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Harvey (1950) Movie Information

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Henry Koster


James Stewart
Josephine Hull
Peggy Dow
Jesse White
William H. Lynn
Charles Drake





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A man who claims to see a full size bunny as his friend, has his family try to commit him to an insane asylum only to have themselves committed. Comedy.

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Yojimbo 12/09/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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Likeable feel good movie that promotes individuality and tolerance in an amusingly surreal way. I found Stewart's performance a little too compliant and "Aw Gee shucks" for my tastes, but an enjoyably light comic piece.

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Alaine 12/09/2011 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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Josephine Hull is the best. This one has to be seen over and over. Watch it closely, because it's more clever than it looks.

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mitchellyoung 09/02/2011 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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The concept is interesting and original and I liked the way the film walked the line between a realistic drama and a fantasy (leaving the question - is the rabbit real? somewhat open ended.) Jimmy Stewart stretches his acting chops with a genial and heartfelt starring performance.

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Ghost Seed 07/29/2008 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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Ahh Jimmy Stewart - the timeless charmer...though never was he more charming than he was in this movie, and no one could have played the part better (to think Cary Grant would have gotten it!) Hilarious, creatively done (almost every shot of Stewart is a two-shot to include Harvey) and well-acted. That trademark twinkle-in-his-eye when he converses with his pooka is simply priceless.

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06/22/2013 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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"Everyday's a beautiful day." The story revolves around an eclectic Elwood P. Dowd (Stewart), concerned Veta Louise Simmons (Hull), Dr. Lyman Sanderson (Charles Drake) and Myrtle Mae Simmons (Victoria Horne). The screenplay was relly good with insightful lines: Veta - "Well, I'm sorry - life is not easy for any of us." and Elwood - "I always have a wonderful time, wherever I, am, whomever I'm with." "In this world, Elwood, you must be oh, so smart or oh, so pleasant.' Well, for years I was smart. I recommend pleasant." "Ah well, some people are blind." " can't have too many friends." It's baffling how Elwood always invite people in his place and how little the viewer knows about Harvey. Humor was not that effective as well. Obviously the picture resonates because of the talented J...

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01/29/2011 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Benign Kook

Are there any movie characters like Elwood P. Dowd anymore? Of course, there are not. Times have changed, and stories about benign kooks tend to have a darker or more surreal bent. This movie's setting is good-ol' small-town America, and its characters, including Harvey's pal Elwood, are all just simple folks trying their best to fit in and do the right thing. Only James Stewart could've pulled this off, and only in the early fifties. It would be pointless and impossible to do a remake.

The movie also includes a nice low-comedy moment, when a wanna-be society dame entertains a bruch bunch with a "hop, hop, hippity-hop" number, ample bosom a-bouncing. In a stellar cast, Josephine Hull is a treat as Elwood's long-suffering but adoring sister.

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