Offbeat, often hilarious black comedy courtesy of Mr. Hitchcock and
scripter John Michael Hayes about bothersome corpse causing all sorts
of problems for peaceful neighbors in New England community. Gwenn is
fine as usual, MacLaine appealing in her first film. Beautiful locations,
whimsical score (his first for Hitch) by Bernard Herrmann.
score was the first of a long collaboration with Hitchcock that lasted
nearly nine years.
Once again Hitchcock bought the rights to the original
novel anonymously for just $11,000.
Hitchcock makes his cameo appearance about 20 minutes
in, walking past the limousine of a man looking at the paintings.