Monday, March 22, 2010

Movie of the Week - The Trouble with Harry

This week’s movie is The Trouble with Harry (1955).

The film is about a small town whose residents discover a dead body in the woods and each member of the town has a different idea of what needs to be done with it. The tagline for the film is ‘A comedy about a corpse’ which seems to fit perfectly with director Alfred Hitchcock’s sense of humor. The film stars Edmund Gwenn, John Forsythe and Shirley MacLaine, and features a great score for frequent Hitchcock collaborator Bernard Herrmann and wonderful cinematography from Robert Burks. What makes the film great is how well Hitchcock mixes the genres of (almost screwball) comedy and thriller. The film is quite funny, but also exhibits moments of suspense and it is a strong representation of Hitchcock’s mastery of narrative. Check out the trailer.

The Trouble with Harry [DVD]

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