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The Trouble with Harry -- Oscar winner Shirley MacLaine makes her screen debut in this comedy mystery that stars Edmund Gwenn and John Forsythe and includes romance, humor... and several unearthings of a corpse.


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John Michael Hayes (screenplay)
Jack Trevor Story (based on the novel by)
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Release Date:
3 October 1955 (USA) See more »
A comedy about a corpse. See more »
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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Won Golden Globe. Another 4 nominations See more »
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Entertaining Change-Of-Pace From Hitchcock See more (145 total) »


  (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 (costumes)
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)
Edward 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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99 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.50 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
Argentina:13 | Australia:PG | Brazil:12 | Canada:PG | Finland:K-12 | Ireland:PG | Peru:14 | Portugal:M/12 | Spain:13 | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) (passed with cuts) | UK:PG (tv rating) | UK:PG (video rating) (1988) (2002) | USA:PG | USA:Approved (MPAA rating: certificate #17335) | USA:TV-G (TV rating) | West Germany:12 (nf)
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Did You Know?

When Sam Marlowe guesses Miss Ivy Gravely's age, he guesses 50. She then tells him she is only 42. The actress playing her was born in 1905, making her 50 years old.See more »
Revealing mistakes: The word - ADMITTANCE - is misspelled on the Post Office sign in Wiggs Emporium. It reads: NO ADDMITANCE P.O.DEPT.See more »
Captain:Marriage is a good way to spend the winter.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in "Jeopardy!: Episode #22.70" (2005)See more »
Flaggin' the Train to TuscaloosaSee more »


John Forsythe---When Did He Sign With Hitch?
What is the trouble with Harry?
Shirley MacLaine---When Did She Sign For "Harry"?
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18 out of 21 people found the following review useful.
Entertaining Change-Of-Pace From Hitchcock, 17 July 2001
Author: Snow Leopard from Ohio

This is a real change-of-pace from Hitchcock, and some of his most devoted fans do not really enjoy "The Trouble With Harry", but it is quite entertaining if you appreciate Hitchcock's subtle British sense of humor. There are funnier black comedies, but this one holds up pretty well, and has a number of things going for it.

'Harry' appears only as a dead body, discovered at the beginning of the film in a clearing outside a picturesque New England town. More than one of the residents feels responsible for Harry's death - so, just by being there, Harry sets off a lengthy chain of events in the lives of several persons in the town. There are no tremendous laughs, but a lot of good low-key wit, much of it having to do what the situation brings out about the various characters' perspectives on themselves and others. The cast is pretty good, and the scenery is beautiful, some of the best in any Hitchcock film.

There is not the action or suspense in this one that most fans associate with Hitchcock. But if you appreciate Hitchcock's sense of humor - for example, the kinds of subtly ghoulish remarks that he used to make on his television shows - give it a try.

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