Sunday Feature-Week 14: Harvey (1950)
Tone: Heartwarming, don’t make’em like they used to, Jimmy Stewart classic
Cast- Jimmy Stewart, Josephine Hull, Peggy Dow
What: Jimmy Stewart befriends a 6’3 1/2” tall invisible rabbit named Harvey.
- What better way to celebrate Easter than with a classic film about an invisible rabbit. Furthermore, Harvey is a perfect film for any Sunday morning. I suggest throwing on a pair of slippers, make yourself some coffee or tea, get comfy and enjoy the show.
- Harvey has earned a lot of acclaim over the years. Mary Chase, who wrote the original play, won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama for Harvey. Jimmy Stewart received an Oscar nomination and a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor for his performance. Stewart’s co-star Josephine Hull won an Oscar and Golden Globe for Best Supporting actress. AFI ranked Harvey #35 in 100 years…100 laughs and also ranked it #7 in its Top 10 Fantasy Films. In other words, it’s really really good.
- Harvey is a great example of the type of film people are talking about when they say “They don’t make’em like they used to.” That being a top-notch glossy b&w film, slightly larger than life performances (as actors were still adapting from how they performed onstage to performing onscreen) topped off with a warm orchestral score.
- Harvey remains one of the most refreshing and heartwarming films I’ve ever seen and I still hold the memory of first seeing the film (laying around with a group of friends on a Sunday morning) very close to my heart. Below is a short but sweet clip from the film, just one of its many quotable moments. Enjoy!