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Harvey -- James Stewart stars in this comedy, based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning play, as the good-natured Elwood P. Dowd, whose constant companion is a six-foot tall rabbit that only he can see.
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-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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
Won Oscar. Another 1 win & 4 nominations See more »
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User Reviews:
A true classic in every way See more (204 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

James Stewart ... Elwood P. Dowd
Josephine Hull ... Veta Louise Simmons
Peggy Dow ... Ruth Kelly

Charles Drake ... Dr. Lyman Sanderson

Cecil Kellaway ... Dr. Chumley
Victoria Horne ... Myrtle Mae Simmons

Jesse White ... Marvin Wilson
William H. Lynn ... Judge Omar Gaffney (as William Lynn)

Wallace Ford ... E.J. Lofgren--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 ... Miss Tewksbury (uncredited)
Sally Corner ... Mrs. Cummings (uncredited)

Pat Flaherty ... Policeman (uncredited)
Eula Guy ... Mrs. Johnson - Maid (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 ... Leslie--Chauffeur (voice) (uncredited)
Maudie Prickett ... Elvira--Cook (uncredited)
Almira Sessions ... Mrs. Halsey (uncredited)
Ruthelma Stevens ... Miss LaFay (uncredited)
Leo Sulky ... (uncredited)

Minerva Urecal ... Nurse Dunphy (uncredited)
William Val ... Leslie--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 (music)
 
Cinematography by
William H. Daniels (director of photography) (as William Daniels)
 
Film Editing by
Ralph Dawson (film editor)
 
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
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)
Ben Hawkins .... grip (uncredited)
Lloyd Hill .... gaffer (uncredited)
Bill Johnson .... camera operator (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Joan Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Ethmer Roten .... musician: flute (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Brock Pemberton .... producer: the stage play
Nagene Searle .... script supervisor (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
104 min | USA:111 min (DVD)
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording) | Dolby Digital (Dolby 5.1)
Certification:
Argentina:13 | Australia:G | Canada:G (Manitoba/Nova Scotia/Quebec) | Canada:G (Ontario) | Finland:S | France:Tous publics | South Korea:All | Sweden:15 | UK:U | USA:Not Rated | USA:Approved (certificate #14694) | West Germany:12

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Before starring in the film, James Stewart had played Elwood P. Dowd on stage during the role's originator, Frank Fay's, vacation.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: Books on the second shelf up from the bottom in Elwood's library change position throughout the movie.See more »
Quotes:
Veta Louise Simmons:Oh good! Nobody here but people.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Bedtime for Bonzo (1951)See more »
Soundtrack:
Waltz No. 1 in D-Flat Major, Op. 64, Minute WaltzSee more »

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7 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
A true classic in every way, 25 January 2000
Author: Gitte from Denmark

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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