Harvey (1950)

 


 

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

Elwood P. Dowd is a mild-mannered, pleasant man, who just happens (he says) to have an invisible friend resembling a 6-foot rabbit. Full summary »

Genre: Comedy,Drama,Fantasy

Harvey (1950)
   
Release Date: 13 October 1950 (USA)
Country: USA
Director: Henry Koster
Cast:
  • James Stewart
  • Josephine Hull
  • Peggy Dow
  • Charles Drake
  • Cecil Kellaway
  • Victoria Horne
  • Jesse White
  • William H. Lynn
  • Wallace Ford
  • Nana Bryant
  • Grayce Mills
  • Clem Bevans
  • Gino Corrado
  • Jack Curtis
  • Ida Moore
  • Billy Wayne


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33 Responses to Harvey (1950)

  1. terror_and_submission
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    In Robert Anton Wilson’s autobiographical book "Cosmic Trigger" he mentions Harvey and relates the experience of being in contact with a giant rabbit (also described as a fairy or ‘vegetation spirit’) to his own bizarre experiences with a "Higher Intelligence". First this manifested as the sighting of a warty green elf (called Mescalito by Peyote cults), then as all kinds of weird phenomena, ultimately leading him to believe extraterrestrials were contacting him.

    It seems that throughout history, innumerable people ranging from average joes to scientists with PhDs (with people who would generally be considered sane making up the majority) have reported contact with some "Higher Intelligence". R.A.W. suggests that Harvey is just such a critter and that perhaps the author of the play had similar experiences.

    This could go some way in explaining all the questions as to whether Harvey is "real". Although most would assume anyone who insists they talk to a giant rabbit is bonkers, reading "Cosmic Trigger" may alter your opinion on that, or at least convince you that there are a lot more crazies than perhaps you once thought.

  2. Daymare01
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    Am I the only one who almost cried when I read about the remake? This is one of my favorite movies, and NOBODY can top Jimmy Stewart. This movie should not be made, for any reason. I’ve lost the little bit of respect I had left for Steven *beep*

    "Everything I know about the Amish, I learned from Kingpin." – P.H.

  3. bkutach
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    Why can nobody see Harvey except Elwood Dodd? I see this movie several times, and I have seen it once performed on stage. But this question has been in the back of my mind, every time I see it. But the Dr. Chumley character, sees Harvey, and even humm… Joesephine Hull who plays Elwood’s sister or mother, makes a statement, somewhere in the movie with James Stewart, that she once saw Harvey. But is kind of like the thing in the "Polar Express" book, and movie as well, if you have the faith, you will see it, or am I chasing down a rabbit trail?

  4. MarilynGraceBogart
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    I’ve been watching a lot of Jimmy Stewart movies lately so of course I had to check out "Harvey." And I’m so glad I did! This has got to be one of the sweetest, most beautiful movies I’ve ever seen. I don’t think I’ve ever loved a character more fully that I have Elwood P. Dowd. This movie should be required viewing for well…everyone!

    Such a sweet story =]

    "You’re cute."

    "I’m getting cuter every minute."

    Humphrey Bogart

  5. thelb
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    Jimmy Stewart was 6’3.5", so in reality he wouldn’t have to crane his neck to speak to Harvey. This annoy anybody else?

    A pig who doesn’t fly is just an ordinary pig

  6. Onetrickpony-1
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    Who plays Harvey, there’s no credit listing for him on the cast page.

  7. valleycats
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    Harvey or Frank?

    "Frank was here. Went out to get beer"

  8. PookaDude
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    This is going to seem slightly off-topic at first, but there’s a Harvey connection, so bear with me. The other day on TCM I was watching a really strange movie called "The Twonky" starring Hans Conreid. One of the other actors seemed really familiar to me, I just couldn’t figure out why. Then I remembered: he played Judge Gafney in Harvey! But when I looked it up here on IMDB, I found two seperate listings, one for "William H. Lynn" and another for "Billy Lynn (I)":

    William H. Lynn:

    http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0528831/

    Billy Lynn (I)

    http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0528621/

    I’m almost positive it’s the same person. Am on to something or am I full of crap?

    "Life is a state of mind." – Being There

  9. DropGems
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    That if you believe enough in something, it can happen. That we all have the capability to be batsh!t crazy at times. This is unintentionally a unique portrayal of mental illness, from the lighter side of course.

