Trouble With Harry (1955) Showtimes and Tickets
Release Date: 1955-10-03
Genre: Suspense/Thriller, Comedy
Duration: 1hr 39min
The quirky but down-to-earth residents of a small village in Vermont in the fall are faced with the freshly dead body of Harry Worp (Phillip Truex), which has inconveniently appeared on the hillside above the town. The problem of what to do with the body and, more importantly, how and why Harry was killed is the "Trouble With Harry". Three of the main characters in the film each believe that they are the one who actually killed Harry. Captain Albert Wiles (Edmund Gwenn) is sure that he killed the man with a stray shot from his rifle when rabbit hunting. Miss Ivy Gravely (Mildred Natwick) feels that the man died after a blow from her hiking boot. And the feisty young Jennifer Rogers (Shirley MacLaine), the estranged wife of Harry who lives in the village along with her small son Arnie (Jerry Mathers), believes that he died after she hit him with a milk bottle. Sam Marlowe (John Forsythe), an attractive and free-spirited artist, is quite open-minded about the whole event and is prepared to help his good-natured friends and neighbors in any way he can. In any case, nobody is upset about this death. However, none of the principal characters want the body to come to the attention of the "authorities" in the form of cold, humorless Deputy Sheriff Calvin Wiggs (Royal Dano). The main characters conceal the body by burying it and then have to dig it up again. This happens several times. The body is also concealed at one point by hiding it in a bathtub. In the end it is established that Harry actually died of natural causes; no foul play was involved. In the meantime, Sam and Jennifer have fallen in love, as have the Captain and Miss Gravely. Sam has been able to sell his paintings to a passing millionaire. The artist refuses to accept money and instead requests a few simple gifts for his friends and himself.