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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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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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Technical Specs


| (DVD)

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)| (Dolby 5.1)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Although in 2000 producers Harvey and Bob Weinstein announced a planned remake of Harvey, possibly to star John Travolta, as of spring 2005 that project remains unproduced. 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 »


Myrtle Mae Simmons: Oh, mother, people get run over by trucks every day. Why can't something like that happen to Uncle Elwood?
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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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User Reviews

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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