Sunday, August 23, 2009

The Trouble With Harry

The Trouble With Harry

Director: Alfred Hitchcock

Edmund Gwenn - Captain Albert Wiles
Mildred Natwick - Miss Gravely
John Forsythe - Sam Marlowe
Shirley MacLaine - Jennifer Rogers
Jerry Mathers - Arnie Rogers

Composer: Bernard Herrmann

This is a humorous black comedy about a body and several people in a small New England town who think they may have had something to do with his death. The trouble with Harry is that he just won't stay buried. Several misunderstandings have Harry being buried and dug up repeatedly during one day while at the same time friendships flourish. The location shots are simple beautiful; without them The Trouble With Harry would more closely resemble a play. This was Bernard Herrmann's first musical score for Hitchcock. The cast is incredible. In the opening we see a young Jerry Mathers pre-Beaver days. The Trouble With Harry was Shirley MacLaine's debut film. We all found this a thoroughly enjoyable film and are sad that The Summer of Hitchcock has come to and end.

Thank you Amy at My Friend Amy for a totally enjoyable summer of films!


Capt. Wiles (Edmund Gwenn): [after Dr. Greenbow trips over the body] "Couldn't have had more people here if I'd sold tickets."
Capt. Wiles (Edmund Gwenn): [as he sees Sam Marlowe coming] "Next thing you know they'll be televising the whole thing."

[Discussing Jennifer's recently deceased husband Harry]
Jennifer Rogers (Shirley MacLaine): "You can stuff him, for all I care. Stuff him and put him in a glass case, only I'd suggest frosted glass."
Sam Marlowe (John Forsythe): "What did he do to you? Besides marry you."

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