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Alfred Hitchcock was insistent that Harry, the corpse, should be played by an actual actor, Philip Truex, and not represented by a dummy, as was usual in films. (Harry is never seen alive in the film).
This was Shirley MacLaine's first film. She was twenty years old when she made it and had special "introducing" credit.
Captain Albert Wiles: [finding Harry's corpse]: One pot-shot at a rabbit and I'm a murderer!
Arnie Rogers: [surveying the dead rabbit]: Four rabbit's feet - and he got killed!
Captain Albert Wiles: [boasting of his adventures]: I'm a man who's seen death many times.
Miss Ivy Gravely: Rather recently, too...
Miss Ivy Graveley: [politely, upon seeing Captain Wiles lugging Harry's corpse into the forest]: What seems to be the trouble, Captain?
Arnie Rogers: You never know when a dead rabbit will come in handy.
Sam Marlowe: You old social butterfly!
Miss Gravely: 'Old'?!
Sam Marlowe: That was figuratively speaking, Miss Gravely.
Miss Gravely: How old do you think I am, young man?
Sam Marlowe: Hm... 50? How old do YOU think you are?
Miss Gravely: 42! - I can show you my birth certificate.
Sam Marlowe: I'm afraid you're gonna have to show more than your birth certificate to convince a man of that!
Alfred Hitchcock was particularly fond of this film, although it was, as he anticipated, not a box-office success. When he was preparing his long-running television series, he showed the film to James Allardice, whom he had hired to write his various introductions to the show's episodes; it showed Allardice the sort of droll tone he should be aiming for.