The Trouble With Harry (1955)


“[after Dr. Greenbow trips over the body] Couldn’t have had more people here if I’d sold tickets.” – Capt. Wiles

Number of Times Seen – Twice (9 Sep 2001 and 15 Oct 2018)

Brief Synopsis – After a dead body is found in a small town, the people all try to decide what to do with the body.

My Take on it – In my attempt to watch and review all of Alfred Hitchcock’s films, I came across this dark comedy that I saw once 17 years ago and didn’t recall that much about what happens.

This is among one of Hitchcock’s best films because he is able to create a dark comedy that works on numerous levels due largely to the over the top premise and how it all plays out.

The dialogue between the characters is written superbly that we can easily believe that these are all real people who have been thrust into this in-ordinary situation.

We are able to see what kind of people each of them are by the way that they act and speak with regard to the strange subject matter even if they all act as if it’s a normal kind of occurrence for them.

The interactions between the characters is so much fun to watch because it all is done so well by the Master of suspense.

The cast is superb with John Forsythe, Shirley MacLaine, Edmund Gwenn and Mildred Natwick all giving great performances in this movie.

The way that this dark comedy is presented is done in such a subtle way yet it works so well that this is truly one of the best

Bottom Line – Excellent Hitchcock dark comedy that works on various levels. The dialogue is superb and helps give us an idea as to who each of the characters are underneath it all. The way that the characters interact is spectacular and it’s great how things move along in a matter of fact fashion despite the fact that this is a strange subject to be dealing with. The cast is excellent with Forsythe, MacLaine, Gwenn and Natwick all giving great subtle performances here.  Among Hitchcock’s best films! Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – “What seems to be the trouble, Captain?” was Alfred Hitchcock’s favorite line from all his movies. (From IMDB)

Rating – Oscar Worthy (9/10)

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