1950 - USA Drama/Comedy
Rating: NR (Excellent For Children)
Running Time: 104 minutes Starring: Peggy Dow, Charles Drake, Victoria Horne, Josephine Hull, Cecil Kellaway, James Stewart Directed by: Henry Koster
By Pamela Byrd
Viewing this film is like biting into a piece of your favorite chocolate candy. Harvey is sweet and emotionally warming. Watching Elwood P. Dowd (James Stewart) strolling through his role of a warm hearted and good natured man is a delightful experience. This original Broadway play (and a winner of the Pulitzer Prize) has managed to convey a good story in an interesting, simple, and moving manner. The comedic happenings throughout the movie are genteel and provide and excellent setting for family entertainment. Harvey is the story about Elwood P. Dowd (James Stewart) and his imaginarily friend, he calls Harvey. His everyday chum, Harvey is a 6'8"white rabbit in which only Elwood can converse with and see. Those that are close to Elwood tolerate this imaginary friend yet the townsfolk perceive him as a foolish man who talks to himself. Elwood is a late bachelor who lives with his high strung sister, Veta (Josephine Hull) and his shy niece, Myrtle Mae (Victoria Horne). Veta decides she is going to hold a social gathering at their home yet tries to keep it a secret from Elwood as she feels he will be an embarrassment to the family, with this obsession Elwood has of Harvey. While at a friendly neighborhood bar, Elwood hears of Veta's planned party and quickly returns home, innocently thinking his sister has "overlooked" telling him about the social gathering. When arriving to the party, Veta and his niece Myrtle try to persistently keep him away from the guests; for fear that Elwood will introduce his imaginary friend, Harvey to the socialites'. Veta and Myrtle's ploy fails and the women that are introduced to Harvey, present excuses to...