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Plot: 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. Runtime: 104 mins Release Date: 12 Oct 1950
I have read that James Stewart considered Elwood P. Dowd his most personally significant role. In a career that spanned decades and included such great works at It's a Wonderful Life and Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, choosing Harvey's friend, Elwood, as his personal favorite says something about rather powerful about Mr. Stewart and Mr. Dowd.James Stewart was a down to earth, decent man whose personal life was as honorable as the lives of George Bailey and Jefferson Smith - but he admired Elwood P. Dowd, an alcoholic dreamer with an invisible giant white rabbit as his best friend. Not <more>
what you would expect of a man who piloted B-17's and led giant raids over Germany in WWII.Elwood's attraction for us is perhaps what attracted him so much to James Stewart. Elwood is happy with himself and his life and even more importantly, he makes others happy with their lives. That is the great magic of Elwood and Harvey: they make others happy and they bring peace and a measure of contentment to almost everyone who know them.I have seen another version of Harvey with Art Carney and it was quite good, but lacked the sense of magic that is a benediction in this version of Harvey. In the Carney version, you can see Harvey - he is a giant white rabbit - and seeing Harvey takes much of the magic away. When you watch Jimmy Stewart, you never really know if Harvey is real or not. You know that Elwood thinks he is real and you know that Elwood's family thinks Elwood is crazy. After watching for a while, you don't really care if Harvey is real. Elwood is real and it is his belief in Harvey and what Harvey represents to him that endows him with such sweet and gentle charm. Harvey is his rejection of the harshness and materialism of the world.Harvey is a charming, magical masterpiece of kindness and goodness that somehow never becomes maudlin. Elwood and Harvey do not feel sorry for themselves and they most certainly do not expect you to feel sorry for them either. If anything, Elwood feels sorry for the rest of the world and he does not understand how everyone can't see as clearly as he does. For in his world, we are all brothers who should love as generously and kindly as Mr. Stewart's Elwood P. Dowd.
Considered a classic with good reason (by howard.schumann)
For about the first thirty minutes, I was thinking of some way to politely inform those who recommended this film that it wasn't my cup of tea, but the more I stayed, the more captivated I became. Based on a stage play that opened six years earlier, Harvey, the 1950 film directed by Henry Koster, is a delight. If this Jimmy Stewart classic doesn't make you feel good, you must be related to Mr. Henry F. Potter of Bedford Falls. Harvey is a 6' 3'' Pooka who has befriended a certain Mr. Elwood P. Dowd and this causes all sorts of complications for those around him. In case <more>
you didn't know, in Celtic mythology a Pooka is a fearsome spirit that usually takes the form of a sleek dark horse that roams the countryside at night, creating harm and mischief. Well, Harvey is not like that at all.In fact, Harvey is a very gentle spirit who is always helping people out and can make everybody around him feel relaxed and in a good mood. Now Dowd needs all the help he can get. He likes to take a nip once in a while and is always talking to that danged rabbit to the chagrin of his sister Veta Louise Josephine Hull whose social life takes a nosedive when brother Elwood is around. Elwood's shenanigans also interfere with her plans to marry off her daughter Myrtle Mae Victoria Home . When Veta decides that she has had enough and tries to commit Elwood to a psychiatric institution, the tables are turned and she ends up being committed in a hilarious case of mistaken identity. When Elwood leaves the hospital after being released, the medical staff in the hospital a bit eccentric themselves realize their mistake and all try to find him.The madcap beginning soon turns into a gentle and moving drama. Jimmy Stewart is flawless as the decent man who never loses his temper and always has a smile on his face, giving everyone his card and inviting strangers home for dinner. The supporting cast is top notch as well including the unpleasant Dr. Chumley Cecil Kellaway , the egotistical psychiatrist Dr. Sanderson Charles Drake , his love struck assistant Miss Kelley Peggy Dow and the overwrought orderly Jesse White, later known as the Maytag repairman .Eventually some that ridiculed Elwood and his rabbit privately admit that they could see Harvey themselves and by the end we are gradually convinced that the so-called normal people may be stranger than Mr. Dowd. Harvey is considered a classic and with good reason. It works because of its good-natured humor and its gentle slap at those who automatically condemn ideas that are outside socially acceptable norms without thinking for themselves.
