On a fine autumn day, the body of one Harry Worp (Philip Truex) is discovered in a field by retired Captain Wiles (Edmund Gwenn), who, having been out hunting rabbits, naturally assumes that he is the murderer.
While Captain Wiles tries to wait out the swarm of people, including Harry's none-too-grieving widow Jennifer Rogers (Shirley MacLaine), stumbling around, past, and over the body, struggling artist Sam Marlowe (John Forsythe) is busy trying to fix up aging Miss Gravely (Mildred Natwick), who found the Captain trying to move the body and ended up making a date for coffee and muffins with him.
When Sam, heading home through the woods, sits down to sketch the meadow and ends up sketching Harry, he becomes coopted into the Captain's plan to bury the body. Once Harry is firmly planted, however, the Captain realizes that a bullet for Harry is one bullet too many, and so digs him up and discovers that he wasn't shot after all.
When Miss Gravely is confronted and confesses to having beaten Harry senseless for having attacked her on the road, the body goes back in and out of the ground a couple more times. With Harry back in the ground, a millionaire (Parker Fennelly) eager to buy all of Sam's paintings, and a proposal from Sam to Jennifer, all seems to be going well...until a deputy sheriff (Royal Dano) begins nosing around and Sam and Jennifer realize that they can't be legally married until Harry is legally dead.
This report prepared by James Craver
On a pleasant Autumn day, in the leafy meadows of New England, a body is discovered. He is soon identified as 'Harry'. Who did the dirty deed? As responsibility passes from neighbour to neighbour in a small Vermont town, so does Harry's corpse. Romance flourishes in this oddest of situations.
This report prepared by Dave Kernick