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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)
Mary Chase (screenplay) ...
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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 »
User Reviews:
A Little Fantasy Never Hurt Anyone-----Or Did It? See more (194 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 (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)
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: the stage play
Nagene Searle .... script supervisor (uncredited)
 
Crew verified as complete


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Runtime:
104 min | USA:111 min (DVD)
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Color:
Black and White (Sepiatone)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 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:
Mary Chase had the idea that film audiences should actually see Harvey at the end of the film because she "didn't want anybody to go out of the theater thinking Elwood is just a lush. He believes in Harvey...and I think the audience ought to believe in Harvey, too." The studio reportedly considered this and experimented with how to show him to the audience, including his appearance in silhouette, and even by attaching a rabbit tail to the taxi driver at the film's conclusion. In the end, however, the studio won out and wisely decided NOT to ruin the illusion. Only once had a giant rabbit actually appeared on stage in the play of Harvey, and the results were disastrous. Theatrical Producer Brock Pemberton recalled in a 1945 interview that at that performance in Boston, "a chill descended on the gathering, which never quite thawed out afterwards."See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: 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 »
Quotes:
Elwood P. Dowd:[talking about Harvey] Did I tell you he could stop clocks?
Dr. Chumley:To what purpose.
Elwood P. Dowd:Well, you've heard the expression; 'his face would stop a clock'.
Dr. Chumley:Mm-hmm.
Elwood P. Dowd:Well, Harvey can look at your clock... and stop it. And you can go anywhere you like, with anyone you like, and stay as long as you like, and when you get back... not one minute will have ticked by.
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Soundtrack:
Waltz No. 1 in D-Flat Major, Op. 64, Minute WaltzSee more »

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14 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
A Little Fantasy Never Hurt Anyone-----Or Did It?, 6 May 2002
Author: tfrizzell from United States

Another great comedy from Hollywood's Golden Age has James Stewart (Oscar-nominated) going all around town with his imaginary friend Harvey, a six-foot rabbit. Sister Josephine Hull (Oscar-winning) tries to have Stewart committed, but it seems that everyone who tries to reason with Stewart go crazy themselves. Hilarious and intelligent in every way imaginable. A fine piece of entertainment. 4.5 out of 5 stars.

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