HarveyDirector: Henry Koster, James Stewart, Josephine Hull, Peggy Dow
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Released in 1950, Harvey's exploration of a loveable loon who prefers hanging around bars with a giant invisible rabbit to leading a "normal, responsible" life remains as timely as it is entertaining. Highlighted by an utterly perfect, low-key performance by James Stewart, this delightful adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize-winning play gets a good, if not definitive, DVD release. The pristine full-screen transfer lives up to William H. Daniels' beautiful black-and-white cinematography and shows how a moody noir look enhanced this dreamy, nocturnal comedy (Daniels lensed such dark crime films as Naked City and Brute Force). The audio track has also been cleaned up in Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono and, as an extra feature, Jimmy Stewart gives a lovely introduction to the movie. Harvey is the type of classic movie that viewers can watch over and over again, making it perfect for the DVD format.
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Cast & Crew
|James Stewart||Elwood P. Dowd|
|Josephine Hull||Veta Louise Simmons|
|Peggy Dow||Miss Kelly|
|Charles Drake||Mr. Sanderson|
|Cecil Kellaway||Dr. Chumley|
|Victoria Horne||Myrtle Mae Simmons|
|Jesse White||Marvin Wilson|
|William Lynn||Judge Gaffney|
|Nana Bryant||Mrs. Chumley|
|Grace Mills||Mrs. Chauvenet|
|Clem Bevans||Herman Schimmelplusser|
|Ida Moore||Mrs. McGiff|
|Polly Bailey||Mrs. Krausmeyer|
|Aileen Carlyle||Mrs. Tewksbury|
|Sally Corner||Mrs. Cummings|
|Gino Corrado||Eccentric Man|
|Eula Guy||Mrs. Johnson|
|Grayce Hampton||Mrs. Strickleberger|
|Norman Leavitt||Cab Driver|
|Almira Sessions||Mrs. Halsey|
|Minerva Urecal||Nurse Dunphy|
|Ruth Elma Stevens||Miss LaFay|
|William H. Daniels||Cinematographer|
|Bernard Herzbrun||Art Director|
|Nathan Juran||Art Director|
|Orry Kelly||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Frank Skinner||Score Composer|
0. Chapter List
1. Main titles [1:07]
2. Elwood [:29]
3. Elwood's afternoon [5:33]
4. The reception [2:04]
5. Chumley's rest [2:33]
6. A mistake [4:30]
7. Mrs. Chumley [3:43]
8. A pooka [2:46]
9. Veta comes home [6:42]
10. Myrtle's in love [1:01]
11. Family portrait [6:08]
12. Dr. Sanderson [2:17]
13. At Charlie's [4:40]
14. About Harvey [1:36]
15. Dr. Chumley [1:49]
16. The truth [:25]
17. Formula 977 [4:28]
18. End titles [2:00]
Menu Group #1 with 19 chapter(s) covering 01:44:11
special introduction by film star Jimmy Stewert with photographic montage
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This is one of my favorite movies because I love Jimmy Stewart as well as fantasies and this has both! Wonderful story about an eccentric (or is he?) man -- Elwood P. Dowd --and an invisible (or imagined?) 6-foot tall rabbit, or rather pooka. Elwood is an embarrassment to his family but he continues to believe in his pooka friend, Harvey, but with the utmost patience and kindness towards others, despite whatever they think of him. Elwood is an adorable and loveable character and the story is charming. I think I like this so much because anyone who has ever dared to believe in impossible dreams is laughed at and scorned, but you should always hold to your beliefs no matter what others think. People who do great things, do so at the expense of others' doubts and judgment and against odds. This is an inspiring story. Elwood's beliefs, while seemingly hurtful to himself and others, turns out to only make himself and others around him happier. A favorite old classic I grew up with.
