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The Trouble with Harry (1955)

The trouble with Harry is that he's dead, and everyone seems to have a different idea of what should be done with his body.

Director:

Alfred Hitchcock

Writers:

John Michael Hayes (screenplay), Jack Trevor Story (based on the novel by)
Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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 Parker Fennelly ... Millionaire
Barry Macollum Barry Macollum ... Tramp
Dwight Marfield Dwight Marfield ... Dr. Greenbow
Shirley MacLaine ... Jennifer Rogers
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

SOMEBODY PULLED A CROAK JOB! (original print ad - all caps) See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Mystery

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 October 1955 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Alfred Hitchcock's The Trouble with Harry See more »

Filming Locations:

Morrisville, Vermont, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,200,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.50 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Philip Truex's cameo as the deceased title character is his last appearance in a movie. See more »

Goofs

In the second-to-last scene there is a large wet spot on Jennifer's blouse. A few seconds later, the wet spot is completely gone. See more »

Quotes

Sam Marlowe: Didn't know you had such a pretty mother, Arnie.
Arnie: You think she's pretty, you should see my slingshot.
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Crazy Credits

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

Alternate Versions

In a version seen on commercial television in the UK, several scenes and parts of scenes were cut. Most noticeable was the removal of the scene in which Sam, the artist played by John Forsythe, walks through the village in long shot singing "Flaggin' the Train to Tuscaloosa" (still present in the titles). Also, the doctor's brief appearances up to his final discovery of the body were cut, making Sam's prior inclusion of his name in the list of people who could go to the police rather confusing! This also meant the 'famous' shot used on the posters of Sam and the Captain each holding one of Harry's legs was cut. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Trouble with Cali (2012) 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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Better than I expected
1 April 2000 | by Beefy-2See all my reviews

When I read the box at the video store, I thought it sounded a little silly, but since it was directed buy Hitchcock, I decided to give it a try. I was glad I did!

This film does a good job at showing what life is like (in a twisted way) in a small American town. Of course the whole thing is a black comedy about a corpse, but it's great fun, and suspenseful too, especially when Calvin is in the room, questioning everybody. I didn't understand why the door kept opening, but maybe it was just a joke - normally the door would signal a killer entering or something like that - but the door is never any cause for alarm.

All the actors are good, especially Gwenn, and Mrs. Gravely was so endearing. Don't ignore this lesser known Hitchcock movie. It's a treat to watch and is genuinely funny.


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