The Trouble with Harry | 1955    

Updated April 9, 2021

Summary & Info

The Trouble with Harry
Harry’s body does not seem to want to stay buried in a small Vermont village during a warm autumn day. Some of the villagers keep burying Harry, while others unearth him, and all trying to figure out what to do with the pesky body. Cast: John Forsythe, Shirley MacLaine, Edmund Gwenn, Jerry Mathers and Mildred Natwick. Director: Alfred Hitchcock. [1:39 – PG]

Dueling Critics

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“The thing that makes this a great film, and one of Hitchcock’s best, is how charming the characters are in spite of their basic apathy towards the death of Harry….we feel like things will work out, because the people involved in the story have all become a team in their efforts to do right by them, and are not bad people, in their own right.”
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“With the exception of the glorious Technicolor exteriors of Vermont leaves, director Hitchcock and photographer Robert Burks don’t do anything particularly interesting. John Michael Hayes’s screenplay is so confined it often feels like Harry is a stage adaptation. It’s not; Hayes’s script is just stagy.”

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The Trouble with Harry | 1955

    

Updated April 9, 2021

Critical Consensus

Dueling Critics

thumbs-up“The thing that makes this a great film, and one of Hitchcock’s best, is how charming the characters are in spite of their basic apathy towards the death of Harry….we feel like things will work out, because the people involved in the story have all become a team in their efforts to do right by them, and are not bad people, in their own right.”
thumbs-up“With the exception of the glorious Technicolor exteriors of Vermont leaves, director Hitchcock and photographer Robert Burks don’t do anything particularly interesting. John Michael Hayes’s screenplay is so confined it often feels like Harry is a stage adaptation. It’s not; Hayes’s script is just stagy.”

Summary & Info

The Trouble with Harry
Harry’s body does not seem to want to stay buried in a small Vermont village during a warm autumn day. Some of the villagers keep burying Harry, while others unearth him, and all trying to figure out what to do with the pesky body. Cast: John Forsythe, Shirley MacLaine, Edmund Gwenn, Jerry Mathers and Mildred Natwick. Director: Alfred Hitchcock. [1:39 – PG]

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