I love this film. I use a little bit of it in my lectures on sociological theory whenever I can. I find it is very, very difficult to teach students about epistemology and ontology. I tell them that Harvey is sitting in some empty seat and act like he really is there. Some students catch on right away, while others have to have a long conversation about it. For some it is just hard to get. For others it carries implications for their religious beliefs. This film is a classic. It moves a bit slowly for postmodern societies and does not honor the New York minute, but I like it all the more for that! Those who have the patience for it will enjoy how it builds. The "idea" of Harvey grows on you as you get older. I hope that someone does a remake of this great classic, but it would be very hard to make such a film better, except for visual effects. Some philosophers make a distinction between something being "real" versus "having existence." I think Harvey is very "real" even though he does not literally exist. Jimmy Stewart carries the film and it would be very hard to find an actor who could do it as well. Anthony Hopkins could probably pull it off, and maybe Jack Nicholson. But all of Jimmy Stewart's well known films are great!
Harvey is one of my favorite movies. It is good for all ages. Jimmy Stewart plays a character that I would never expect from him. The character interactions are wonderful. But it is Harvey that is the main character.
This is one of the best movies ever made. I love this movie. I share this with all of my family and friends.
great movie fun for all ages. i watched it with whole family and everyone enjoyed.
You will enjoy the character James Stewart portrays in this DVD. He is hilarious as a man with a pooka; his family is beside themselves trying to deal with Stewart's enchanting character of Elwood P. Dowd. Hopefully you will enjoy many laughs and sidesplitting chuckles if you watch this DVD. This is a great movie to lift you out of "mental madness" and give you a "reality check" on what is really important in life. It's just a great movie for entertainment and escapism.
I absolutely love this film. I watched it because I am in love with anything Jimmy Stewart is in. This film is adorable. Watching Jimmy Stewart walk around with an invisible 6'3.5" rabbit is hilarious and he is so cute talking to Harvey. I would pay for that portrait of Elwood and Harvey.
Great movie with actor Jimmy Stewart
In this comedy about a man and his best friend, James Stewart plays Elwood P. Dowd who has a wonderful friend named Harvey. The only problem with Harvey is he is a six foot three and a half inch bunny that can talk. The fact that only Elwood can see and hear him doesn't help calm his sister and niece. In a series of hilarious events, Harvey starts to make his presence known...
It's really fun to watch this movie because Elwood P. Dowd has imaginary rabbit friend named Harvey and the chaos will happen around them. I strongly recommend this film.
'Harvey' is the tale of elegant congenial gentleman, Elwood P. Dowd (James Stewart) whose best friend just happens to be a six foot, 3 inch white rabbit named Harvey. Naturally, Elwood¿s family thinks he's a few carrots shy of a salad. After thoroughly, but unintentionally humiliating his two spinster aunts, Veta (Josephine Hull) and Myrtle (Victoria Horne) at a social gathering, the two plot to secretly have Elwood committed to a sanitarium for psychiatric evaluation. However, upon visiting the sanitarium with Veta, Elwood meets Dr. Sanderson (Charles Drake) and the administering nurse, Miss Kelly (Peggy Dow) who mistake Veta for their patient and promptly usher her off to a padded cell, leaving Elwood free to roam the grounds, then plot as to how he can create the ideal environment for Miss Kelly and Dr. Sanderson to fall in love. Eventually the oversight is corrected and Elwood is ushered into the sanitarium for treatment. However, a reprieve comes when Dr. Chumley (Cecil Kellaway) realizes that Elwood is not crazy. You see, Harvey really does exist. He¿s an invisible spirit guide of sorts, presiding over those who need his services the most. This film is a delightful blend of comedy and drama and blessed with an inexplicable magic that makes the entire premise seem entirely plausible. The transfer is stunning! The black and white DVD exhibits ideal picture quality. Blacks are black. The gray scale is superbly balanced. There's really nothing more to say about the transfer, other than it is simply one of the best you are likely to encounter of a vintage classic on the digital format. The audio is mono but nicely balanced. Extras include an introduction by James Stewart that is a bit on the long side but too short to be considered a documentary. You also get the film's theatrical trailer.
I've loved James Stewart in nearly every movie I've seen him in, but this one was very disappointing. I found little comedy except at the end. Even though the viewer knows that Harvey is real, James Stewarts character seems so pathetic that it puts you right off. James Stewart did so many comedy roles but this is not one of them.