo in this movie?
Shirley MacLaine---When Did She Sign For "Harry"?
John Forsythe---When Did He Sign With Hitch?
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50 out of 55 people found the following review useful.
Outlandish black comedy from Hitch, a failure when released as it was probably a little ahead of its time., 10 April 2005
Author: Jonathon Dabell (barnaby.rudge@hotmail.co.uk) from Todmorden, England

The Trouble With Harry is a comedy film about a dead body. Alfred Hitchcock makes the macabre concept deliciously funny and entertaining in his unique style. Helping Hitchcock to turn this unlikeliest of premises into an enjoyable film are Bernard Herrmann (providing fabulous music scoring), and a cast of winning actors who judge to perfection how far to push their tongues into their cheeks.

A dead body turns up on a patch of grass near the top of a wooded New England hill. Various people have reason to believe that they're responsible for the man's death. Septugenarian ex-sea captain Albert Wiles (Edmund Gwenn) is worried that he might have accidentally shot the man while hunting for rabbits. Old spinster Miss Gravely (Mildred Natwick) fears that when she whacked the man over the head with her shoe, she may have done more damage than she intended. And single mother Jennifer (Shirley MacLaine) has even greater cause to feel responsible, for she is the dead man's wife. During an argument, she smashed a bottle over his head and is now almost sure that he died as a result. Local artist Sam Marlowe (John Forsythe) decides to help his neighbours to cover up the crime, but after burying and digging up the corpse several times, the truth behind "Harry's" death is finally revealed.

No Hitchcock film divides viewers more than this one. Some consider the film a masterpiece of understated black comedy; others deem it a plot less, pointless time-waster. The film was a fairly massive box office flop at the time (audiences obviously felt from the movie poster that they were going to see a murder mystery, and were disappointed to actually find themselves experiencing a bizarre, off-kilter black comedy). In retrospect, I'd say The Trouble With Harry is a great film that was probably a good two decades ahead of its time. The performances are wonderfully outrageous, especially the elders (Gwenn and Natwick) who give perceptive comic turns that actors nowadays just don't seem to have the range to do. Forsythe and MacLaine are delightful too (the latter in her movie debut), and Royal Dano rounds off the cast as a gullible cop who nearly finds out that the other four have been up to no good. There's no doubt that The Trouble With Harry is an acquired taste; but if this taste is to your liking then you're in for a delectable treat!

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I'm surprised this movie is so highly rated jawebster2000
My least favourite Hitchcock film, but I still liked it TwiZone
Other three embargoes Hitchkock films anderson-2
Trouble With Harry - where were scenes shot sarn-3
This is absolutely the funniest hitchcock's film never_before_i_see_your_smile
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