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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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 »

Director: Fielder Cook
Stars: James Stewart, John McGiver, Dorothy Blackburn


Complete credited cast:
Josephine Hull ...
Peggy Dow ...
Charles Drake ...
Victoria Horne ...
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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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Prior to the release of the film, a press release reported that Francis the Talking Mule would make a cameo appearance. James Stewart, as Elwood P. Dowd, was to walk past Francis, and Francis was to "speak". Elwood would turn, in order to respond, but Francis would rebuke him, stating that he was talking to the big rabbit. See more »


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


Elwood P. Dowd: I'd just put Ed Hickey into a taxi. Ed had been mixing his rye with his gin, and I just felt that he needed conveying. Well, anyway, 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 six-foot rabbit leaning up against a lamp-post. Well, 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. And naturally I went ...
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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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