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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:
Because of his insistence that his companion is an invisible six-foot rabbit, a whimsical middle-aged man is thought by his family to be insane - but the man might be wiser than anyone knows. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
Won Oscar. Another 1 win & 4 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Considered a classic with good reason See more (184 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)
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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)
 
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Runtime:
104 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
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

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Though James Stewart's character, Elwood P. Dowd, may certainly be referred to as an alcoholic, only at one time in the entire picture is he seen taking a drink.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: Elwood's hands change position when Dr. Sanderson 'meets' Harvey.See more »
Quotes:
Mr. Cracker, the Bartender:[to Wilson] One more peep outta you, weisenheimer, and I'll butter your necktie.See more »
Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
Waltz No. 1 in D-Flat Major, Op. 64, Minute WaltzSee more »

FAQ

Did this film inspire "Donnie Darko"?
Why does Elwood rip up the envelope without even reading what's inside?
Is this movie based on a novel?
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99 out of 109 people found the following review useful.
Considered a classic with good reason, 21 March 2005
Author: Howard Schumann from Vancouver, B.C.

For about the first thirty minutes, I was thinking of some way to politely inform those who recommended this film that it wasn't my cup of tea, but the more I stayed, the more captivated I became. Based on a stage play that opened six years earlier, Harvey, the 1950 film directed by Henry Koster, is a delight. If this Jimmy Stewart classic doesn't make you feel good, you must be related to Mr. Henry F. Potter of Bedford Falls. Harvey is a 6' 3'' Pooka who has befriended a certain Mr. Elwood P. Dowd and this causes all sorts of complications for those around him. In case you didn't know, in Celtic mythology a Pooka is a fearsome spirit that usually takes the form of a sleek dark horse that roams the countryside at night, creating harm and mischief. Well, Harvey is not like that at all.

In fact, Harvey is a very gentle spirit who is always helping people out and can make everybody around him feel relaxed and in a good mood. Now Dowd needs all the help he can get. He likes to take a nip once in a while and is always talking to that danged rabbit to the chagrin of his sister Veta Louise (Josephine Hull) whose social life takes a nosedive when brother Elwood is around. Elwood's shenanigans also interfere with her plans to marry off her daughter Myrtle Mae (Victoria Home). When Veta decides that she has had enough and tries to commit Elwood to a psychiatric institution, the tables are turned and she ends up being committed in a hilarious case of mistaken identity. When Elwood leaves the hospital after being released, the medical staff in the hospital (a bit eccentric themselves) realize their mistake and all try to find him.

The madcap beginning soon turns into a gentle and moving drama. Jimmy Stewart is flawless as the decent man who never loses his temper and always has a smile on his face, giving everyone his card and inviting strangers home for dinner. The supporting cast is top notch as well including the unpleasant Dr. Chumley (Cecil Kellaway), the egotistical psychiatrist Dr. Sanderson (Charles Drake), his love struck assistant Miss Kelley (Peggy Dow) and the overwrought orderly (Jesse White, later known as the Maytag repairman).

Eventually some that ridiculed Elwood and his rabbit privately admit that they could see Harvey themselves and by the end we are gradually convinced that the so-called normal people may be stranger than Mr. Dowd. Harvey is considered a classic and with good reason. It works because of its good-natured humor and its gentle slap at those who automatically condemn ideas that are outside socially acceptable norms without thinking for themselves.

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