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21 September 2011

The Trouble With Harry (1955)

Directed by Alfred Hitchcock
Genre: Comedy, Mystery & Suspense
Runtime: 105 Minutes
Prepare For the unexpected! People can have serious doubts about a comedy from Hitchcock. Although not bringing tears of laughter to the audience, this film has clever humour that just makes you think “What a predicament”. The acting feels natural and the plot is sharp. Filled with great black comedy, but not offensive comedy, it is undoubtedly a lesser-known Hitchcock film, but still quite a good one, and in dazzling vista vision.

This is not your ordinary comedy. Here we have kooky comedy mayhem and macabre comedy noir. Hitchcock’s sense of humour here is very clever and the way the film has its play on death is very funny. It is black humour indeed, but not the offensive kind. While not being the biggest laugh out comedy, it is an interesting concept.
The actors were well casted. It seems Hitchcock once again knew what he was after. Playing our first introduced role is Edmund Gwenn as Capt. Wiles, who finds himself in a predicament when thinking he shot a man dead by accident. Soon stepping into frame is Mildred Natwick as Miss Gravely, who finds the captain dragging the body to hide it. However, she does not seem very surprised. Did she murder him? From this point on the story becomes involved deeply in to the ‘trouble’ with Harry and keeps you thinking who killed him.

Harry is a literally a lifeless character, yet he is so vital to the plot. Everything revolves around this deceased man and how much trouble he is causing everyone, hence the name. How the film revolves is what gives it it's remembrance. Harry makes the tables turn round and round and finally at the end the table stops.
That is what makes the film ultimately clever. The film is one big whodunit has you constantly thinking. As the film goes on you begin to point your finger at everyone, which has you just plain confused and then the truth is explained at last. It adds to the kooky and wild comedy aspect of this film.

The film has plenty of picturesque locations that give the films plenty of light. Pairing up with these beautiful locations is an excellent musical score from Bernard Hermann. From the wonderful opening music to all the music, we here going along with the story it gives the film that extra boost.
At the time, the film was not very successful and I am sure people were surprised to see that this was not the usual Hitchcock oeuvre. Likely expecting, horror, and mystery, they get a clever black comedy. I think this dark vista vision piece of comedy is inventive, clever and funny, making it an excellent experiment.

My Rating: 7.5/10

1 comment:

  1. great review as always FMT. This sounds interesting, maybe i should see it

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