20. The Trouble with Harry (1955)
Stars: Edmund Gwenn, John Forsythe, Shirley MacLaine, Mildred Natwick, Mildred Dunnock, Jerry Mathers, Royal Dano
Mostly known for straight-faced suspense, Hitchcock switched things up a bit in 1955 with The Trouble with Harry, a black comedy that covers familiar territory with atypically outright humor. It's a classic whodunit premise: The dead body of Harry Worp is found on the outskirts of Highwater, VT, causing the townsfolk to ponder what happened to him, and, more importantly, if Harry was the victim of murder.
The laughs throughout The Trouble with Harry come from the multiple characters' visible annoyances with the newfound corpse. Screw compassion for the deceasedâ€”Harry's body is ruining their daily routines. The fact that their neighbors keep burying the body, digging it back up, and re-burying it over and over again doesn't help matters. Nor does the little boy who plays with a lifeless rabbit as if it's a stuffed animal.