Directed By: Henry Koster Starring: James Stewart

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Harvey, It’s just good clean fun!

on 1/2/2009

Harvey is wonderful old time fun. In the lead role, James Stewart portrays Elwood P. Dowd, an amiable if not eccentric gentleman who is befriended by an invisible “rabbit”, named Harvey. Harvey is actually a "pookah", a mischievous magical creature from Celtic mythology, who appears (or does not appear) in the form of a six-foot, three-and-one-half-inch tall rabbit. Of note, this film was ranked #35 on the American Film Institutes 100 Years... 100 Laughs (in June 2000).

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Harmless tippler elwood P. Dowd sees a 6-foot rabbit called harvey. Best supporting oscar for hull.


Studio Universal
SKU 40147277
UPC 025192033636
UPC 14 00025192033636
Format DVD
Release Date 3/18/2003
Rating NR
Essential Cinema
Family (General)
Theatrical Release
Wise Fools
Editors Note
Note Elwood is a good-natured, slightly sloshed man whose faithful companion is a 6-foot 3-1/2 inch rabbit that only he can see. When his sister Veta (Josephine Hull) tries to have him committed, she's taken in instead. It's up to Elwood and Harvey to straighten out the mess. James Stewart stars in his most amiable, bumbling mode. The film is based on Mary Chase's Pulitzer Prize-winning play. Academy Award Nominations: 1, including Best Actor: James Stewart. Academy Awards: 1, Best Supporting Actress: Josephine Hull.
Memorable Quotes
Quote "Myrtle Mae, you have a lot to learn, and I hope you never learn it."--Veta Louise Simmons (Josephine Hull)
Quote "I've wrestled with reality for thirty-five years, and I'm happy, Doctor, I finally won out over it."--Elwood P. Dowd (James Stewart)
Quote "Harvey and I have things to do...we sit in the bars...have a drink or two...and play the jukebox. Very soon the faces of the other people turn towards me and smile. They say: 'We don't know your name, mister, but you're all right, all right.' Harvey and I warm ourselves in these golden moments. We came as strangers--soon we have friends. They come over. They sit with us. They drink with us. They talk to us. They tell us about the great big terrible things they've done and the great big wonderful things they're going to do. Their hopes, their regrets. Their loves, their hates. All very large, because nobody ever brings anything small into a bar. Then I introduce them to Harvey, and he's bigger and grander than anything they can offer me. When they leave, they leave impressed. The same people seldom come back."--Elwood P. Dowd
Quote "I'd just helped Ed Hickey into a taxi. Ed had been mixing his drinks, and I felt he needed conveying. I started to walk down the street when I heard a voice saying: 'Good evening, Mr. Dowd.' I turned, and there was this big white rabbit leaning against a lamppost. Well, I thought nothing of that! Because when you've lived in a town as long as I've lived in this one, you get used to the fact that everybody knows your name."--Elwood P. Dowd on meeting Harvey for the first time
Total Film "...[Stewart gives] a gentle, philosophical performance in a gentle, philosophical film..." 10/01/2000 p.122
Sight and Sound "In 1950, Stewart was clearly looking to broaden his range....[He's] at home here in laid-back farce..." 02/01/2006 p.89
Henry Koster
James Stewart
Cast & Crew
Cecil Kellaway - Actor
Charles Drake - Actor
James Stewart - Actor
Josephine Hull - Actor
William H. Daniels - Cinematographer
Henry Koster - Director
Frank Skinner - Musical Score
Brock Pemerton, et al. - Producer
Bernard Herzbrun - Production Designer
Mary Chase - Screenplay
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1950
Catalog ID 20336
UPC 00025192033636
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 105 minutes
Color B&W
Original Language English
Available Subtitles French
Available Audio Tracks English [CC], English, Spanish Dubbed
Aspect Ratio
Oscar (1951) Josephine Hull, Winner, Best Supporting Actress,James Stewart, Nominee, Best Actor
Golden Globe (1951) Josephine Hull, Winner, Best Supporting Actress
DVD, Full Picture Aspect Ratio, Aspect Ratio 1.33:1, Mono Audio
Product Attributes
Actor Stewart,James
Label Mca Home Video
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Jeffrey Gantz, Boston Phoenix Stewart and his bunny buddy turn Harvey into 14-carrot gold.

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