One of the best movies ever made! (by TheScottman)
When I first saw this movie I didn't think I would like it. I didn't think it was my "type" of movie. I was wrong. HARVEY will make you laugh and at the same time show you the power of kindness. JAMES STEWART makes you believe someone is there even know his friend is an invisible 6-foot tall rabbit. It is easily one of the best movies ever made! If you don't know what this movie is or haven't seen it for any reason all I have to say is "GO SEE IT!" Even if you don't like black and white movies, there is something in this movie for everyone. If you like <more>
drama, comedy, or just films that make you feel good inside this movie is for you."If ELWOOD P. DOWD is crazy I don't want to be sane."
Introducing "Harvey"'s fairy tale character: Elwood P Dowd (by casarbi)
This is a delightful film. Jimmy Stewart's Elwood is a timeless character. When we live in a world which is constantly looking forward or backwards, Elwood P Dowd is a character who reminds us how perfect our lives would be if could live in the now, enjoying the singular moment. It is Dowd's ideology as much as his "imaginary" friend that makes "Harvey" so captivating.Of course, Elwood Dowd could be far less perfect than we imagine. The back story seems to imply he undertook some sort of personality shift seven years back he says he took life seriously for thirty <more>
five years, he is now forty two as I recall . From the events he describes on his first encounter with "Harvey", his recalled dialogue infers this event was after his character transformation. Considering how his big sister, Veta seems to feel their mother should have warned her about Harvey when she moved in, it seems unlikely it was his mother's death that caused any sort of dramatic character alteration.So Dowd's character - for some reason - shifted from normal to unique. His life now is simplistic yet to himself, very busy. He spends a lot of times hanging around in bars meeting people. To him, that's a vocation, and with life itself being such a rich tapestry of character and history, who is one to argue? His approach to each day is structured on much repetition. His dialogue and mannerisms are very uniform and repetitive. His approach to all people remains equal. Elwood does initially give the audience the impression of someone who has had suffered breakdown, as someone who probably isn't quite normal. But as the film reminds us, when "normal" is actually quite nasty and stressful, would those "normal" people see being so very nice as a mental deficiency? The film doesn't dwell on the question as to whether or not Dowd suffers from mental illness. It could be character just was hit by some amazing epiphany seven years earlier. Unlike more contemporary offerings, it's not interested in what makes us who we are; it is more interested in what we are at present.While it's clear that Elwood was never always as simple and gracious as he is now. The film doesn't concern itself with any catalyst for this change; in fact, it seems to deliberately avoid talking about it. The beauty in "Harvey" is that Elwood is as much a fantasy character as the mischievous "imaginary" Pooka Harvey himself and in my opinion, just as fascinating.The timeless character of Elwood is solidified by the play/films disinterest in creating a resolution for his identity, even if all the unhappy people attempt the contrary. I prefer to see the change in Elwood as being an epiphany rather than a breakdown. It just seems to suit his almost fairy tale perfection. He doesn't see the bad in others. All behaviour has its reasons and all actions can be dealt with positively. Even when confronted with selfish concerns, he sees the lighter side. While the film doesn't leave any doubt to whether Harvey exists or not, it does leave the audience to make up it's mind on Elwood. That to me is the beauty of this film. The actual fairy tale character is definitive, but Elwood isn't. Is he a drunk? Again, personally, I don't feel he is. He never shows any behaviour indicative to a drunk. He goes and has a drink when he meets people as part of a ritualistic pattern, but the alcohol never pertains importance to him beyond that. Again, if we take Elwood's almost fantasy built persona - something we would all want to aspire to - to be able to socially drink very regularly without dependence seems quite fitting. That's my opinion, but really it's up to you to decide.So I think, deep down, we would all want to be Elwood Dowd. Not so much for the Pooka invisible friend, but simply because his existence shows us how life ought to be taken. This is of course, an impossibility given the responsibility of today's lifestyle. Life is too complicated for an existence firmly entrenched in the present and while we have to accept that we can't be like Elwood, it would be nice to think we can try.For me Mary Chase's "Harvey" presents a dream existence made manifest, and that is very much thanks to Stewart's beautifully performed Elwood Dowd.
