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Well, I've wrestled with reality for 35 years, doctor, and I'm happy to state I finally won out over it.
--Elwood P. Dowd (Jimmy Stewart)


USA: 1950 -- Directed by Henry Koster
Written by Mary Chase and Oscar Brodney
Starring Jimmy Stewart, Josephine Hull

You see, science has overcome time and space. Well, Harvey has overcome not only time and space, but any objections.
--Jimmy Stewart as Elwood P. Dowd

It's always a small surprise to revisit this movie and realize what a subtly dark performance James Stewart gives as an alcoholic who claims he keeps company with a six-foot-tall, invisible rabbit. As Elwood P. Dowd, the actor emits a faint whiff of decay and spirits, yet Stewart also embraces Dowd's romanticism and grace with splendid ease. Based on a hit play and directed by Henry Koster, the film is terribly funny at times, especially whenever Elwood decides it's only polite to introduce Harvey to complete strangers. The supporting cast can't be beat.

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Won Oscar for Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Josephine Hull)

Nominated for Oscar for Best Actor in a Leading Role(James Stewart)

Ranks #177 on the Internet Movie Database's Top 250 Movies

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Memorable Quotes

Veta Louise Simmons: Judge Gaffney, is that all those doctors do in places like that - think about sex?
Judge Gaffney: I don't know.
Veta Louise Simmons: Because if it is they ought to be ashamed of themselves. It's all in their heads anyway. Why don't they get out and take long walks in the fresh air?

Myrtle Mae Simmons: Oh, mother, people get run over by trucks every day. Why can't something like that happen to Uncle Elwood?

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Though James Stewart's character, Elwood P. Dowd, may certainly be referred to as an alcoholic, at no time in the entire picture is he seen taking a drink.

At the suggestion of James Stewart, the director changed many shots to make them wider so that "Harvey" would be in the frame.

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