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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 (141 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 (141 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000055Y17
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #106,101 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Trouble with Harry" on IMDb

Special Features

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

  • Editorial Reviews

    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
    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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    17 of 19 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
    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 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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    9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Offbeat but wonderful Hitchcock November 26, 2000
    Format:VHS Tape
    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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    6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars a masterpiece... February 1, 2002
    By Ogopogo
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    My favorite of Hitch's films and one of my all-time favorites. Made the year I was born (1955), Harry endeared himself to me upon my very first viewing. From the delightful characters to the gorgeous Vermont scenery, Harry is a true classic. I cannot think of a more enjoyable film. If you have not seen Harry, you owe it to yourself to do so: it is a treat.
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    5.0 out of 5 stars wife and i both liked this movie georgeous fall colors and a dead guy
    my wife says it was funny has the guy from leave it to beaver and shirley mcclain's first movie (only 19 at the time, I think). Read more
    Published 7 days ago by C. Folger
    4.0 out of 5 stars Shirley Emerges for The World to Love.
    This was a small film with lousy fake scenery. But that is not the point, All of the characters were zany and very much fun to watch. Read more
    Published 13 days ago by Bob T.
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great, great classic! A MUST SEE more than once!!
    I have loved this movie since I first saw it years ago. It never ceases to amuse. The HD version makes the film so clear and great to see all the pretty scenery of the New... Read more
    Published 23 days ago by Bagpipegnat
    5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful color in this underappreciated Hitchcock classic
    This is a wonderful character-driven comedy, in which a dead body is central, but never serious. Everyone seems to be having a great time, and Shirley MacLaine in her screen debut... Read more
    Published 28 days ago by Stephen
    5.0 out of 5 stars The art in The Trouble With Harry.
    I adore this movie: the setting, the story, and, not the least, the art, and the nuances about the art in, and outside that setting. Read more
    Published 1 month ago by M
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie
    I love this movie. I had it on VHS and was pretty pleased to find a new one (wore out the old one). I can't wait to watch it again.
    Published 1 month ago by Daisy Lynn
    5.0 out of 5 stars A comedy directed by Alfred Hitchcock?
    This is a quirky but thoroughly enjoyable film. I very much recommend the special features. The vision of Hitchcock and crew painting individual leaves by hand to decorate the set... Read more
    Published 1 month ago by Joseph L. Reichardt
    5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorites
    Funny,Lite Dark humor from the best Directors ever. I even made the trip up to Cratfsburry,Vt to see the the Church and area where it was filmed.
    Published 1 month ago by J. SCHWEND
    5.0 out of 5 stars Parents
    This is a good movie and my parents like to watch it at times. It keeps them occupied when traveling
    Published 2 months ago by Tanya Pownall
    4.0 out of 5 stars Dark comedy, but very funny
    The Trouble with Harry is a comedy directed by Alfred Hitchcock, full of plot twists and misdirection. Read more
    Published 2 months ago by Mark A Stauffer
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