The Trouble with Harry (1955)

PG   |    |  Comedy, Mystery


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


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  • Shirley MacLaine and John Forsythe in The Trouble with Harry (1955)
  • Shirley MacLaine and John Forsythe in The Trouble with Harry (1955)
  • Jerry Mathers and Philip Truex in The Trouble with Harry (1955)
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4 October 2004 | eeesh98
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| Oh the irony!
I've been a big fan of Hitchcock as long as I can remember, but I only had the opportunity to see The Trouble with Harry recently. I never knew the film was a comedy before I began watching, so you can imagine my surprise when one innocent character after the next stumbled upon a brutally murdered corpse and react in the very least expected ways possible. It was almost as surpring, however, when I read the comments on IMDb and realized that a large portion of Hitchcock's audience simply didn't "get it". Of course the character's are not reacting the way real people would in these circumstances! How many of Hitch's characters actually would? The Trouble with Harry is Hitchcock's own jab at himself, at the entire suspense film genre, and a wonderfully inspired satire on the implications of desensitization. The film is not that simple though, for even in addressing these objectives Hitch tantalizingly avoids any answers or definitive statements. Its a difficult film to describe, but definitely worth seeing as it confirms Hitchcock's dual mastery of comedy and suspense. Watch it for the social commentary, the sleepy New England setting, but above all else, for the blissful irony that fills its every crevace. It is the kind of irony that makes shows like Family Guy so popular today. A wonderfully surpring film in every way!

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