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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 »
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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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"I always have a wonderful time, wherever I am, whoever I'm with". See more (211 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 - Taxi Driver

Nana Bryant ... Mrs. Hazel Chumley
Grayce Mills ... Mrs. Ethel Chauvenet (as Grace Mills)

Clem Bevans ... Mr. Herman Shimelplatzer
Harvey ... Harvey
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Gino Corrado ... Eccentric Man (scenes deleted)

Jack Curtis ... Undetermined Secondary Role (scenes deleted)
Ida Moore ... Mrs. McGiff (scenes deleted)
Billy Wayne ... Man in Car (scenes deleted)

Gertrude Astor ... Party Guest (uncredited)
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 Customer (uncredited)

Philo McCullough ... Bar Customer (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 ... Minor Role (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:
Charles Drake replaced Alex Nichol in the part of Dr. Sanderson when the latter was assigned to _Tomahawk_.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: Elwood's hands change position when Dr. Sanderson 'meets' Harvey.See more »
Quotes:
Elwood P. Dowd:Miss Kelly, you know, when you wear my flower you make it beautiful.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Foul Play (1978)See more »
Soundtrack:
My LoveSee more »

FAQ

Why does Elwood rip up the envelope without even reading what's inside?
Is this movie based on a novel?
Did this film inspire "Donnie Darko"?
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31 out of 39 people found the following review useful.
"I always have a wonderful time, wherever I am, whoever I'm with"., 21 April 2002
Author: AdFin from UK

A wonderful comedy-drama starring the immensely talented James Stuart as kind hearted Elwood P. Dowd, a man who has refused to be ruled by life. The brilliance of this film is the subtlety of the story and the layers of the character. Under the polite veneer of fifties Hollywood conventions, Harvey has a decidedly dark undercurrent, one that deals with alcoholism, loneliness and rejection. Not that this should deter you from enjoying the many comic scenarios that Harvey throws at the viewer during the course of the film, as this is definitely a comedy gem. But the truth and beauty behind what Elwood is saying only make the entire package all the more exquisite, like putting chocolate on a donut.

The most beautiful scene I've seen in any film is the scene in which Elwood explains how Harvey has enriched his life, though the people who are listening to the story doubt Harvey's existence, thus doubting Elwood's sanity, the words of his speech, coupled with the delivery of Stuart's performance are so touching and true that even the most jaded audience will be won over into believing Harvey to be real. The enjoyment that Elwood now gets from life, the wonderful times he has, wherever he is, whoever he's with, is the kind of enjoyment everyone strives to achiever from life. This is bygone film-making at it's best; Stuart is such a joy to watch that you'll remember this film for a long time after viewing. With fine support from all the actors, this is one film that truly deserves its classic status.

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