Sunday, January 31, 2016

The Trouble with Harry

The Gist: The body of a well-dressed man is laying out in the open on top of a wooded hill. Several people stumble upon the corpse, each with different reactions and ideas on what to do with it. Eventually, four of them agree to take matters into their own hands.

Among the many Alfred Hitchcock movies I've watched in the course of my marathon of his oeuvre, this is the only comedy. Hitchcock was the master of suspense, murder, and treacherous plans, so I guess one day he decided he wanted to try his hand at something lighter, but still retaining his style.

Certainly, The Trouble with Harry is not what one would expect from Hitchcock or from a comedy, but I think it's very much tongue-in-cheek, and therefore ultimately successful.

Starring John Forsythe, Edmund Gwenn, Mildred Natwick, and Shirley MacLaine, this is not the typical Hitchcock fare, so make sure you go into the viewing with an open mind.

The Bottom LineThe Trouble with Harry, although fundamentally a comedy, still deals with a murder and a bunch of people who get themselves into trouble while trying to get themselves out of it. All in all, it's pure Hitchcock, just with a shinier twinkle in his eyes.

Grade: 7

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