Friday, July 7, 2017

The Trouble With Harry (1955) John Forsythe - Shirley MacLaine






The trouble with Harry is that he's dead, and everyone seems to have a different idea of what needs to be done with his body...

Director:

 Alfred Hitchcock

Writers:

 John Michael Hayes (screenplay)

Stars:

 John ForsytheShirley MacLaineEdmund Gwenn

'Harry' appears only as a dead body, discovered at the beginning of the film in a clearing outside a picturesque New England town. More than one of the residents feels responsible for Harry's death - so, just by being there, Harry sets off a lengthy chain of events in the lives of several persons in the town. There are no big laughs, but a lot of good low-key wit, much of it having to do what the situation brings out about the various characters' perspectives on themselves and others. Shirley MacLaine (in her first role) is delightful and Edmond Gwenn perfect. You'll see a young Jerry Mathers pre-dating Leave it to Beaver by a few years. A gem of a film that often gets overlooked, watch this one and you'll be charmed by the trouble that Harry causes.★★★

John Forsythe & Shirley MacLaine

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