THE TROUBLE WITH HARRY

(1955)
With Edmund Gwenn, John Forsythe, Shirley MacLaine, Mildred Natwick, Mildred Dunnock
Directed by Alfred Hitchcock
Reviewed by JL

     Alfred Hitchcock's THE TROUBLE WITH HARRY is an enjoyable bit of whimsy for those who like lighthearted black comedies about dead bodies.  But that's about as much praise as I can afford it.  I know this is a well-liked film by many, so I'm probably in the minority, but I find the low-keyed irony of blas√© gallows humor a bit tedious when stretched to 105 minutes.  There are some jarringly funny moments to be sure, but the idea might have worked better if trimmed to the length of an "Alfred Hitchcock Presents" episode.  Still, it's a worthwhile picture for Hitchcock fans, and Shirley MacLaine has the poise of a screen veteran in her delightful film debut.   - JL

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