Hitchcock might have made a reputation as the ‘master of suspense,’ but humour, especially the subtle and dark kind, was an essential part of his cinema. In The Trouble with Harry, we sail away from the classic Hitchcockian suspense towards dark comedy, aptly described: ‘With “Harry” I took melodrama out of the pitch-black night and brought it out in the sunshine.’ As to the titular Harry, he is merely a dead body that is found in the spectacular Vermont countryside causing quite a ruckus with the townsfolk nearby. Debuting Shirley MacLaine, this film is also the first collaboration between the director and Bernard Herrmann, who will compose many more memorable scores for the director.
Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Cast: John Forsythe, Shirley MacLaine,
Edmund Gwenn, Royal Dano, Mildred
Natwick, Mildred Dunnock, Jerry Mathers