★★★★☆ USA. 1h39m. Black Comedy. Directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Written by John Michael Hayes (screenplay) and Jack Trevor Story (“The Trouble With Harry”). Cinematography by Robert Burks. Edited by Alma Macrorie. Music by Bernard Herrmann. Starring Edmund Gwenn, John Forsythe, Shirley MacLaine, Mildred Natwick, Mildred Dunnock, Jerry Mathers, Royal Dano.
The action in The Trouble with Harry takes place during a sun-filled autumn in the Vermont countryside. The fall foliage and the beautiful scenery around the village, as well as Bernard Herrmann’s light-filled score, all set an idyllic tone. The story is about how the residents of a small Vermont village react when the dead body of a man named Harry is found on a hillside. The film is, however, not really a murder mystery; it is essentially a romantic comedy with thriller overtones, in which the corpse serves as a Macguffin.