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The Trouble with Harry (1955)

John Forsythe , Royal Dano , Alfred Hitchcock  |  PG |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (150 customer reviews)


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  • Actors: John Forsythe, Royal Dano, Mildred Dunnock, Edmund Gwenn, Shirley MacLaine
  • Directors: Alfred Hitchcock
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • DVD Release Date: March 6, 2001
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (150 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000055Y17
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #210,900 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Trouble with Harry" on IMDb

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  • The Trouble With Harry Isn't Over
  • Production Photographs
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Production Notes
  • Cast and Filmmakers
  • Recommendations

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    Master of Suspense Alfred Hitchcock directs a delightful comedy-mystery set in New England. It stars John Forsythe, Academy Award winner Edmund Gwenn, Mildred Natwick, and little Jerry Mathers. In addition it marks the noteworthy screen debut of Academy Award - winner Shirley MacLaine. What is THE TROUBLE WITH HARRY? Well, it's the fact that he's dead, and while no one really minds, everybody thinks they are responsible. After several unearthings of the corpse, plenty of humor a la Hitchcock, and love affairs between the major characters, the real cause of death is revealed, and Harry troubles no one again. It's a delightful romp and a decidedly different movie from the Master of Suspense.

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    32 of 35 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Unexpectedly different mystery comedy from the Master October 6, 2002
    Format:DVD
    Hitchcock was hardly a one-note director. He functioned in a variety of modes, and while the various films he made possessed a family resemblance to one another, they are not monolithically the same. If one only allows him or herself to enjoy the out-and-out suspense films like NORTH BY NORTHWEST or STRANGERS ON A TRAIN, this could very possibly be a film that will not bring pleasure or enjoyment. But if, instead, the viewer is able to be open to something a little bit different, this film can be a source of unexpected delight.

    I first saw this film as part of the revival of the "Five Missing Hitchcock" Films in the early 1980s, the others being THE MAN WHO KNEW TOO MUCH (the Jimmy Stewart version), REAR WINDOW, ROPE, and VERTIGO. While VERTIGO and REAR WINDOW were the two films causing the biggest stir, I was pleasantly surprised by THE TROUBLE WITH HARRY. Hitchcock has always vacillated between comedy and suspense, with some films containing more, and others less, of the former. Except for MR. AND MRS. SMITH, however, this film comes the closest of any of his films to pure comedy.

