Trouble with Harry, The (Paramount 1955, Shirley MacLaine, John Forsythe)

The Trouble With Harry

Alfred Hitchcock winks at his predilection for the macabre with The Trouble With Harry, a black comedy romp around a troublesome dead body. MacLaine’s son (a pre-Leave It To Beaver Jerry Mathers) finds a corpse who turns out to be MacLaine’s ex.

Gripped with guilt and panic, she buries the body, but it keeps moving thanks to other guilty parties such as batty old lady Natwick and sea captain Gwenn. Romance follows for the guilty parties and accessory-after-the-fact Forsythe. Bernard Herrmann’s first of many brilliant scores for the famed director, and Shirley MacLaine’s first screen appearance.

Bernard Herrmann’s witty score for The Trouble with Harry was his first of eight credits on Hitchcock films, including the classics Vertigo (1958), North by Northwest (1959) and Psycho (1960).

Cast: Shirley MacLaine, Mildred Natwick, Jerry Mathers, Royal Dano, Mildred Dunnock, John Forsythe, Edmund Gwenn,

Producer and Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Original Story: Jack Trevor
Director of Photography: Robert Burks
Editor: Alma Macrorie
Composer: Bernard Herrmann
Screenwriter: John Hayes
Art Directors: John B. Goodman, Hal Pereira

USA / Paramount / 100 minutes / 1955

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