That's right I said Harvey! This is a favorite character of my very favorite actor James Stewart.
This is a whimsical movie about a local drunk and his invisible 6' 3 1/2" pooka (mischievous Irish spirit). James Stewart plays the part of Elwood P. Dowd, who's sunny philosophy and drunken antics are tolerated by the townsfolk Although people are certain Elwood has finally lost his mind, Harvey's presence seems to have a magical & positive effect on the people of the town except his sister, Veta Louise Simmons (played by Josephine Hull) who also occasionally sees Harvey.
Veta tries to have Elwood committed to an insane asylum but is somehow admitted herself. (In exasperation, she admits to the attending psychiatrist, Dr. Lyman Sanderson (Charles Drake) that, after so many years of putting up with the invisible rabbit, she sees Harvey every once in a while. This causes Dr. Sanderson to let Elwood out and lock Veta up.) Towards the end, the institutions director, Dr. Chumley (Cecil Kellaway) begins to see Harvey as well. Here is Elwood's philosophy on life handed down by his mother...
"Years ago my mother used to say to me, she'd say, "In this world, Elwood, you must be" – she always called me Elwood – "In this world, Elwood, you must be oh so smart or oh so pleasant." Well, for years I was smart. I recommend pleasant. You may quote me."
This movie was released Oct. 13, 1950.
Although James Stewart is 6'4'', he refers to Harvey as being 6'3 1/2'' tall in the film and looks up at him during the entire film. That's because this is Harvey's height in the original play by Mary Chase. In a 1990 interview, Stewart said that he had decided that for the film, Harvey was going to be 6'8'', so that he could indeed look up at him.
(Sources are here, here and here)
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