The Trouble with Harry

The Trouble with Harry

Director: Alfred Hitchcock Cast: Edmund Gwenn, John Forsythe, Shirley MacLaine

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The trouble with Harry is that he's dead. The scene is a autumnal Vermont village, where a pre-Leave It to Beaver Jerry Mathers stumbles upon Harry's corpse in the woods. Mathers alerts his mother Shirley MacLaine (making her film debut), who recognizes Harry as her ex-husband. Later on, retired sea captain Edmund Gwenn likewise comes across the moribund Harry. Both MacLaine and Gwenn have reason to believe that they're responsible for Harry's demise; MacLaine thinks that she killed Harry by clobbering him with a bottle, while Gwenn is certain that he shot the poor fellow while hunting. As the day draws to a close, seemingly every person in town is convinced that he or she has had some hand in Harry's death, thus they conspire to hide the body from the authorities. Visiting artist John Forsythe, dumbfounded at the calm, collected reactions of the villagers regarding Harry (whose ubiquitous body pops up at the most inopportune moments), solves the "mystery." Though not his most successful film, The Trouble with Harry was one of director Alfred Hitchcock's favorites. The story's whimsical black-comedy elements are perfectly complemented by Bernard Herrmann's playful music score. Best bit: Mildred Natwick, coming upon Gwenn as the latter is strenuously dragging away Harry's corpse, asking offhandedly "What seems to be the trouble, Captain?" The Trouble With Harry was adapted by John Michael Hayes from the novel by John Trevor.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/20/2006
UPC: 0025192831621
Original Release: 1955
Rating: PG
Source: Universal Studios
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Time: 1:40:00
Sales rank: 2,583

Special Features

Closed Caption; The Trouble With Harry Isn't Over; Production notes; Production photographs; Theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Edmund Gwenn Capt. Albert Wiles
John Forsythe Sam Marlowe, the painter
Shirley MacLaine Jennifer Rogers, Harry's Wife
Mildred Natwick Miss Graveley
Mildred Dunnock Mrs. Wiggs
Jerry Mathers Arnie Rogers
Royal Dano Calvin Wiggs
Parker Fennelly Millionaire
Barry Macollum Tramp
Dwight Marfield Dr. Greenbow
Leslie Woolf Art Critic
Philip Truex Harry Worp
Ernest Curt Bach Chauffeur

Technical Credits
Alfred Hitchcock Director,Producer
Robert Burks Cinematographer
Herbert Coleman Associate Producer
Sam Comer Set Decoration/Design
Mack David Songwriter
John P. Fulton Special Effects
John B. Goodman Art Director
John Michael Hayes Screenwriter
Edith Head Costumes/Costume Designer
Bernard Herrmann Score Composer
Howard Joslin Asst. Director
Emile Kuri Production Designer,Set Decoration/Design
Winston H. Leverett Sound/Sound Designer
Harold Lewis Sound/Sound Designer
Alma Macrorie Editor
Hal Pereira Art Director
Raymond Scott Songwriter
Wally Westmore Makeup

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Trouble With Harry
1. Main Titles [1:52]
2. Hunting [3:23]
3. Harry [8:50]
4. Mr. Marlowe [6:40]
5. Miss Gravely [3:32]
6. A Portrait [13:40]
7. The Truth About Harry [5:13]
8. Coffee and Muffins [4:06]
9. A Burial Place [6:58]
10. Whodunit? [2:29]
11. The Old Salt's Home [6:04]
12. No Rest for Harry [7:08]
13. Art Sale [4:24]
14. Harry's Shoes [6:53]
15. A Reason for Murder [5:03]
16. Calvin Wiggs [8:16]
17. The Doctor's Diagnosis [2:36]
18. Repeat Performance [2:09]

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The Trouble with Harry 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is extremly funny. It isn't the typical Hitchcock film, but that is what makes it so indearing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very slow moving plot. I through it away after watching.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Hitchcock film was taken from the novel of my late Grandad Jack Trevor Story. Although Hitchcock's favourite film I dont think it really manages to capture the brilliance of the book.
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