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Harvey


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  Harvey Review
Tookey's Rating
5 /10
 
Average Rating
7.87 /10
 
Starring
James Stewart , Josephine Hull , Peggy Dow
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Directed by: Henry Koster
Written by: Mary Chase, Oscar Brodney from Chase's play

 
 
 
Released: 1950
   
Genre: FANTASY
FAMILY
COMEDY
   
Origin: US
   
Colour: BW
   
Length: 104
 
 


 

A sweet-natured alcoholic (James Stewart, pictured right) imagines that he has been befriended by a 6 foot 4 inch tall rabbit named Harvey; his sister (Josephine Hull) decides that he, and if necessary Harvey, should be committed to a lunatic asylum.

Reviewed by Chris Tookey

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Many find this delightful, but I find it much too studied in its whimsicality; the two central performances, though acclaimed at the time, look forced and theatrical today (and Stewart is clearly too young for the role). The view of alcoholism and mental illness as cosily charming is downright bizarre.

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