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Harvey (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy) (1950)

James Stewart , Josephine Hull , Henry Koster  |  NR |  Blu-ray
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (436 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: James Stewart, Josephine Hull, Charles Drake, Cecil Kellaway, Jesse White
  • Directors: Henry Koster
  • Writers: Mary Chase, Oscar Brodney
  • Producers: John Beck
  • Format: Black & White, Dolby, Full Screen, Subtitled, Multiple Formats
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), English (DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Mono), French (DTS-HD 2.0), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), Spanish (DTS-HD 2.0)
  • Subtitles: French, Spanish
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • DVD Release Date: August 28, 2012
  • Digital Copy Expiration Date: December 31, 2013 (Click here for more information)
  • Run Time: 210 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (436 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B006TTC5JK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #80,770 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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James Stewart gives one of his finest performances in this lighthearted film, based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning play. Stewart stars as the good-natured Elwood P. Dowd, whose constant companion is Harvey, a six-foot tall rabbit that only he can see. To his sister, Veta Louise, Elwood’s obsession with Harvey has been a thorn in the side of her plans to marry off her daughter. But when Veta Louise decides to put Elwood in a mental hospital, a hilarious mix-up occurs and she finds herself committed instead. It’s up to Elwood to straighten out the mess with his kindly philosophy, and his “imaginary” friend, in this popular classic that features a Best Supporting Actress Academy Award-wining performance by Josephine Hull.

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69 of 72 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Real Gem October 20, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
Elwood P. Dowd is happy to share a drink with anybody he meets, and he likes to give them his card and invite them to have dinner at his home. His charm is disarming. People will tell their troubles over a drink, he says. Then he introduces them to his friend, Harvey, and Harvey is sooo much bigger than anything they've got... Harvey is an invisible (usually), six-foot tall white rabbit. Harvey is also too big for Elwood's society-conscious sister, Veta, and her unattached daughter, Myrtle Mae, to cope with. Veta makes a mistake, however, when she tries to get Elwood committed to a sanatorium.
Jimmy Stewart is superb as Elwood P. Dowd, but Josephine Hull steals the show as his totally flustered sister. She is, quite simply, at her wits' end. This is one of only two movies that I know of that feature Hull (the other is "Arsenic and Old Lace"). Both are personal favorites, and Hull is excellent in both. The rest of the cast is also outstanding in this adaptation from a classic Broadway play. Many moments are hilarious, some are touching, and it all adds up to a terrific movie. This witty romp will be welcome in almost anyone's video library.
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43 of 44 people found the following review helpful
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Format:DVD
"Harvey" a play written by Mary Chase began its long run on Broadway in 1944 and won the Pultizer Prize for best original American play in the same year. Harvey ran for another 4 years for a total of 1775 appearances. In 1950 Universal Studios acquired the film rights for a whopping $750,000 and signed Jimmy Stewart as the fun loving inebriate Elwood P. Dowd wealthy aire to the Dowd estate.
Summary; Harvey is a whimsical story about a fun loving inebriate millionaire Elwood P. Dowd (Stewart - he is perfectly cast - in an Oscar Nomination Role for Best Actor) & his very large white invisible rabbit (6 foot 8 inches), Harvey. Through his eccentric behavior with his friend Harvey, aggravates & is a constant embarressment to his family, especially his sister Vera Louise (Josephine Hull - she came from the original Broadway cast - in an Oscar Winning performance - Best Supporting Actress). Vera tries everyway to have Elwood addmitted to a mental hospital. A wonderous journey & many funny turn of events occur. And how everyones lives are effected by this unusual pair.
The DVD is a Black & White Full Screen (before WideScreen) presentation. The video transfer is outstanding. The extras/bonus materials include a 1990 Jimmy Stewart "Special introduction with photographic montage", production notes, mini bios & trailer. A great family film. Enjoy.
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59 of 64 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars May I introduce you to Harvey? November 2, 2004
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
"Well, I've wrestled with reality for 35 years, doctor, and I'm happy to state I finally won out over it." That cheerful comment sets the tone for "Harvey," a movie about a lovable guy whose way of dealing with the harshness of reality is simple: Make his own.

Veta Louise Simmons (Josephine Hull) hopes to arrange a wonderful marriage for daughter Myrtle May (Victoria Horne) in the upper echelons of society. There's one problem: her wealthy brother Elwood P. Dowd (James Stewart) has an imaginary pal, a six-foot-three rabbit called Harvey. After Elwood accidently wrecks a party by introducing Harvey to everyone, Veta decides to have him committed.

