Harvey (1950)




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Movie Info

Adapted from Mary Chase's play, Harvey is a charming comedy about a good-natured drunk (James Stewart) who has an imaginary six-foot rabbit as his best friend. The film is gentle and funny, and full of fine performances, including Josephine Hull's Academy Award-winning turn.

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Classics, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Mary Chase, Mary Chase, Oscar Brodney
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 6, 2001
MCA Universal Home Video


as Elwood P. Dowd

as Veta Louise Simmons

as Dr. Sanderson

as Wilson

as Judge Gaffney

as Dr. Chumley

as Miss Kelly

as Myrtle Mae

as Lofgren

as Mrs. Chumley

as Mrs. Chauvenet

as Herman

as Mrs. McGiff

as Cracker

as Policeman

as Cab Driver

as Salesman

as Nurse Dunphy

as Mrs. Halsey

as Mrs. Cummings

as Minninger

as Mrs. Krausmeyer

as Mrs. Strickleberger

as Miss LaFay

as Mrs. Johnson

as Chauffeur

as Eccentric Man

as Mailman

as Meegels

as Mrs. Tewksbury
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Critic Reviews for Harvey

All Critics (25) | Top Critics (4)

Unhappily, what the film also borrows from the play, and somehow makes more conspicuous, is a tendency to drag its feet for long stretches, especially during the virtually actionless last third of the story.

Full Review… | March 29, 2011
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

Harvey, Mary Chase's Pulitzer Prize play, loses little of its whimsical comedy charm in the screen translation.

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

If you're for warm and gentle whimsey, for a charmingly fanciful farce and for a little touch of pathos anent the fateful evanescence of man's dreams, then the movie version of Harvey is definitely for you.

Full Review… | March 25, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

Charming, lightweight stuff (from a play by Mary Chase), so long as you can take Stewart's ingenuousness, but it does wear thin.

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Elwood may be a drunk (or not -- does he ever actually take a drink?), and he may be delusional, but he is also happier, less neurotic, and more content than the so-called normal people who surround him and claim to be looking out for his best interests.

Full Review… | December 26, 2014

Stewart's Elwood P. Dowd is a soft-spoken philosopher and a friend to all -- he's quite disarming, and so is this movie.

Full Review… | September 13, 2012
Creative Loafing

Audience Reviews for Harvey


A sweet movie that is adorable like James Stewart's character, who charms us distributing business cards and being nice to everyone that he meets, while Josephine Hull deserved the Oscar she won for her hilarious, on-the-edge-of-hysteria performance.

Carlos Magalh„es

Super Reviewer


Jimmy Stewart is brilliant as Elwood P. Dowd in this great moral tale that will leave you feeling all warm and fuzzy.

Graham Jones
Graham Jones

Super Reviewer


An infectiously nice/insane main character played brilliantly by James Stewart, a great skeptical reflection of the audience portrayed by Josephine Hull, and a great story make this movie one of a kind. It is funny, nice and has a wonderful moral.

Sanjay Rema
Sanjay Rema

Super Reviewer

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