Entertainment Weekly - 10/21/1994
"...Cutesy black comedy....MacLaine invests it with serious kink..." -- Rating: B
Los Angeles Times - 03/06/1992
"...The acting is remarkable. Everyone is so low-key that the humor sort of sidles up to you..."
Description by OLDIES.com:
Academy Award winner Edmund Gwenn, John Forsythe, Mildred Natwick and Jerry Mathers star in this charming comedy mystery. The Trouble With Harry is that he's dead, and while no one really minds, everyone feels responsible. Academy Award winner Shirley MacLaine makes her screen debut in this New England romp that includes romance, humor...and several unearthings of the corpse. In The Trouble With Harry, the Master of Suspense proves the range of his genius with a decidedly different work.
This black comedy from Alfred Hitchcock was based on Jack Turner's novel. When a retired sea captain, out doing a little rabbit hunting, discovers Harry's lifeless body in the hilltops of small-town Vermont, he erroneously believes that he is responsible for Harry's untimely demise. So he decides to bury the corpse to cover his tracks. But Harry just won't stay in the ground. Soon the dead man--through no fault of his own--has set off a series of comic misunderstandings, as the town spinster and Harry's wife also blame themselves for his death. THE TROUBLE WITH HARRY was not a runaway hit when it was released, but it holds up very well, demonstrating the director's sharp and morbid humor. It is one of the few comic turns Hitchcock made, and it compares favorably with his other lighter works, MR. AND MRS. SMITH and RICH AND STRANGE, shedding the romantic comedy for grimmer subject matter and satirical wit, which probably suited him more. This was Shirley MacLaine's first film; she gives an enjoyable performance as Harry's ex-wife. The film also features Jerry Mathers of LEAVE IT TO BEAVER fame. An uncredited star of the film is the Vermont location, seen in all its full autumn splendor.
Alfred Hitchcock shifts gears for this unusual black comedy, set in New England, concerning the problems a dead man causes his former neighbors. The trouble with Harry is that he is dead, and while no one seems to mind, everyone he used to know thinks they killed him. How did Harry really die'
Black Comedy |
Hitchcock cameo: About 20 minutes into the film Hitchcock walks past the limousine of a man who is looking at paintings.
Filmed on location in Vermont.
The film is based on a novel by the British writer Jack Trevor.
The film marked Shirley MacLaine's feature-film debut.