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Harvey -- Elwood P. Dowd (James Stewart) is a mild-mannered, pleasant man, who just happens (he says) to have an invisible friend resembling a 6-foot rabbit.

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Director:
Writers:
Mary Chase (from the Pulitzer Prize Play by)
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Release Date:
13 October 1950 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
The Wonderful Pulitzer Prize Play... becomes one of the Great Motion Pictures of our Time!
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
Won Oscar. Another 1 win & 4 nominations See more »
NewsDesk:
(157 articles)
User Reviews:
"I recommend pleasant, you may quote me" See more (190 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

James Stewart ... Elwood P. Dowd
Josephine Hull ... Veta Louise Simmons
Peggy Dow ... Miss Kelly
Charles Drake ... Dr. Sanderson

Cecil Kellaway ... Dr. Chumley
Victoria Horne ... Myrtle Mae Simmons
Jesse White ... Wilson
William H. Lynn ... Judge Gaffney (as William Lynn)
Wallace Ford ... The Taxi Driver
Nana Bryant ... Mrs. Hazel Chumley
Grayce Mills ... Mrs. Ethel Chauvenet (as Grace Mills)
Clem Bevans ... Mr. Herman Shimelplatzer
Harvey ... Himself
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Gino Corrado ... Eccentric Man (scenes deleted)
Jack Curtis ... (scenes deleted)
Ida Moore ... Mrs. McGiff (scenes deleted)
Billy Wayne ... Man in Car (scenes deleted)
Polly Bailey ... Mrs. Krausmeyer (uncredited)
Don Brodie ... Mailman (uncredited)
Aileen Carlyle ... Mrs. Tewksbury (uncredited)
Sally Corner ... Mrs. Cummings (uncredited)

Pat Flaherty ... Policeman (uncredited)
Eula Guy ... Mrs. Johnson - Maid Who Quits (uncredited)
Grayce Hampton ... Mrs. Strickleberger (uncredited)
Harry Hines ... Mr. Meegles (uncredited)

Norman Leavitt ... Henry Riley - Cab Driver (uncredited)
Edwin Max ... First Bar Patron (uncredited)
Anne O'Neal ... Dr. Schwartz's Nurse (uncredited)

Fess Parker ... Voice of Leslie the Chauffeur (uncredited)
Maudie Prickett ... Elvira the Cook (uncredited)
Almira Sessions ... Mrs. Halsey (uncredited)
Ruthelma Stevens ... Miss LaFay (uncredited)
Leo Sulky ... (uncredited)
Minerva Urecal ... Nurse Dunphy (uncredited)
William Val ... Leslie, Chumley's Chauffeur (uncredited)
Dick Wessel ... Mr. Cracker (uncredited)
Sam Wolfe ... Mr. Minninger (uncredited)

Directed by
Henry Koster 
 
Writing credits
Mary Chase (from the Pulitzer Prize Play by)

Mary Chase (screenplay) &
Oscar Brodney (screenplay)

Myles Connolly  contributor to screenplay (uncredited)

Produced by
John Beck .... producer
 
Original Music by
Frank Skinner 
 
Cinematography by
William H. Daniels (director of photography) (as William Daniels)
 
Film Editing by
Ralph Dawson 
 
Art Direction by
Bernard Herzbrun 
Nathan Juran 
 
Set Decoration by
Russell A. Gausman (set decorations)
Julia Heron (set decorations)
 
Costume Design by
Orry-Kelly (gowns) (as Orry Kelly)
 
Makeup Department
Joan St. Oegger .... hair stylist
Bud Westmore .... makeup artist
Edith House .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Joe Stinton .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Howard Christie .... production manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Frank Shaw .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Leslie I. Carey .... sound
Joe Lapis .... sound
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Glen Adams .... still photographer (uncredited)
Rennie Hawkins .... grip (uncredited)
Lloyd Hill .... gaffer (uncredited)
Bill Johnson .... camera operator (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Joan Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Brock Pemberton .... producer: original play
Nagene Searle .... script supervisor (uncredited)
 
Crew verified as complete


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Runtime:
104 min
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Color:
Black and White (Sepiatone)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
3 Channel Stereo (Western Electric Recording) (5.0) (L-R)
Certification:
Argentina:13 | Australia:G | Canada:G (Manitoba/Nova Scotia/Quebec) | Canada:G (Ontario) | Finland:S | France:U | South Korea:All | Sweden:15 | UK:U | USA:Not Rated | USA:Approved (certificate #14694) | West Germany:12

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Trivia:
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 »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: At the end of the movie when Harvey is supposed to be in the porch swing, you can see that someone is pulling a string on the arm of the swing to make the swing change its motion.See more »
Quotes:
Elwood P. Dowd:Years ago, my mother used to say to me, she'd say "In this world, Elwood, you can be oh so so smart, or oh so pleasant." Well, for years I was smart... I recommend pleasant. You may quote me.See more »
Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
Waltz No. 1 in D-Flat Major, Op. 64, Minute WaltzSee more »

FAQ

What is an egg and onion sandwich?
Is this movie based on a novel?
Why does Elwood rip up the envelope without even reading what's inside?
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34 out of 45 people found the following review useful.
"I recommend pleasant, you may quote me", 2 December 2005
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

James Stewart became so identified with the role of Elwood P. Dowd in Harvey that few today are aware that he did not introduce the part. It was originally done on Broadway by Frank Fay. Whereas Stewart emphasized the whimsical in Dowd, Fay purportedly leaned towards the alcoholic of which he had enough personal experience.

Fay left the play and Stewart was brought in and it literally rejuvenated the play. I'm sure it helped to have a big movie name go on Broadway to help sales, but when word of mouth and the rave reviews of the critics got out, the play turned from a hit to a classic.

Only two players from the original Broadway cast made it to the big screen version, Josephine Hull as Elvetia Simmons, Stewart's sister and Jesse White as Wilson the attendant from the mental sanitarium with the 'dynamic personality'. Jesse White was in Hollywood to stay after that and entertained us for decades.

Josephine Hull got to do two of her stage roles for the screen, this one and one of the Brewster sisters in Arsenic and Old Lace. Diametrically opposite parts too. She's a crazy Brewster who poisons lonely old men in one film. And in the other she's the normal sister with an eccentric brother who sees and talks to a six foot white rabbit. Is she losing her marbles also? Well she does confess that at times Elwood makes Harvey so real to her that she's seen him herself.

But it's a big burden on Ms. Hull having Stewart around. She's a widow with a young daughter. Victoria Horne, who she'd like to get into society and meet some eligible and propertied young men. Not likely to happen if she has a crazy uncle around. It's time to take Elwood off to the Mental Institution for a little reality shock.

Of course in his own way and with each of them differently Stewart deceptively works his charm on the staff. He intrigues Cecil Kellaway the head of the institution, he baffles Charles Drake another psychiatrist, and he totally charms Nurse Peggy Dow.

After a while you start to wonder just who is the crazy one in this film. But then again that's what author Mary Chase was trying to convey. Stewart even brings Jesse White somewhat around, no easy task as you will find out in viewing the film.

Stewart revived Harvey in the early seventies with Helen Hayes playing his sister. The revival was a great success. In the post sixties age of the hippies, Stewart was the original drop out from society. And he did it without any cannabis or other narcotic.

Of course it's nice to be somewhat financially secure to be able to do this. We'd all like to though and that is the secret of Harvey's enduring appeal.

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