Saturday, 8 March 2014

The Trouble With Harry (1955)

The Trouble With Harry feels like a filler from Hitchcock, but it's a beautiful looking one nonetheless.

The delightfully dotty, frothy offbeat black comedy about the discovery of a corpse (that of the titular troublesome Harry) upon a hill in gloriously shot,on colourful Vista Vision of course, leafy autumnal Vermont leads to the townsfolk investigating, concealing and, in some cases, believing themselves to be guilty of the man's death.

The body of Harry, and the reason for his fatality, is of course simply Hitch's celebrated MacGuffin this time around; a springboard for the eccentric humour, and a distraction, as it is buried, dug up, buried, dug up... etc, for romances to subsequently to blossom. 

The superb drawing room comedy playing from the cast include the delightful Edmund Gwenn (formerly Santa Claus in Miracle on 34th Street) John Forsythe, Mildred Nantwick and, in her debut, a pixie like Shirley MacLaine, make this a passable 95 minutes entertainment but it doesn't hide the fact that the story though diverting enough is a slight one, and suitably remains one of Hitch's lesser works - not that that is in any way a criticism. After all, even a slight Hitchcock is an average director's envy.

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