The Trouble With Harry
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The trouble with Harry is that he's dead. The scene is a autumnal Vermont village, where a pre-Leave It to Beaver Jerry Mathers stumbles upon Harry's corpse in the woods. Mathers alerts his mother Shirley MacLaine (making her film debut), who recognizes Harry as her ex-husband. Later on, retired sea captain Edmund Gwenn likewise comes across the moribund Harry. Both MacLaine and Gwenn have reason to believe that they're responsible for Harry's demise; MacLaine thinks that she killed Harry by clobbering him with a bottle, while Gwenn is certain that he shot the poor fellow while… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 90%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"This latest of Mr. Hitchcock's efforts is a curiously whimsical thing."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"I love it. I've seen it more times than just about any other Hitchcock."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"It's not helped by the wooden performances of the leads."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Despite the artifice, or perhaps partly because of it, the film manages to be enjoyable."
‑ Jeremy Heilman,
"One of the absolute funniest movies of the 1950s, not least because it is perhaps the most puckish."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"highly entertaining romantic comedy that still has the Hitchcock touch--a dark comedy using a dead body as the central MacGuffin"
‑ John A. Nesbit, Old School Reviews
"Hitchcock does comedy! MacLaine's film debut."
‑ Lori Hoffman, Atlantic City Weekly
"Hitchcock's comedic charms shine in this delightful story about a corpse that just won't stay buried."
‑ Marjorie Baumgarten, Austin Chronicle
"A spirited irreverence about the power of death pervades. Think of this as a relief valve compared to most of Hitchcock's other films."
‑ Josh Larsen, LarsenOnFilm
"Beautifully subtle suspense with a sprinkle of black humor."
‑ Cole Smithey,
"Very underrated black comedy from Hitchcock is really one of his best works."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"This is a quirky and surprisingly low-key comedy that's more amusing than funny; it's witty, but rarely hilarious."
‑ Brian Webster, Apollo Guide
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