  10. caitrp10
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    To start, I love this movie and am completely charmed by Jimmy Stewart always, but I could’nt really tell is Elwood is an alcoholic or not. Obviously the movie touches on alcolholism but Elwood and Harvey’s trips to the bar always seemed so light-hearted and social, not like hard core drinkers. Anyways, sorry if this is a terribly obvious question!

  11. BogartHanksPresleyDelon
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    Please, explain to me. Was Harvey real? Why could only Elwood, the doctor and sometimes Veta see him? I thought the film was wonderful, but there are so many things I don’t understand.

    "WHY DIDN’T YOU STARVE FIRST?!"Humphrey Bogart, ‘Dead End’ (1937)

  12. Stark_Almighty
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    Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Hands down.

  13. jakejanse
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    it for the most part was correct in what it was, but what was with the wording? "it apears here and there to this one and that one" and what what on earth is "how are you Mr. johnson?"

  14. cdrw74minutes
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    The fact that Donnie Darko is almost 100 spots in front of Harvey on the top 250 list is a tragedy. Not only did Harvey offer the basic idea which Donnie Darko stole, it’s simply a much better film.

  15. Old_Scratch
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    Just a question of preference, I suppose. They never address it in the end of the film, but I like to think that in the time between Harvey leaving Elwood for the Doctor, and him coming back at the gate, that Harvey let the Doctor have his two weeks in Akron without a moment going by in real time.

    Anyone else like to think this way?

    "I just found this world a really hard place to be good in." – Bunny Munro

  16. J-Street-9
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    In an article at Variety talking about how Steven Spielberg still wants to make his Abraham Lincoln biopic now that Robert Redford is starting The Conspirator, the trade mentions who may be Spielberg’s choice to topline his Harvey remake:

    Spielberg is presently focusing on his "reimagining" of "Harvey," with Robert Downey Jr. possibly playing the man who sees an invisible rabbit.

    Regarding the two Lincoln films, Redford’s movie focuses on a young woman charged with conspiring to kill Lincoln, while Spielberg’s project will focus on the president’s anguish over the length and toll of the Civil War.


    Hopefully, he does Lincoln first. However, I could definitely see Downey Jr. as Elwood. Although, I think the role belonged to Tom Hanks if anyone else.

    http://www.comingsoon.net/news/movienews.php?id=59120

    "Poor is the man that believes his own lies."

  17. comedylover88
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    Has anyone ever done this play in high school or anywhere? When I was in high school, we put on this play and I played Mrs. Chumley. Who all’s done it and who did you play?

    I love Jesus Christ and am 100% proud!

  18. the_anorexic_sumo
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    …the remake isn’t being made anymore. I love Spielburg and all, but this was one classic that needed to be left alone.

    *There is no spoon*

  19. jlarimore-2
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    Harvey is probably my favorite movie of all time, and being an independent filmmaker, I just was wondering if anyone else thought that a remake of this classic movie would be entertaining. I often think about it, but the original was just so magical and Jimmy Stewart plays the role of Elwood so flawlessly that I can’t imagine a finer movie being made. So i guess my question is whether or not a remake could be a good idea or if it would simply tarnish the original?

  20. thegrinch_89
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    Can Hollywood STOP doing crappy remakes?

    Indiana Jones: "Tomorrow I’ll steal you another one."

  21. tdaugherty2005
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    Two of the actors in this appeared in "The Mummy’s Hand" along with dirctor’s wife, Peggy Moran. Interesting, huh?

  22. ruffian82
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    it’s a long link

    …and I have absolutely nothing to do with it, selling, knowing seller, or so on,but I was looking for the picture too and oddly when I typed in my searches on this very day, I got this:

    http://cgi.ebay.com/Jimmy-Stewart-Stunning-Signed-Harvey-Rabbit-Display-_W0QQitemZ120417330277QQcmdZViewItemQQimsxZ20090508?IMSfp=TL0905081210007r35497

    It’s pretty much self explanatory. I think it’s neat but I am looking for the actual picture, so…if anyone else has been looking for this, someone is putting it up for bids! Looking through the threads I think a few people here have posted links to pictures…I will try that again, with thanks for the help.

  23. Stark_Almighty
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    Really *beep* gives me the creeps…

    http://www.doctormacro1.info/Images/Stewart,%20James/Annex/Annex%20-%2 0Stewart,%20James%20(Harvey)_04.jpg

    Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Edward Norton are The Avengers!

  24. kh_blogger
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    Can you imagine? LOL!

