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

Three of the principals, James Stewart, Josephine Hull and Jesse White, were seasoned in the wacky characters by playing them on stage.

The exploits of Elwood P. Dowd, a man who successfully escaped from trying reality when his invisible six-foot rabbit pal Harvey came into his life, continually spring chuckles, often hilarity, as the footage unfolds. Stewart would seem the perfect casting for the character so well does he convey the idea that escape from life into a pleasant half-world existence has many points in its favor. Josephine Hull, the slightly balmy aunt who wants to have Elwood committed, is immense, socking the comedy for every bit of its worth.

1950: Best Supp. Actress (Josephine Hull).

Nomination: Best Actor (James Stewart)


  • Production: Universal. Dir Henry Koster; Producer John Beck; Screenplay Mary Chase, Oscar Brodney; Camera William Daniels; Editor Ralph Dawson; Music Frank Skinner
  • Crew: (B&W) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1950. Running time: 103 MIN.
  • With: James Stewart Josephine Hull Peggy Dow Charles Drake Cecil Kellaway Wallace Ford
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