Classic Film Comedy -- "The Trouble With Harry"
Enjoy a screening of the classic comedy, "The Trouble With Harry"; a 1956 film by Alfred Hitchcock.
Date: Wednesday, May 16th, 2012
Time: 7:00 pm
Duration: 2 hours
Location: Weitz Cinema -- WCC 161
Sponsored by: Cinema and Media Studies
Contact: Marla Erickson, x5567
Enjoy a screening of the classic comedy, "The Trouble With Harry"; a 1956 film by Alfred Hitchcock. This film is being shown as part of a Wednesday evening series of classic American comedies and will be introduced by Jay Beck, Assistant Professor of Cinema and Media Studies.
The Trouble With Harry (Alfred Hitchcock, 1956)
The trouble with Harry is that Harry is dead, but he doesn’t stay buried. This rare comedy from Alfred Hitchcock takes as its target the button-down sensibilities of middle class America with surprising accuracy. According to film scholar Ed Sikov: “ The film’s eponymous hero, appearing onscreen only after his abrupt demise, causes the residents of a quaint American town a lot of grief, but not in the proper sense of the word. Harry’s trouble is that he refuses to perform his social role as dead body: to represent one’s worst fear … in a dignified and acceptable fashion (which is to say to disappear underground). One reason he cannot do so is that the New Englanders who surround him invest his lifeless body with a frightening degree of their own repressed sexuality, an unseemly but very popular way to treat a cadaver in Hitchcock’s Vermont countryside.” The film stars John Forsythe, Jerry Mathers, and in her screen debut, Shirley MacLaine.