Movie number 8. I think we neglected Hitchcock up until now he’s great and all so i think i should do a few of his movies.
“The trouble with Harry” is that he’s dead. The movie (The Trouble With Harry) was released in 1955 and it’s way ahead of it’s time if you ask me… The movie is an amazing example of black comedy,in fact if someone asks you to name a black comedy,that’s what you should say! Anyway, personally i find the movie to be very beautiful,funny and relaxing!
As i said, the trouble with Harry is that he’s dead. Not only that, but there’s many people in the small village in Vermont where he died who think they killed him and have no idea what to do with him! Captain Albert Wiles (Edmund Gwenn) thinks he killed him by shooting him while hunting for rabbits, the lovely Miss Ivy Gravely (Mildred Natwick) thinks he died by her boot, the beautiful Jennifer Rogers (Shirley MacLaine in her debut) thinks she killed him by hitting him with a bottle. It turns out Harry is Jennifer’s ex husband and she has no fellings whatsoever about him dying, “You can stuff him, for all I care. Stuff him and put him in a glass case, only I’d suggest frosted glass” she said! The voice of “reason” seems to be Sam Marlowe ( John Forsythe) an open-minded artist who helps these four with…whatever it is they want to do with Harry.
Harry was found fully dressed in the woods. He was then buried and dug out, hidden in a bathtub and left in the woods. Yet no one cares! But to everyone’s relief Harry died of natural causes and was killed by none. All that while trying to conceal Harry from the police. In the end Jennifer fell in love with Sam, and Miss Gravely with Captain Wiles.
What i liked most about this film (except the directing and acting) was the total apathy about the death of Harry. No one cares he’s dead, they just don’t want to go to jail for it , on top of that they care more about their personal affairs than they do about Harry! An other funny thing is Jennifer’s son’s confusion concerning the days of the week(obviously they didn’t have Rebecca Black back then to teach them those things…) and his confusion about the words today,tomorrow and yesterday!
The movie is just amazing and i think everyone should watch regardless of age,taste,height,weight,era,sexual orientation etc..
Quotes of the day “Drama is life with the dull parts cut out” Alfred Hitchcock and “If it’s a good movie, the sound could go off and the audience would still have a perfectly clear idea of what was going on.” Alfred Hitchcock