James Stewart stars as Elwood P. Dowd, whose constant companion is Harvey, a six-foot tall invisible rabbit. To his sister, his obsession with Harvey has been a thorn in her plans to marry ... See full summary »
The classic stage hit gets the Hollywood treatment in the story of Elwood P. Dowd who makes friends with a spirit taking the form of a human-sized rabbit named Harvey that only he sees (and a few privileged others on occasion also.) After his sister tries to commit him to a mental institution, a comedy of errors ensues. Elwood and Harvey become the catalysts for a family mending its wounds and for romance blossoming in unexpected places. Written by
Twenty years after the film's release, James Stewart played the role of Elwood P. Dowd once again in a triumphant Broadway revival of Harvey in 1970. This time, Helen Hayes played his sister. Stewart and Hayes reprised their roles for a Hallmark Hall of Fame television production in 1972. Stewart reprised the role for the final time in a 1975 stage revival in London. See more »
In the daytime scenes at Chumley's Rest, shadows are seen of the actors and props that clearly go against the dominant natural light. See more »
This is a sweet, poetic movie which at the same time is hilarious! James Stewart shines as Elwood P. Dowd who is always accompanied by his best friend Harvey, a 6 foot rabbit that is invisible to (almost) everybody else, and Josephine Hull is a scream as his poor, tormented older sister, Veta.
The story says a lot about imagination, kindness, miracles, and friendship, while simultaneously making you laugh out loud at the crazy characters inhabiting the town where it all takes place.
Favourite scene: While everybody else is running around trying to figure out what is going on, Elwood literally stops to smell the flowers. :-)
Favourite quote: "I was walking down along the street and I heard this voice saying, 'Good evening, Mr. Dowd'. Well, I turned around, and here was this big 6 foot rabbit leaning up against a lamp post. I thought nothing of that, because when you've lived in a town as long as I've lived in this one, you get used to the fact that everybody knows your name."
Don't miss this movie, because it is sure to leave a smile on your face and warmth in your heart :-). This is a true classic in every way.
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