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||IMDB Rating: 7.2/10 from votes
||Release: 22 June 1956 (Netherlands) /
||Genre: Comedy, Mystery
||Director: John Michael Hayes,
||Stars: Barry Macollum, Dwight Marfield, Edmund Gwenn, Jerry Mathers, John Forsythe, Mildred Dunnock, Mildred Natwick, Parker Fennelly, Royal Dano, Shirley MacLaine
||Synopsis: There is a dead well-dressed man in a meadow clearing in the hills above a small Vermont town. Captain Albert Wiles, who stumbles across the body and finds by the man's identification that his name is Harry Worp, believes he accidentally shot Harry dead while he was hunting rabbits. Captain Wiles wants to hide the body as he feels it is an easier way to deal with the situation than tell the authorities. While Captain Wiles is in the adjacent forest, he sees other people stumble across Harry, most of whom don't seem to know him or care or notice that he's dead. One person who does see Captain Wiles there is spinster Ivy Gravely, who vows to keep the Captain's secret about Harry. Captain Wiles also Secretly sees a young single mother, Jennifer Rogers, who is the one person who does seem to know Harry and seems happy that he's dead. Later, another person who stumbles across both Harry and Captain Wiles is struggling artist Sam Marlowe, to who Captain Wiles tells the entire story of what ... Written by Huggo
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With all humor, you either get the "joke" or you don't. If you don't,
no amount of explaining can change your mind. If you do, the details
are endlessly enjoyable.
Part of the joke that's "The Trouble With Harry" is that "nothing
happens." Hitchcock's "anti-Hitchcock" film defies expectations for
action, shock, mayhem, suspense, spectacular climaxes on national
monuments, etc. Instead, it's a New England cross-stitch of lovingly
detailed writing, acting, photography, directing and editing.
Saul Steinberg's title illustration tells you exactly what you're in
for. One long pan of a child's drawing of birds and trees . . . ending
with a corpse stretched out on the ground as "Directed by Alfred
Hitchcock" briefly appears.
So meticulously is "The Trouble With Harry" conceived, the only two
images in the title art that are NOT trees, plants or birds are a house
with a rocking chair on its porch and that corpse. The film literally
plays in reverse of the title sequence -- from little Arnie's (Jerry
Mathers, pre-Beaver. The boy who drew the titles?) discovery of the
corpse, back to the home with the rocking chair, as Hitchcock's final
"joke" puts the audience safely to bed. A double bed, in this case.
What's the film about? Oh, Great Big Themes like Life and Death, Youth
and Age, Love and Hate, Guilt and Innocence, Truth and Lies, Art and
Pragmatism -- packaged with deceptive simplicity.
The "hero," Sam Marlowe (John Forsythe), is an artist. The man the
"child" who drew the titles (Arnie, or someone like him) might have
become. His name is an amalgamation of two of hard-boiled fiction's
greatest detectives: Sam Spade and Philip Marlowe. Indeed, Sam Marlowe
functions here as a "sort of" detective. But enough of pointing out the
detailed construction of this script and film: repeated viewings yield
far greater pleasures.
"Introducing Shirley MacLaine" in her first screen role threw that
enduring actress into an astounding mix of old pros: Edmund Gwenn,
Mildred Dunnock, Mildred Natwick and Forsythe. That MacLaine held the
screen then, and still does 50 years later (name another major actor
who can say that), validates Hitchcock's astute casting.
In fact, TTWH is a tribute to cinematic "acting" as much as anything
else. These are among the finest performances ever captured of these
terrific actors. Since there are none of the expected "spectacular"
Hitchcock sequences, nor his nail-biting tension, all that's left is
for the actors to fully inhabit their characters.
That they do with brilliance, efficiency and breathtaking comic timing.
No pratfalls here. Just nuances.
Edmund Gwenn and Mildred Natwick are the real stars. Had Hitchcock said
so, the film would never have been produced. Their scenes (they receive
as much if not more screen time together than Forsythe and MacLaine)
are possibly the most delightful (and yes, romantically and sexually
tense) ever filmed of courtship in middle-and-old age. Perfectly
realized in every intonation and gesture. Occasionally laugh-out-loud
Theirs is paralleled by the courtship of the younger "stars," Forsythe
and MacLaine. "Love" at both ends of life, young and old, and love's
wonderful humor and mysterious redemption, even in the face of death --
that inconvenient corpse on the hill.
Perhaps the most surprising and powerful undertow in "The Trouble With
Harry" (one hesitates to name it because it's handled so delicately) is
It is only barely present in the lines given the characters, but the
subtext is always there. Occasionally, it boils over into an infinitely
subtle burlesque, as in the exchange between Gwenn and Forsythe about
crossing Miss Gravely's (get that name?) "threshold" for the first
The look in Gwenn's eyes and the repressed joy and romantic hope in his
face -- even at his stage of life -- is bliss.
The coffee cup and saucer "for a man's fingers;" the ribbon for Miss
Gravely's newly-cut hair (Wiggy cuts it in the general store -- Mildred
Dunnock in another unbelievably subtle performance -- muttering, "Well,
I guess it will grow back."); Arnie's dead rabbit and live frog; the
constantly shifting implications of guilt in the death of "Harry" up
there on the hill; the characters' struggles to regain innocence by
"doing the right thing"; the closet door that swings open for no
apparent reason (never explained); the characters' revelations of the
truths about themselves; their wishes granted through Sam's
"negotiations" with the millionaire art collector from the "city" --
ALL portrayed within the conservative but ultimately flexible confines
of their New England repression and stoicism (yes, the film is also a
satiric comment on '50s morality) -- these details and more finally
yield a rich tapestry of our common humanity, observed at a particular
time and place, through specific people caught in an absurd yet utterly
Nothing happens? Only somebody who doesn't know how to look and listen
-- REALLY observe, like an artist / creator -- could reach that
conclusion about "The Trouble With Harry." Only a genius, like
Hitchcock, would have the audacity to pull the rug out from under his
audience's expectations at the height of his career by offering a
profoundly subtle morality play in the guise of a slightly macabre
When the final "revelation" arrives, in the last line that takes us
home to the marital bed where love culminates and all human life begins
-- yours and mine -- and draws from us a happy smile of recognition, so
Hitchcock's greatest secret is revealed, more blatantly in this than
any of his films.
"Life and death -- and all of it in between -- are a joke! Don't you
get it?" It's there in all his pictures. Nowhere more lovingly and less
showily presented than in "The Trouble With Harry." Thank you, Hitch.
Tags for The Trouble with Harry Full Movie
, Dwight Marfield
, Edmund Gwenn
, Jerry Mathers
, John Forsythe
, Mildred Dunnock
, Mildred Natwick
, Parker Fennelly
, Royal Dano
, Shirley MacLaine
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