    KH

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  25. gloria_c333
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  26. tom-strillo
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  27. ryanbond
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    This sounds like a scary/bizarre movie! It seems to have that, Jimmy Stewart warm and fuzzy artwork and cinema rememberance, but it actually sounds kinda scary!!

  28. hallowedgrnd
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    I sort of worship at the altar of director Steven Spielberg. In 1975’s "Jaws" the man introduced the world to the blockbuster, and with it hundreds of spectacle-filled summer weekends to come. He slips in and out of genres like seasonal outfits, wearing a thriller one year, a touching family drama another, a sci-fi end-of-world scenario in yet another. And next up? A taste of magical realism.

    Mike Fleming reports for Variety that Spielberg’s next directing gig will be a remake of the 1950 movie "Harvey," which is itself an adaptation of a Puliter Prize-winning 1944 play. It is the story of Elwood P. Dowd, an odd dude whose best friend is Harvey, a six foot tall, invisible rabbit. And since Elwood insists on introducing his furry pal to everyone, people tend to think he’s… well… not so right in the head.

    The project will be a co-production between Spielberg’s DreamWorks studio and 20th Century Fox, with a script written by bestselling author Jonathan Tropper. Spielberg, who has plenty of projects to choose from — just last week, word emerged that he was interested in taking on "Matt Helm" — is keen on hopping back into the director’s chair quickly, after last year’s "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull."

    "Harvey" offers him an opportunity to do so; casting and pre-production work are already underway, clearing a path to an early 2010 start to production. A late 2010 release might be a stretch, though this project certainly won’t demand the extensive post-production of the director’s previous effects-driven blockbusters like "Crystal Skull," "War of the Worlds" and "Minority Report."

    The real question I have is where a movie like "Harvey" might fit best: the steamy days of summer, when audiences are looking for indoor, air-cooled relief or the cold and rainy fall months, when Oscar contenders draw the crowds out with their big name actors and weighty ideas. It’s been more than a decade since Spielberg won his Oscar statue for "Saving Private Ryan." Perhaps it’s time for him to go for another.

    The question is, who is our modern-day Jimmy Stewart? The lovable actor played Elwood in the 1950 version of "Harvey" and finding someone to fill his shoes for a presumably modern take on the story will be this production’s real challenge. Longtime Spielberg pal Tom Hanks is the obvious answer. The man who gave us the character Forrest Gump is Hollywood’s go-to nice guy; he even pops up in "The Simpsons Movie," telling the world in a PSA that the giant new crater in the earth where a town used to be is okay, nothing to worry about.

    Personally, I’d like to see Spielberg turn to someone different for a change. Specifically, George Clooney. He’s proven himself as a talented, multi-faceted actor time and again, from the thinking person’s action of "Three Kings" to the down-home fantasy of "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" to the calm, collected cool of Rat Pack-inspired Las Vegas heists in the "Ocean’s" movies.

    Where Hanks is a "safe" bet for Spielberg’s Stewart stand-in, I feel like Clooney could really re-invent the role. He plays the eccentric very well, and the inescapable aura of "cool" that he exudes could be just the thing to keep "Harvey" relevant for modern audiences. We’ll find out soon one way or another, what with "Harvey" on a fast-track to getting made.

    Who would you pick to play the Jimmy Stewart role? Hanks? Clooney? Someone else? Where should the release of Spielberg’s "Harvey" fit into the calendar year?

    Monday 3 August 2009

  29. lastmidnite2
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    It’s just been announced in Variety that Steven Spielberg is remaking Harvey. I would bet he’ll cast Tom Hanks.

  30. Qdolbssopn
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    I read that the Steven Spielberg remake of Harvey is going to be closer in tone to the original play, than to the James Stewart movie. So my question goes as follows; How does the tone differ between the original play and the Stewart movie?

  31. Stark_Almighty
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    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1484986/board/

    Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Edward Norton are The Avengers!

  32. kh_blogger
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    See why that’s a VERY bad idea here: http://filmcriteek.blogspot.com

    jk90

  33. tmaj48
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    Long ago, I read an article about Mary Chase’s writing of this play. It mentioned that she had some trouble deciding on what kind of animal Elwood’s

    "pooka" would be. The article mentioned some other possible choices–I think

    one was a giant penguin. Does anyone have any information on what other animals

    were pooka candidates?

    I’m not crying, you fool, I’m laughing!

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