Unfortunately, when Veta takes Elwood to the sanatorium, the staff come to think that the fluttery socialite is crazy, and is trying to get her sunny brother out of the way. So they lock her up, and let him go. After that mistake is straightened out, the psychiatric staff and Elwood's long-suffering family try to find him.... and Harvey.

If we ever saw Elwood P. Dowd ("Here, let me give you one of my cards") in a car, the bumper sticker would probably say, "Reality is highly overrated." The big theme of the movie is that reality can be harsh, and that it's not necessarily a bad thing to lapse out of it into the fantasies of our own minds. If Elwood isn't dangerous and is otherwise normal, who cares if he has an imaginary friend?

Is Harvey real? The film leaves that up to our imaginations. And in the end, it doesn't matter if Harvey is a figment of Elwood's imagination, or a friendly spirit. It's the effect he has on Elwood that is important.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Elwood P. Dowd and Harvey, Friends for Life! February 16, 2007
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Harvey is one of my favorite black and white classic movies.
Jimmy Stewart is Elwood P. Dowd, an ever so tipsy gentleman, that introduces his friend, Harvey, to almost everyone he meets.
Harvey happens to be a six foot invisible rabbit, a pooka! A pooka, according to Irish folklore, is a mischievous spirit, especially one that takes on the form of an animal. In this instance the pooka is a rabbit, one that only Elwood P. Dowd can see. A pooka can enter through locked doors and windows and is said to be here and there, there and here, everywhere and anywhere.

Elwood P. lives with his easily flustered sister, Veta Louise, superbly played by Josphine Hull, and her daughter, Myrtle Mae (Victoria Horne). Myrtle Mae desperately wants to get married and, Uncle Elwood, because of Harvey, stands in the way. Elwood will do anything to keep Veta Louise happy even if it means being sent to a sanitarium. This is where everything literally goes crazy!

Poor Veta Louise is mistaken as the one being commited! Enter in the man of Myrtle Mae's dreams in the form of Wilson, a male nurse played by Jesse White, the first Maytag repairman. Myrtle Mae's romance with Wilson gets off to a rocky start when he is the one who must forcefully keep Veta Louise locked in the sanitarium. Every time she sees him she screams and says, "Stay away from that man, Myrtle Mae, and keep him away from me"!

Complicating matters further at the sanitarium, is the relationship, or lack of one, between Dr. Sanderson, (Charles Drake) and Nurse Kelly, (Peggy Dow). They are in charge when the mixup happens and find themselves having to find Elwood P. and bring him back.

Dr. Chumley, played by the talented Cecil Kellaway, is the head of the sanitarium. He encounters Elwood P.
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5.0 out of 5 stars HARVEY IS A GRRAT MOVIE
THIS IS ANOTHER CLASSIC WITH JIMMY STEWERT. Definely one of his best. Also had an excellent cast that approperatly fit the parts they were required to play..
Published 5 days ago by Granny H
5.0 out of 5 stars It's a good as I remembered!
Have you ever watched a movie when you were a child, and then had the chance to watch it again as an adult? Read more
Published 9 days ago by Kat Fieler
5.0 out of 5 stars Timeless Classic
The subtle humor and quotable lines in this movie are truly wonderful. (This is not a movie that one should watch as background entertainment. Read more
Published 11 days ago by Robert Dubay
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it
I've always loved this movie!!! I enjoy the way that Stewart's character can influence other's to "accept" this giant invisible bunny... Read more
Published 17 days ago by fyrefyghter
5.0 out of 5 stars Harvey
One of the best movies ever made. Love, love, love Jimmy Stewart!. It's a great movie for a family to watch together.
Published 24 days ago by rebecca bender
5.0 out of 5 stars Harvey -great classic!
I purchased this for my sister Grace who loves old movies and it was exactly as pictured and my sister loves it!
Published 24 days ago by Sheila Owens
5.0 out of 5 stars a favorite
I've loved this movie for years. Jimmy Stewart is so sweet and the characters are fun to watch. A great feel good movie that's fun to watch over and over.
Published 25 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars It's Harvey
Are you kidding? It's a classic. It's James Stewart. It's Harvey. What's not to love?!!!
...."let me give you my card."
Published 1 month ago by Love to Decorate
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must See!
Very funny! Would recommend it for people of all ages. This is classic that never gets dated.
A must see!
Published 1 month ago by Annette Valletta
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic
I have not watched this movie in perhaps 20 years, and it has retained it's flavor as I remembered it from my youth.
I would recommend this film to everyone. It is timeless. Read more
Published 1 month ago by peggy malecki
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