Hitchcock comedy/thriller comes to Ludlow

LUDLOW, Vt. – “The Trouble with Harry” will be the next FOLA movie Saturday, Sept. 22 at 7 p.m. at Heald Auditorium at the Ludlow Town Hall.

“The Trouble with Harry” is a 1955 American black comedy film directed by Alfred Hitchcock. It stars Edmund Gwenn, John Forsythe, Mildred Natwick, Jerry Mathers, and Shirley MacLaine in her film debut.

“The Trouble with Harry” for FOLA. Photo provided.

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.

Four village residents end up working together to solve the problem of what to do with Harry. In the process the younger two – an artist and a very young, twice-widowed woman – fall in love and become a couple, soon to be married. The older two residents – a captain and a spinster – also fall in love.

The film was one of Hitchcock’s few true comedies – though most of his films had some element of tongue-in-cheek or macabre humor.

As with all FOLA movies, the film is free and open to everyone; donations are appreciated. Popcorn will be supplied by Berkshire Bank with FOLA providing water. For more information, call 802-228-7239 or visit the FOLA website at www.fola.us.

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