Harvey (James Steward Collection) DVD
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Directed by Henry Koster
Produced in 1950
Main Language - English
Countries & Regions - American film
A classic feelgood Hollywood comedy based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning play, Harvey stars James Stewart as Elwood P. Dowd - whose constant companion is Pooka - a six foot-plus rabbit that only Elwood can see. They go everywhere together, spreading warmth and kindness throughout all the bars in town, but when Elwood and Harvey embarass the former's social-climbing sister Veta Louise (an Oscar-winning Josephine Hull) once too often, she finally opts to get Elwood the treatment she thinks he needs, and arranges to have him installed in the local mental asylum. However, Harvey's unseen but ever-felt presence ensures that all does not go according to plan.
Publisher: Universal Pictures
Length: 100 mins
Cat No: 8249051
Format: DVD Colour
Subtitles: French, German, Spanish, Italian, Russian, Dutch, Portuguese, Arabic , Hard of Hearing - English
- Special introduction from James Stewart with photographic montage.
by Anon on 15th May 2007
Based on a stage play that opened six years earlier, Harvey, the 1950 film directed by Henry Koster, is a delight. If this Jimmy Stewart classic doesn't make you feel ... Read on
Based on a stage play that opened six years earlier, Harvey, the 1950 film directed by Henry Koster, is a delight. If this Jimmy Stewart classic doesn't make you feel good, you must be related to Mr. Henry F. Potter of Bedford Falls. In case you didn't know, Harvey is a 6' 3'' Pooka who has befriended a certain Mr. Elwood P. Dowd. In Celtic mythology a Pooka is a fearsome spirit that usually takes the form of a sleek dark horse that roams the countryside at night, creating harm and mischief. Well, Harvey is not like that at all.
In fact, Harvey is a very gentle spirit who is always helping people out and has the ability to make everybody around him feel relaxed and in a good mood. Now Dowd needs all the help he can get. He likes to take a nip once in a while and is always talking to that danged rabbit to the chagrin of his sister Veta Louise (Josephine Hull) whose social life takes a nosedive when brother Elwood is around. Elwood's shenanigans also interfere with her plans to marry off her daughter Myrtle Mae (Victoria Home).
The mayhem in the first part turns into a gentle and moving drama in the latter part of the film. The heart of the film belongs to Elwood and the flawless performance of Jimmy Stewart. He is thoroughly convincing as basically a decent man who never loses his temper and is always giving people his card and inviting strangers home for dinner but who most people think a bit strange in that he talks to an invisible rabbit. The film works because of its good natured humour and its gentle slap about those who condemn ideas and people that are outside socially acceptable norms without thinking for themselves. Hide