Over the years, Creator/AlfredHitchcock gave the world such thrillers as ''{{Rebecca}}'', ''Film/{{Psycho}}'' and ''Film/TheBirds''. He also gave us a few comedies, such as this one, a 1955 adaptation of Jack Trevor Story's novel.

The residents of a small Vermont town are faced with the appearance of one Harry Worp. The trouble with Harry is that he's dead. Four people in particular are concerned with what to do with him: Captain Albert Wiles (Edmund Gwenn), who thinks he shot Harry on accident while hunting; Jennifer Rogers (Creator/ShirleyMacLaine, in her film debut), who was his wife; Ivy Gravely (Mildred Natwick), who hit Harry in self-defense after he attacked her; and Sam Marlowe (John Forsythe), who never actually met Harry, but is interested in Jennifer. The rest of the movie is spent trying to figure out why he's dead, and more importantly, what to do with the body.

This film was initially a box-office failure but has since become well regarded. It's also notable for its music score by Music/BernardHerrmann. Jerry Mathers of ''Series/LeaveItToBeaver'' fame plays the boy who first finds Harry.

!!Provides Examples Of:

* AndStarring: "And introducing Shirley [=MacLaine=]"
* {{Arcadia}}: The film starts with a series of SceneryPorn shots showing the staggering beauty of the Vermont countryside in fall.
* ArtisticTitle: The opening credits are shown while the camera scrolls along a stylized, childlike drawing (by ''Magazine/TheNewYorker'' cartoonist Saul Steinberg) of a house, trees, birds... and Harry's corpse.
* BlackComedy: One of the true classics of the genre.
* BrickJoke: After Sam sells some paintings to a millionaire, Sam details some items he'd like the other leads to receive in exchange. When Sam gets to what he'd like, he has to whisper it in the millionaire's ear. He also tells Jennifer, who responds, "Sounds practical." At the end of the movie, Sam finally tells Captain Wiles what he will get for the paintings, and the captain proceeds to tell Ms. Gravely: [[spoiler: a double bed for Sam and Jennifer]].
* ChekhovsGun: Sam's drawing of Harry.
** Subverted with the opening closet. The ScareChord that plays whenever it opens makes you think that it's going to have an important part to play in the plot. [[spoiler: When it finally does open unexpectedly in front of the police, Harry's body isn't in it. He's in the tub instead.]]
* ChekhovsGunman: The tramp. [[spoiler:He is later picked up by the police for taking Harry's shoes and is the one who informs them of the body.]]
* CreatorCameo: Hitchcock can be seen walking in the background as the millionaire is examining Sam's paintings outside his parked limousine.
* DeadMansChest
* DeadpanSnarker: Sam
* EccentricTownsfolk: Pretty much each and every resident of Highwater, Vermont.
* TheEnd: "The trouble with Harry is over."
* EverybodyDidIt: Subverted; everyone assumes they caused Harry's death. In the end, [[spoiler: it's revealed he died naturally.]]
* FakeOutOpening: The movie's [[http://www.tcm.com/mediaroom/video/78821/Trouble-With-Harry-The-Original-Trailer-.html original trailer]] had one.
* GoshdangItToHeck: When the Captain finds Harry's body, he exclaims ''For rice cake!"
* HappilyEverAfter: "The trouble with Harry is over."
* HollywoodNewEngland: But the [[SceneryPorn gorgeous autumn location footage]] makes it okay.
* LotsaPeopleTryToDunIt: Multiple characters think they might have killed Harry, which results in his body behind moved multiple times as they try to hide their possible. In this case, none of them actually set out to murder him, but each one believes they may be guilty of at least manslaughter. [[spoiler:It turns out none of them actually killed Harry.]]
* MacGuffin: Harry
* MaidenAunt: Ivy Gravely
* MeaningfulName: Ivy '''Gravely'''
* PosthumousCharacter: The titular Harry.
* RomancingTheWidow: Sam and Jennifer.
* StarvingArtist: Sam