Tuesday, 6 September 2011
DVD: ALFRED HITCHCOCK SEASON -THE TROUBLE WITH HARRY (1955)
It's autumn in Vermont and not far from a very small town there's a body on the hill which is extremely inconvenient. For various reasons four people keep burying and then digging up the corpse and love blossoms. This is a gentle romantic comedy with four quirky characters, two elderly and two just past their early youth. And that's pretty much it. Harry the body is the macguffin that has the four of them involved with each other. Shirley MacLaine in her first lead role is very good displaying a great talent for comic dialogue. Bernard Herrmann, with his first score for Hitchcock, does a good airy job.
And that's it really. A minor pleasure allowing the director to show he can direct light comedy.
(The screenplay is based on a novel of the same name by the prolific British writer Jack Trevor Story who these days, alas, has all but been forgotten.)