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Harvey (1950)

Approved | | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy | 21 December 1950 (USA)
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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.

Director:

Henry Koster

Writers:

Mary Chase (from the Pulitzer Prize Play by), Mary Chase (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Won 1 Oscar. Another 1 win & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Wallace Ford ... Ellis Logfren, The Taxi Driver
William H. Lynn William H. Lynn ... Judge Omar Gaffney (as William Lynn)
Victoria Horne ... Myrtle Mae Simmons
Jesse White ... Martin Wilson
Cecil Kellaway ... Dr. William Chumley
Charles Drake ... Dr. Raymond Sanderson
Peggy Dow ... Miss Kelly
Josephine Hull ... Veta Louise Dowd Simmons
James Stewart ... Elwood P. Dowd
Nana Bryant ... Mrs. Hazel Chumley
Grayce Mills ... Mrs. Ethel Chauvenet (as Grace Mills)
Clem Bevans ... Mr. Herman Shimelplatzer
Harvey Harvey ... Harvey
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Gino Corrado ... Eccentric Man (scenes deleted)
Jack Curtis ... Undetermined Secondary Role (scenes deleted)
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Storyline

The classic stage hit gets the Hollywood treatment in the story of Elwood P. Dowd who makes friends with a spirit taking the form of a human-sized rabbit named Harvey that only he sees (and a few privileged others on occasion also.) After his sister tries to commit him to a mental institution, a comedy of errors ensues. Elwood and Harvey become the catalysts for a family mending its wounds and for romance blossoming in unexpected places. Written by Dale Roloff

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Taglines:

The Wonderful Pulitzer Prize Play... becomes one of the Great Motion Pictures of our Time!

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Fantasy

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish | Latin

Release Date:

21 December 1950 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Harvey See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (DVD)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Harold Lloyd was willing to appear in a film version of the Pulitzer Prize-winning play, and Preston Sturges expressed interest in purchasing the screen rights. See more »

Goofs

Elwood's hands change position when Dr. Sanderson 'meets' Harvey. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Mailman: Is this 348?
Elwood P. Dowd: Yes, it is.
Mailman: I gotta special delivery here.
Elwood P. Dowd: Oh, that sounds interesting.
Mailman: It's for Dowd.
Elwood P. Dowd: Dowd. Dowd's my name. Elwood P. Let me give you one of my cards.
Mailman: That won't be necessary sir. Just, eh, sign right here. Beautiful day.
Elwood P. Dowd: Oh, every day's a beautiful day.
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Crazy Credits

At the very end Harvey opens a door and the words at the bottom of the screen say "Harvey as Himself." See more »


Soundtracks

Waltz No. 1 in D-Flat Major, Op. 64, Minute Waltz
(uncredited)
Music by Frédéric Chopin
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User Reviews

 
joyous, wonderful, timeless, perfect
11 February 2017 | by A_Different_DrummerSee all my reviews

A film is like a recipe, you need the right ingredients.

Start with a Pulitzer Prize willing play.

Cast the perfect screen ensemble.

Mix well, bake at 350 degrees, and serve hot.

Never mind the B&W. Never mind that young people of the current era (whenever you read this review) will think the look is dated or the actors are of a bygone age.

This version of Harvey will never be surpassed. Stewart owns this role the way Eastwood owns the Man with No Name, or Harrison owns Indiana Jones.

Have seen this six or seven times and each time I catch some nuance in the script I missed before.

Roger Ebert used to say that the mark of a fine film was inverse to the number of times you looked at your watch. I never look at my watch when I watch Harvey.

In the grand tradition of Pooka magic, time stops.


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