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The Trouble with Harry (1955) - Premiere (30/Sep/1955)

The premiere of The Trouble with Harry was held in Barre, Vermont on Friday 30th September, 1955 and began with a state dinner for 800 people hosted by the Governer of Vermont, Joseph B. Johnson.

State Dinner

Hitchcock at the state dinner in Barre

Cliff Miskelley, the head of the Vermont Development Commission who had originally suggested East Craftsbury as an ideal location to producer Herbert Coleman, was the Master of Ceremonies and Hitchcock was made an "Honorary Citizen and Mayor of Barre". The Hitchcocks were also presented with a map of Vermont map fashioned of local granite.[1]

Sitting alongside Hitchcock on the head table were:[2]

During the dinner, telegrams were read out from those unable to attend, including John Forsythe, Bob Hope, Doris Day, Deborah Kerr and James Stewart.[3]

The Menu

                            Dinner Menu


             Freshly Pressed Vermont Fall Apple Cider


    Vermont Style Boiled New England Lobster With Drawn Butter

          (prepared according to the Vermont recipe which           
             won the 1954 New England Lobster Contest)


                    Crisp Vermont Potato Chips


                   Tossed Vermont Harvest Salad


      Home-Baked Vermont Rolls and Fresh Vermont Dairy Butter   


           Vermont Apple Pie With Vermont Cheddar Cheese


                  Coffee With Heavy Vermont Cream


                                                The Auditorium
                                                Barre, Vermont
                                                Friday evening
                                            September 30, 1955
                                              at seven o'clock

Notes & References

  1. Times Argus (14/Feb/2011) - Alfred Hitchcock came to Barre?
  2. The Man Who Knew Hitchcock: A Hollywood Memoir (2007) by Herbert Coleman, page 208
  3. Times Argus (14/Feb/2011) - Alfred Hitchcock came to Barre?