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Harvey (1950)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy | 21 December 1950 (USA)
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.

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Grayce Mills ...
Mrs. Ethel Chauvenet (as Grace Mills)
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Harvey ...
Himself
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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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The Wonderful Pulitzer Prize Play... becomes one of the Great Motion Pictures of our Time!

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Comedy | Drama | Fantasy

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21 December 1950 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Mein Freund Harvey  »

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(Western Electric Recording)| (Dolby 5.1)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Although James Stewart is 6'4'', he refers to Harvey as being 6'3 1/2'' tall in the film and looks up at him during the entire film. That's because this is Harvey's height in the original play by Mary Chase. In a 1990 interview, Stewart said that he had decided that for the film, Harvey was going to be 6'8'', so that he could indeed look up at him. See more »

Goofs

At the end of the movie when Harvey is supposed to be in the porch swing, you can see that someone is pulling a string on the arm of the swing to make the swing change its motion. See more »

Quotes

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

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Perfect film, look for lighting
5 April 2004 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

A perfect film, overwhelmingly loved. I would like to point out the lighting in the film is wonderful. The best scene to look for is as Mr Dowd is sitting in the alley behind the bar speaking to the Doctor & nurse and the use of shadows and indirect lighting bring a strength to the scene that is usually only noted for Citizen Kane.

Stewart is so great in so many films and this is among his best roles.

This is screwball comedy that is somehow low key and without slapstick. I cannot think of any film that is similar to this since Peter Sellers did "Being There" in 1979.

They should not remake this film, but if they did the only acceptable actor would be Tom Hanks.


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