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The Trouble with Harry

The Trouble with Harry

Director:Alfred Hitchcock
Cast:Edmund Gwenn, Mildred Natwick
Release Date:1955
Genre:Black Comedy

By Lee Gardner | Posted 4/16/2008

Black comedy is a screen staple now, but back in 1955 only Alfred Hitchcock would have built a romantic romp around a corpse. The trouble with Harry, of course, is that he's dead, discovered lying peacefully on a hillside bathed in autumnal golds and reds above a sleepy Vermont village. Retired sea captain Wiles (Edmund Gwenn) worries that he accidentally shot Harry while hunting, young single mom Mrs. Rogers (a gamine Shirley MacLaine in her first screen role) is strangely relieved that he's dead, spinster-ish Miss Gravely (Mildred Natwick) knows more than she's telling, and eccentric local abstract expressionist Sam Marlow (John Forsythe) just wants to help, whether it's burying Harry, or digging him up, or burying him again, and so on. Harry is lighthearted, bordering on lightheaded, but its extra-dry wit and Hitchcock's naturally mordant sensibility make it a droll delight.

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