Besides charm and humor, "Harvey" glows with unconventional wisdom. (by dracoflipper)
Most adults have long since stopped believing in the Easter Bunny. For better or for worse, they've come to find imaginary rabbits absurd and uncalled for. In "Harvey," however, you will find a very pleasant man who would beg to differ.Elwood P. Dowd is best friends with a pooka named Harvey. A pooka, by definition, is a `fairy spirit that appears in animal form, always very large.' In Harvey's case, this means a 6-foot-3.5-inch rabbit.Harvey is also invisible to the general populace, but this does not stop Elwood from talking to him, holding doors for him, and <more>
cheerfully introducing him to anyone and everyone they meet.Most other characters who are witnesses to this behavior -- and the viewer as well -- are skeptical at best of Elwood's sanity. The occasional act of mischief, though, as well as Stewart's unfailing faithfulness, are grounds enough to keep you wondering.The skillful blurring of the line between delusion and reality are testament to the skill of both Mary Chase and those who made her play into a movie.Elwood and Harvey tend to frequent the local bars, where meeting Harvey tends to brighten a person's heavy spirits since, as Elwood puts it, `nobody brings small things into a bar.' One will note that Harvey is no exception to this rule. His sister Veta, however, becomes determined to have Elwood committed after he and Harvey ruin the social gathering she so diligently arranged. They take a trip to the Chumley's Rest sanatorium for this purpose, but the particularly analytic psychologist Dr. Sanderson Charles Drake decides that it is Veta who's the crazy one and has her admitted instead. Josephine Hull expertly portrays Veta's quirks and anxieties about both her brother's sanity and her own.In one of the one of the movie's memorable scenes, Mr. Wilson, an orderly at the sanitarium, decides to look up what a `pooka' is. He discovers it is described as a `mischievous creature, very fond of rum-pots, crack-pots, and how are you Mr. Wilson?" That he is irritated rather than mystified only enhances the comedic effect.When the mix-up is revealed, a manhunt for Elwood commences. He is found at Charlie's which is just where he'd said he was going and brought back to the sanitarium, but not before impressing his apprehendors with his incredible good nature and altruistic attitude.Then, when Dr. Chumley, the owner of the sanitarium, informs Elwood about Veta's plans, him he is amazed when Elwood seems untroubled by this revelation."Harvey" has many memorable lines, many of which are notable for their ring of candor and elemental wisdom. Elwood's explanation is one of them, as he tells the doctor, `In this world, you must be oh-so-smart or oh-so-pleasant.' Well, for years I was smart. I recommend pleasant.' It is, in a large part, this attitude that makes both Elwood and "Harvey" so endearing. Such an overwhelming agreeable nature cannot help but infect the hearts and minds of those it touches.Furthermore, the occasional acts of mischief perhaps the work of Harvey? are both humorous and intriguing. Most importantly, the movie does an excellent job of questioning the value of conventional sanity.Inspired by Elwood, who states, `Well, I've wrestled with reality for 35 years, doctor, and I'm happy to state I finally won out over it,' the viewer is almost tempted to check the dictionary for `pooka' by the time the movie's over. Or, perhaps, to check for an Easter basket. Just in case.
Utterly charming and sweet little comedy (by MartinHafer)
While this isn't the best "screwball comedy" from Hollywood that honor goes to ARSENIC AND OLD LACE , it is one of the finest and an utterly charming and sweet little film. This is all thanks to wonderful performances from Jimmy Stewart as well as Josephine Hull as his sister she received an Oscar for her performance , as well as the exceptional writing.Stewart plays "Elwood P. Dowd", a disturbed but nice man who spends all of his time in the company of his friend, Harvey a giant invisible white rabbit . His sister is beside herself dealing with Elwood's <more>
"eccentricities" and decides to finally have him committed once and for all.Where the film goes from here I'll leave up to you to find out for yourself, as I would hate to spoil the surprise. But this film is an absolute must for all old film buffs and would be appreciated by anyone with a sense of humor.
