The Trouble with Harry
The Trouble with Harry is a 1955 American Technicolor black comedy film directed by Alfred Hitchcock. It starred Edmund Gwenn, John Forsythe, Mildred Natwick, Jerry Mathers and Shirley MacLaine in her film debut. The film was released in the United States on September 30, 1955, then re-released in 1984.
About The Trouble with Harry in brief
The Trouble with Harry is a 1955 American Technicolor black comedy film directed by Alfred Hitchcock. It starred Edmund Gwenn, John Forsythe, Mildred Natwick, Jerry Mathers and Shirley MacLaine in her film debut. The story is about how the residents of a small Vermont village react when the dead body of a man named Harry is found on a hillside. The film was released in the United States on September 30, 1955, then re-released in 1984 once the distribution rights had been acquired by Universal Pictures. In the meantime, Sam and Jennifer have fallen in love and wish to marry, and the Captain and Miss Gravely have also become a couple. In any case, no one is upset at all about Harry’s death. However, they all are hoping that the body will not come to the attention of cold, humorless Deputy Sheriff Calvin Wiggs, who earns his living per arrest. They bury the body and then dig it up again several times throughout the day. They then hide the body in a bathtub before finally putting it back on the hill where it first appeared, in order to make it appear as if it was just discovered.
Finally it is learned that Harry died of natural causes; no foul play at all was involved. It was one of Hitchcock’s few true comedies. The film also contained what was, for the time, frank dialogue. The paintings of the character Sam Marlowe were painted by American abstractist artist John Ferren, who was present during principal photography in Vermont. While there, there was hardly any foliage left; to achieve a full effect, leaves were glued to the trees. In the film, a 500-lb camera fell from a great height and barely missed hitting the roof of the gym. Hitchcock was particularly interested in color, which he thought would be resonant with the autumnal colors of that year. Other details on the making of the film are in Steven DeRosa’s book Writing with Hitchcock’s book, The Trouble With Harry, which is published by Simon & Schuster at $25.