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The Trouble With Harry (Widescreen)

John Forsythe , Shirley MacLaine , Alfred Hitchcock    PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)   DVD
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Le problème avec Harry, c'est qu'il est mort. Tel un cartoon, Mais qui a tué Harry ? présente un large panel de personnages, soit drôles, soit agaçants, qui ont la particularité commune de complètement se désintéresser du pauvre cadavre qu'ils rencontrent à tour de rôle. Le mort, Harry, une fois identifié, devient la cause de multiples stratagèmes destinés à le cacher. Il est d'abord enterré puis déterré, enterré à nouveau… Rarement l'humour grinçant d'Alfred Hitchcock n'a pu s'exprimer autant que dans Mais qui a tué Harry ?, une de ses vraies comédies qu'il citait souvent comme étant un de ses films préférés. D'autre part, la joyeuse partition de Bernard Herrmann complète parfaitement l'humour noir de cette étrange histoire, et le charme affiché par la débutante Shirley McLaine rompt avec les héroïnes "glacées" présentes dans les autres films d'Hitchcock. --Christophe Gagnot

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5.0 out of 5 stars an unpretentious gem Sept. 5 2006
The Trouble with Harry is just good. It's a simple story with a straightforward and unaffected dark humour. The actors all hold their own and work well together. It's aesthetically pleasing and the score by Bernard Herrmann hits exactly the right note. Like a fine red autumn apple it's tasty and satisfying.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Harry just lies around and gets dirty May 23 2003
By bernie TOP 100 REVIEWER
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A young kid Arnie Rogers (Jerry Mathers, Theodore 'Beaver' Cleaver in the Leave it to Beaver series) is playing in a field and some shots are fired. Soon Arnie comes upon a body. We are now prepared for suspense and mystery.

Turns out pretty formula; in the sense that everybody and nobody could have done it. At first it seems slow and weird as no one acts normal even for a movie character. They are all slow, nonchalant, and distracted. Harry gets dragged around and buried in controversy.

Soon you can really get wrapped up in the story and anticipate the end. The movie never picks up speed; you just have more loose ends to follow. No one cares who bumped Harry off or if they did as long as it does not affect his or her future.

