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Trouble With Harry

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Tookey's Rating
7 /10
Average Rating
6.15 /10
Edmund Gwenn, Mildred Natwick , Shirley MacLaine
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Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock
Written by: John Michael Hayes , from novel by Jack Trevor Story

Released: 1955
Origin: US
Colour: C
Length: 99

A corpse poses problems for various people in New England.
Reviewed by Chris Tookey

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A classic macabre comedy, panned on release for being tasteless. Actually, the tastelessness is part of the fun; and this is the film in which Hitchcock comes closest to Bunuel in his sly mockery of bourgeois society. John Michael Hayes's script starts out as farcical, then deepens into something more disturbing. Harry is one of the few examples of film noir to make effective use of colour: Robert Burke's Technicolor exteriors of autumnal Vermont are superb, and add to the feeling of decay. Edward Herrmann's jaunty score, his first for Hitchcock, helps keep the audience pleasantly off-balance throughout. Although John Forsythe is, er, stiff, the rest of the cast is lively enough, with Shirley MacLaine's debut (as Harry's widow) especially amusing. The film was one of Hitchcock's favourites, but a rare failure for him at the box office.

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