    The trouble with Harry, of course, is that he is dead and won't stay buried. The other trouble is that a vast number of individuals may have had a motive for killing him. But how and why he died is decidedly unimportant. Instead, his corpse provides the basis for a series of mildly complicated situations, as his body is shifted and moved and brooded over.
    This movie was the extraordinarily cute Shirley MacLaine's film debut, and she is enormously fetching in it. John Forsythe plays the male lead, but the woodenness of his performance mars his performance somewhat (for the uninitiated, he later was the voice of "Charlie" on CHARLIE'S ANGELS).
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    18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars I'm the 11-year old Below December 19, 2000
    Format:VHS Tape
    THE TROUBLE WITH HARRY is a morbid [dark] comedy, full of witty dialogue and offbeat performances. It is a masterpiece of dreary atmosphere(set in a beautiful fall country setting)and wonderful realization. It is endearing and feel-good, morbid and dark, and funny yet subtle, too. Alfred Hitchcock does good with this film. Edmund Gwenn is perfect, John Forsythe is intelligent, Mildred Natwick is endearing, Shirley Maclaine is wonderfully offbeat, Jerry Mathers is cute, and Mildred Dunnock is marvelously bland. The soundtrack is very whimsical and sets the mood perfectly. I recommend it to everyone. Also, if you can get hold of the novel of the same name by J. Trevor Story, it is excellent also with many funny additions.
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    16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars delicious Hitchcock black comedy July 27, 2002
    Format:DVD
    THE TROUBLE WITH HARRY was a radical departure for Hitchcock, and proved to be a lukewarm success with audiences. Upon re-examination, we can see some of the magic that Hitchcock was trying to achieve with this delicious black comedy.
    Set in the colorful expanse of New England in the glowing hues of autumn, the story is about the troublesome corpse, Harry. Everyone in the sleepy locale believes that he or she may have had a hand in bringing about his demise, but no-one really cares what happens to him. His nonchalant wife (Shirley MacLaine) is already flirting with the handsome artist (John Forsythe) and the rest of the "suspects" also have more important things on their minds. But Harry has a way of popping up...in the most improper of places and circumstances!
    Shirley MacLaine made her auspicious film debut inn the role of Harry's wife (after being spotted subbing for Carol Haney in a performance of Broadway's "The Pajama Game"). Her performance shows what greatness was to follow (acclaimed, award-winning and nominated performances in THE TURNING POINT, TERMS OF ENDEARMENT, STEEL MAGNOLIAS, IRMA LA DOUCE and THE APARTMENT).
    Mildred Natwick and Edmund Gwenn, as the older lovers, are fantastic and give sly, comedic performances. The film also featuresc a pre-"Leave It To Beaver" Jerry Mathers.
    The DVD includes the featurette "The Trouble with Harry Isn't Over", the trailer and art gallery.
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    10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Offbeat but wonderful Hitchcock November 26, 2000
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    Shot in a blaze of Autumn colors in Barre and Craftsbury Common Vermont, "Harry" is Hitchcock's black comedy. The story opens with young Arnie Rogers ("The Beaver" Jerry Mathers) discovering a corpse lying in a open field. He runs home tells his air-head mother Jennifer (Shirley MacLaine) what he found. Jennifer thinks she did Harry in, but so does Captain Wiles (Edmund Gwenn) and Ivy Gravely (Mildred Natwick) and as a result, Harry gets buried and dug up so many times we lose track. The film is about how these diffident denizens of a small Vermont town relate, gradually revealing more and more about themselves. The dialog is wonderful, but you have to like films that move slowly with lots of conversation, if you do, you will love "Harry." The photography is magnificent, the beauty of Vermont pours through. Vermont still looks just like it did when "Harry" was filmed, fantastic.
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    7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Life, death, sex and lots of laughs August 17, 2000
    Format:VHS Tape
    Hitchcock was always funny, even in his darkest and most suspenseful films, but in this movie he decided to pursue all the comic possibilities lurking in what could have been a horror scenario: a corpse that won't stay buried, feelings of terrible guilt, innocent people falsely incriminated, the usual Hitchcock bag of tricks except that here it's all played for laughs. Something else worth mentioning is that without a single nude scene or crude word, this film manages to be sexier and more outrageous than anything on the screen in this free-and-easy era when film-makers keep trying to one-up eachother with outrageous shock effects. Some of the double-entendres make you laugh with sheer disbelief that they ever got past the censors. At the risk of spoiling a great laugh line, I have to mention one -- "She's a well preserved woman, and preserves have to be opened sometime!"
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    5.0 out of 5 stars Different but truly entertaining movie
    This is one of those movies that I like to watch on a nice crisp fall afternoon because of the scenery and I like the movie as well. Very entertaining and quirky story
    Published 3 days ago by DELILAH
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    great
    Published 8 days ago by George
    5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Comedy
    I am glad that this is part of your collection. It is a really funny Hitchcock film. You should offer more of these classics.
    Published 1 month ago by James L. Mcdowell
    5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Movie
    I love this movie, it was Shirley McLane's debut and it is wonderfully funny. With a great cast including John Forsythe as the artist that falls in love with Shirley McLane and... Read more
    Published 1 month ago by Lynn D. Wright
    5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorites
    This was one of Hitchcock's favorite films of all his masterpieces, and it is my favorite of all the Hitchcock films. Read more
    Published 1 month ago by Rarkm
    5.0 out of 5 stars The trouble with Harry
    Great late Hitchcock. Quirky, funny, murder involved but always comedic. Shirley Maclaine is resplendent. All the characters well delineated and also with an idealistic message.
    Published 1 month ago by cecilia brunazzi
    5.0 out of 5 stars A FUN HITCHCOCK MOVIE,,, QUIET HUMOR,,,
    THIS MOVIE IS FULL OF CHARMING SCENES OF VERMONT,,,THE AUTUMN LEAVES/TREES ARE GORGEOUS ,,,A VERY YOUNG SHIRLEY MACLAINE ,,HER FIRST MAJOR MOVIE ROLE,,, THE ACTORS, ACTING IS... Read more
    Published 2 months ago by georgette lee
    4.0 out of 5 stars amusing
    Amazon is the only place I was able to find this movie for viewing, I really enjoyed it; irony with a bit of satire thrown in.
    Published 2 months ago by spunrubbermat
    5.0 out of 5 stars Trouble with humor.
    This is an old family favorite that our kids still talke about. Alfred Hitchcock shows some humor in this one. It took some turns we didn't expect. Read more
    Published 2 months ago by Kenneth D. Huston
    4.0 out of 5 stars Really Cute and not in a bad way
    The slower pacing takes some getting used to, but the relationships of the characters and especially their very pragmatic attitude toward Harry are worth giving close attention
    Published 2 months ago by Professor Hannah M. Hardgrave
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