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Harvey (1950)

James Stewart , Josephine Hull , Henry Koster  |  NR |  DVD
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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: Multiple Formats, Black & White, Closed-captioned, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • DVD Release Date: February 6, 2001
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (481 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000549B0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,863 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Harvey" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Special Introduction by Film Star Jimmy Stewart with Photographic Montage
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Production Notes on the Making of the Film
  • Cast and Filmmakers
  • Recommendations

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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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    70 of 73 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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    44 of 45 people found the following review helpful
    By forrie
    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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    61 of 66 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars May I introduce you to Harvey? November 2, 2004
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    "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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    14 of 14 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 Five Stars
    How very nice to end a movie with a big smile on your face.
    Published 2 days ago by murphy
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Great movie to watch. Go find your own pooka.
    Published 3 days ago by RJI In Michigan
    5.0 out of 5 stars One of my all time favorite movies... now even better.
    I am so happy, I can watch this on vudu now. I am so glad they made this movie in Blu-Ray and with digital and ultraviolet too.
    Published 4 days ago by Virginia V.
    5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Classic Film
    Classic movie, one that should be part of every movie buff's collection. I never tire of seeing this film.
    Published 6 days ago by Anne L. Marshall
    5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful!
    One of the great classics with one of the best actors of another generation. I liked it as a kid, and even more as an adult.
    Published 7 days ago by J. Howell
    4.0 out of 5 stars One of Stewart's favorites.
    I like Jimmy Stewart and consider this one of his best performances. Elwood P. Dowd and his Puka friend Harvey turn out to be the seemingly only sane ones. Read more
    Published 9 days ago by hound 1
    5.0 out of 5 stars Old Classic Watcher
    This is a classic movie, James Stewart said was his favorite. It comes with his commentary.
    Published 9 days ago by smart shoper
    3.0 out of 5 stars Movie is awesome but the other things brings the rating down
    Movie has some very strang skips, and parts where the picture freezes. I think I can tolerate it, but you can tell it's certainly not right. Read more
    Published 9 days ago by Reaper
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    moste people beed to see this movie
    Published 12 days ago by Ralphie Boy
    5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful movie!
    This is such a lovely little gem of a comedy. If you have somehow gone through life without seeing it, do it now.
    Published 13 days ago by C. S. Garcia
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    Hello Mr. Baggins. This DVD does have extras, and they are as follows: special introduction to the film by James Stewart with photographic montage from the movie, theatrical trailer, production notes on making of film, cast and filmmakers biographies and film highlights. Give my regards to Harvey!
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