Harvey (1950)

Not Rated  |   |  Comedy, Drama  |  13 October 1950 (USA)
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Due to his insistence that he has an invisible six-foot 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.



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Complete credited cast:
Josephine Hull ...
Peggy Dow ...
Charles Drake ...
Victoria Horne ...
Jesse White ...
William H. Lynn ...
Judge Gaffney (as William Lynn)
Nana Bryant ...
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!


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Release Date:

13 October 1950 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Mein Freund Harvey  »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Henry Koster was unable to attend the U.S. premiere of the film because he was working in London on his next picture No Highway in the Sky (1951). Instead, he watched the film in a projection room at the London Universal offices along with James Stewart and Marlene Dietrich. See more »


Elwood's hands change position when Dr. Sanderson 'meets' Harvey. See more »


Elwood P. Dowd: You see, science has overcome time and space. Well, Harvey has overcome not only time and space, but any objections.
Dr. Chumley: Fly specks, fly specks! I've been spending my life among fly specks while miracles have been leaning on lampposts at 18th and Fairfax!
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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 »


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One of the best movies ever made!
29 October 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

When I first saw this movie I didn't think I would like it. I didn't think it was my "type" of movie. I was wrong. HARVEY will make you laugh and at the same time show you the power of kindness. JAMES STEWART makes you believe someone is there even know his friend is an invisible 6-foot tall rabbit. It is easily one of the best movies ever made! If you don't know what this movie is or haven't seen it for any reason all I have to say is "GO SEE IT!" Even if you don't like black and white movies, there is something in this movie for everyone. If you like drama, comedy, or just films that make you feel good inside this movie is for you.

"If ELWOOD P. DOWD is crazy I don't want to be sane."

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