Title: The Trouble with Harry
Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Original Release: 1955
Choice: My Wife's
My Overall Rating: 3 stars out of 5
Alfred Hitchcock did not direct a lot of comedies. I suppose it shouldn't be a surprise that one of the few he did make tended towards darkness. The Trouble with Harry is based on the novel of the same name by Jack Trevor Story. Harry is a corpse in the woods. Three different characters, at one point or another, claim accidental responsibility for Harry's death. The body is buried and dug up again repeatedly throughout the story as the principals wrestle with the best way to address the situation.
The movie, a commercial flop for Hitch, was notable as the film debut of Shirley MacLaine in the role of Jennifer Rogers. Jerry Mathers (better known as the title character in Leave It to Beaver) plays Jennifer's son Arnie. Harry was filmed primarily in Craftsbury, Vermont, an hour or so east of us. Apparently, natural forces were not especially cooperative. Poor weather and an early foliage season were highly disruptive to the filming schedule. Some of the external shots are actually California trees with Vermont leaves pinned to the branches.