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The Trouble With Harry (Widescreen) [Import]

4.1 out of 5 stars 43 customer reviews

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  • Actors: John Forsythe, Shirley MacLaine, Edmund Gwenn, Mildred Natwick, Mildred Dunnock
  • Directors: Alfred Hitchcock
  • Writers: Jack Trevor Story, John Michael Hayes
  • Producers: Alfred Hitchcock, Herbert Coleman
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, DVD-Video, Widescreen, NTSC, Import
  • Language: English, Spanish
  • Subtitles: French
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: PG
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • Release Date: March 6 2001
  • Run Time: 99 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 43 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B000055Y17
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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Special Features

  • The Trouble with Harry Isn't Over
  • Production Notes
  • Production Photographs
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • --This text refers to an alternate DVD edition.

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    Format: VHS Tape
    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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    Format: DVD
    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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    By EA Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on Feb. 23 2014
    Format: DVD
    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?

    To be fair, "The Trouble With Harry" is nowhere near Hitchcock's best work, mainly because the central story is very repetitive. But it's kept aloft with Hitchcock's clever dialogue ("Marriage is a good way to spend the winter") and a cast of likably quirky characters who end up spending a few days trying to hide/excavate a dead body. How did you spend YOUR weekend?

    Kindly old Captain Wiles (Edmund Gwenn) is out hunting rabbits when he finds the body of a dead man, whom he assumes he killed by accident. Free-spirited artist Sam Marlowe (John Forsythe) comes across Wiles dragging the corpse through the woods, and offers to help him bury the corpse -- at least, once they find out what the connection to the perky widow Jennifer Rogers (Shirley MacLaine) is.

    However, the whole scenario gets even more muddled when both Mrs. Rogers and kindly Miss Gravely (Mildred Natwick) claim to have accidentally killed the corpse (aka, Harry). The entire situation becomes even more problematic as they try to figure out what to do with Harry, especially with the suspicious Deputy Sheriff Wiggs (Royal Dano) breathing down their necks.

    The trouble with "Trouble" is simple: most of the movie consists of the same few jokes, repeated for different people. People keep claiming they killed Harry accidentally, the body is dug up, the body is reburied, and everybody (except Sam) worries about what to do. That's most of the middle of the movie, summed up in a single sentence.

    So it's a testament to Alfred Hitchcock's skill that this relatively lightweight movie is still pretty diverting.
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    Do yourself a favor and pour a nice glass of iced tea, put your feet up, and enjoy "The Trouble With Harry" on a lazy Saturday afternoon prior to going out to enjoy the centerpiece activity of your Saturday night. In other words, if you don't expect too much from this film, you'll find it enjoyable and diverting. I liked the gorgeous scenery and wonderful photography; the offbeat humor; and the none-too-realistic but amusing characters (many of whom reminded me of the done-with-a-straight-face neurotics that began popping up in Monty Python sketches a decade and a half later). The movie isn't a showstopper (it doesn't have those three or four stare-in-awe directorial moments that mostly every other Hitchcock film offers) but "The Trouble With Harry" is beautiful to look at, laced with several chuckles, and, if not directed in the master's usually gripping style, is certainly presented with supreme polish and artistry.
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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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