Elwood is a good-natured, slightly sloshed man whose faithful companion is a 6-foot 3-1/2 inch rabbit that only he can see. When his sister Veta (Josephine Hull) tries to have him committed, she's taken in instead. It's up to Elwood and Harvey to straighten out the mess. James Stewart stars in his most amiable, bumbling mode. The film is based on Mary Chase's Pulitzer Prize-winning play. Academy Award Nominations: 1, including Best Actor: James Stewart. Academy Awards: 1, Best Supporting Actress: Josephine Hull.
1950 - Academy Awards - Best Supporting Actress - Winner
Main Cast & Crew:
Henry Koster - Director
- Format: Blu-ray (New Box Art)
- Run Time: 104
- Color Format: B&W
- UPC: 025192117367
- Genre: Comedy
- Rating: Not Rated
- Release Date: February 2001
Josephine Hull, Victoria Horne, and Jesse White all originated their roles in the stage version of Mary Chase's Pulitzer prize-winning play HARVEY. White made his film debut with this screen adaptation. James Stewart occasionally filled in as Elwood P. Dowd in the Broadway adaptation. Some MCA/Universal video releases of HARVEY feature a special introduction by Stewart.
"...[Stewart gives] a gentle, philosophical performance in a gentle, philosophical film..." - 10/01/2000 Total Film, p.122
"In 1950, Stewart was clearly looking to broaden his range....[He's] at home here in laid-back farce..." - 02/01/2006 Sight and Sound, p.89