The draw to this movie now days and maybe then is the list of actors and the introduction of Shirley MacLaine. Edmund Gwenn looks pretty old here and is remembered also for his performance in "Outward Bound" (1930) 25 years earlier. Being directed by Alfred Hitchcock, there is still that Hitchcock feel. So sit back and enjoy it for what it is.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Hitchcock's very "off center" black comedy June 29 2004
In the classic "Twilight Zone" episode "Five Characters in Search of an Exit," viewers are introduced to just that: a ballerina, an Army officer, a clown, a tramp, and a bagpipe player seeking to escape from a cylindrical prison. At the end of the show, it is revealed that they are actually dolls that want "out"" from their round "home".
While the four major characters in "The Trouble with Harry" are not dolls, they are definitely trying to "escape" from a prison of sorts, a prison of guilt over Harry's death of which they feel responsible. In a series of coincidences/mishaps stars Edmund Gwenn (a former ship captain), John Forsythe (a painter), Shirley MacLaine (single parent), and Mildred Natwick (a spinster) either "kill", "bury", or "resurrect" the dearly departed. But, Harry proves to be an illusive corpse.
None of the eccentric characters shows much remorse because Harry wasn't a very likeable person; in fact, there is a lot of witty repartee between them as they discuss that to do with him.
While this is far from one of "The Master's" best, it benefits from delightfully droll performances, a light-hearted Bernard Herrmann score, and post card-like images of New England, the film's setting.
Rounding out the cast are a pre-"Beaver" Jerry Mathers as MacLaine's son, Mildred Dunnock as a local shopkeeper, and Royal Dano as the shopkeeper's police deputy son.
Dano had a long career as a character actor and can be heard as the voice of Abraham Lincoln at the Disney theme parks' "Hall of Presidents".
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4.0 out of 5 stars Harry's Holiday Oct. 8 2002
Director Alfred Hitchcock's 1955 film, THE TROUBLE WITH HARRY, is a dark mystery/comedy, that is time well spent. When a corpse suddenly appears, the residents of a small New England town are left to wonder how the victim died. After several failed attemps to bury the corpse, the townspeople are shocked to learn the true "Trouble" with Harry. Edmund Gwenn, John Forsythe, a young Jerry Mathers, and Shirley MacLaine (in her first film) all dive right into their roles. Thanks to its dark sense of humor and with Hitcock at the helm, the film remains good for a chuckle or two. Athough, I have to admit, that the movie is not my favorite among Hitchcock films, it still has plenty to like.
The DVD has a 30 minute-plus retrospective documentary, just like many other Hitchcock films on disc. As a follower of the director, I find these documentaries informative and well produced by Laurent Bouzereau. It also includes a photo gallery, with both production and publcity photgraghs. Rounding out the extras on the DVD are cast and crew information, production notes, and the vintage theatrical trailer. Recommended
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Hitchcock was hardly a one-note director. He functioned in a variety of modes, and while the various films he made possessed a family resemblance to one another, they are not monolithically the same. If one only allows him or herself to enjoy the out-and-out suspense films like NORTH BY NORTHWEST or STRANGERS ON A TRAIN, this could very possibly be a film that will not bring pleasure or enjoyment. But if, instead, the viewer is able to be open to something a little bit different, this film can be a source of unexpected delight.
I first saw this film as part of the revival of the "Five Missing Hitchcock" Films in the early 1980s, the others being THE MAN WHO KNEW TOO MUCH (the Jimmy Stewart version), REAR WINDOW, ROPE, and VERTIGO. While VERTIGO and REAR WINDOW were the two films causing the biggest stir, I was pleasantly surprised by THE TROUBLE WITH HARRY. Hitchcock has always vacillated between comedy and suspense, with some films containing more, and others less, of the former. Except for MR. AND MRS. SMITH, however, this film comes the closest of any of his films to pure comedy.
The trouble with Harry, of course, is that he is dead and won't stay buried. The other trouble is that a vast number of individuals may have had a motive for killing him. But how and why he died is decidedly unimportant. Instead, his corpse provides the basis for a series of mildly complicated situations, as his body is shifted and moved and brooded over.
This movie was the extraordinarily cute Shirley MacLaine's film debut, and she is enormously fetching in it. John Forsythe plays the male lead, but the woodenness of his performance mars his performance somewhat (for the uninitiated, he later was the voice of "Charlie" on CHARLIE'S ANGELS).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I love this movie! Beautiful!
Published 25 days ago by sylvie poitevin
4.0 out of 5 stars I'm grateful to you for burying my body
In a way, Alfred Hitchcock making a dark comedy makes perfect sense -- his movies have dead bodies AND clever dialogue. Why not make a movie about both of them? Read more
Published 8 months ago by E. A Solinas
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent sur toute la ligne !
Le produit m'a été livré dans le délai prévu. La qualité mentionnée était exacte. Read more
Published 20 months ago by MFJ
5.0 out of 5 stars NO TROUBLE WITH THIS MOVIE
Absolutely hilarious. A nice change of pace for Alfred Hitchcock. The acting in this movie is amazing and worth watching over and over. Read more
Published on Oct. 17 2012 by Jayclue
4.0 out of 5 stars Good.
'The Trouble With Harry' is yet another fantasic mystery from Alfred Hitchcock. Although I don't remember the storyline too much, I remember liking it enough to give it a... Read more
Published on April 26 2004 by Dhaval Vyas
2.0 out of 5 stars Trouble with Hitchcock
Alfred Hitchcock always had a soft spot for his misfires; perfectionist that he was, he probably wondered what went wrong and how he could have fixed it. Read more
Published on March 15 2003
4.0 out of 5 stars delicious Hitchcock black comedy
THE TROUBLE WITH HARRY was a radical departure for Hitchcock, and proved to be a lukewarm success with audiences. Read more
Published on July 27 2002 by Byron Kolln
3.0 out of 5 stars This May Sound Blasphemous, But I Wasn't Wild About This.
Hitchcock has never, ever, made a bad movie. 1955's "The Trouble With Harry" is actually a pretty competent film, but when paired next to "North by Northwest"... Read more
Published on July 21 2002 by The Groove
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