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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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William H. Lynn ...
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Grayce Mills ...
Mrs. Ethel Chauvenet (as Grace Mills)
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Harvey ...
Himself
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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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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

In many interviews, James Stewart referred to the role of Elwood P. Dowd as his favourite. 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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Written by Jack Brooks
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"Oh, so pleasant."
15 March 2004 | by (Coventry, England) – See all my reviews

"Years ago, my mother used to say to me, she'd say: 'In this world, Elwood,' she always used to call me Elwood. 'In this world, Elwood, you must be oh, so smart or oh, so pleasant.' Well, for years I was smart. I recommend pleasant. And you can quote me."

  • Elwood P. Dowd (James Stewart)


And, though you suspect James Stewart was never anything less than thoroughly pleasant, that quote from this completely bewitching movie, sums up perfectly the career of James Stewart and this movie in particular. It is one of those rare, rare movies that, when one has watched it, makes you want to try harder to be a nicer, better person. I recommend 'pleasant,' also. And I recommend this movie.


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