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James Stewart stars as Elwood P. Dowd, whose constant companion is Harvey, a six-foot tall invisible rabbit. To his sister, his obsession with Harvey has been a thorn in her plans to marry off her daughter. But when she decides to put Elwood in a mental institution, a hilarious mix-up occurs, and she finds herself committed instead. It's now up to Elwood and "Harvey" to straighten out the mess. Josephine Hull won an academy award for Best Supporting Actress as Elwood's sister, Veta Louise. Written by J Rice

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An honest classic & one of the finest feel good movies ever
22 June 2014 | by (London, UK) – See all my reviews

I will not make references to the play since this is a film review and not a play review.

As a movie it is first class. Stewart plays his part quite beautifully, and the supporting cast is equally adept. Just watching Helen Hayes face whilst the singer performed at her home is a delight in itself.

Funny, touching and memorable, it tells the story of a man who, possibly is a simpleton, or possibly not. This depends on your point of view, since he appears to be a man who see's a 6ft tall invisible rabbit in his imagination. But is it his imagination, or is it just everyone else's lack of the same that stops them from seeing it.

By the end of the film you will be convinced one way or the other, and your guaranteed to be delighted and touched in the process.

When interviewed some many years later, Stewart would comment that of all of the movies he had ever made, this was perhaps his favourite.

I wouldn't want to spoil it for anyone, but just watch out for my favourite part of the film where a male orderly at the hospital where his sister tries to have him committed reads from the dictionary.

This is a film I saw many many years ago when I was young, and it has stayed with me to the point where I would say it is in my top twenty enjoyable films of all time.


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