This is a sweet, poetic movie which at the same time is hilarious! James Stewart shines as Elwood P. Dowd who is always accompanied by his best friend Harvey, a 6 foot rabbit that is invisible to almost everybody else, and Josephine Hull is a scream as his poor, tormented older sister, Veta.The story says a lot about imagination, kindness, miracles, and friendship, while simultaneously making you laugh out loud at the crazy characters inhabiting the town where it all takes place. Favourite scene: While everybody else is running around trying to figure out what is going on, Elwood literally <more>
stops to smell the flowers. :- Favourite quote: "I was walking down along the street and I heard this voice saying, 'Good evening, Mr. Dowd'. Well, I turned around, and here was this big 6 foot rabbit leaning up against a lamp post. 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."Don't miss this movie, because it is sure to leave a smile on your face and warmth in your heart :- . This is a true classic in every way.
There's something about James Stewart that always wins me over. He could probably play an mad villain and I'd probably still find myself rooting for him. He has a sort of charisma about him, perhaps in his easygoing manner or even in his bright pleasant smile that immediately makes you trust him as a good guy. In Harvey, based on the play of the same name, Stewart plays Elwood P. Dowd, a 40-some year old man with a 6 foot tall invisible white rabbit for his best friend. You think a man like that should be locked up in the madhouse? Well, you're onto the plot of the film <more>
already.Essentially, the story is a drama about people with problems and how a seemingly guileless man and his giant rabbit friend turn everything around. James Stewart is, as he always is, the everyman of the story that somehow brings a charming effect into the lives of his stressed out sister and niece and the people of the sanitarium that his sister tries to commit him to. That's basically it.The issue of the rabbit is also really neatly played with throughout the course of the film. The acting is all quite well practiced. The screenplay has a little problem with an abundance of exposition early on, so some of the early scenes drag a little, but it all picks up when the information is out. There's a wonderful quiet comedy to the events of the film that I found to be, well, charming.All in all, this is a sweet little film and thoroughly enjoyable. It hits most of the right notes and achieves what it sets out to do, which is entertain and tell you a little story about a man and his giant invisible white rabbit friend, and the people around him. It carries a buoyant sense of hope that's quite refreshing to see in our harsh harsh world. Not an escape, per se, but an understanding that we can still choose to be hopeful and compassionate even amidst the cruelness of the world around us. Good stuff. 8/10.
Beyond sweet, beyond merely funyy, and Stewart is amazing (by secondtake)
Harvey 1950 While the idea of a Forrest Gump-like simple man with a big heart is naturally appealing, and while the story is an obvious fable about sincerity and kindness, there is also something truly funny and sharp about many of the scenes in this unique movie. Most of all, James Stewart is beyond the beyond in his acting, not pushing the simpleton aspects of his character, not overdoing the wholesome wisdom hidden in his eccentricities. And playing with nuances in his face, and his famous hesitant deliveries. Really special stuff.You can't avoid seeing some of the cornball humor as <more>
canned, or some of the hysterical episodes not completely funny, but just loud or chaotic which is funny in its own way . And clearly many of the peripheral actors are filling in roles too supportive and not quite satisfying on their own. Luckily the mother of our hero Josephine Hull is played with a campy penetration that is perfect for the job and a reprise of a very similar role, a slightly dotty woman in a crazy family, seen in "Arsenic and Old Lace" made a few years earlier . The nurse is played by Betty Dow, and she seems trapped by the role but has some genuine edge to her performance too bad she only had a three year career in Hollywood , which contrasts with her doctor/boyfriend played by Charles Drake, also seeming to have a decent quick talent that never quite saw the light of day in decades of making movies. And such is the secondary cast, for the most part. So it is Stewart and his warm, honest, selfless nature who pulls of this movie, and he is enough. Director Henry Koster "The Bishop's Wife" and "The Singing Nun," both deserves credit partly for keeping it tight and letting the story, and Stewart, work their magic. But he also manages some frenetic scenes that are madcap and fun, if not always as hilarious as we might hope. In the end, of course, it's moving and touching more than simply funny and wacky. A good experience.