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Harvey (1950)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy | 13 October 1950 (USA)
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Due to his insistence that he has an invisible six foot-tall rabbit for a best friend, a whimsical middle-aged man is thought by his family to be insane - but he may be wiser than anyone knows.



(from the Pulitzer Prize Play by), (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
Won 1 Oscar. Another 1 win & 4 nominations. See more awards »



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Complete credited cast:
William H. Lynn ...
Judge Omar Gaffney (as William Lynn)
Grayce Mills ...
Mrs. Ethel Chauvenet (as Grace Mills)
Harvey ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Eccentric Man (scenes deleted)
Jack Curtis ...
(scenes deleted)


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 Dale Roloff

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The Wonderful Pulitzer Prize Play... becomes one of the Great Motion Pictures of our Time!


Comedy | Drama | Fantasy


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Release Date:

13 October 1950 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Mein Freund Harvey  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)| (Dolby 5.1)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


Elwood P. Dowd: Oh, you can't miss him Mrs. Chumley. He's a Pooka.
Mrs. Hazel Chumley: A Pooka? Is that something new?
Elwood P. Dowd: No. No, as I understand it that's something very old.
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Crazy Credits

At the very end Harvey opens a door and the words at the bottom of the screen say "Harvey as Himself." See more »


Referenced in The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (2005) See more »


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User Reviews

A true classic in every way
25 January 2000 | by (Denmark) – See all my reviews

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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