‘1 Man 365 Films 365 Days’ – Day 16


#16 / 365 – ‘Harvey’ (1950) – 104 mins
IMDB Challenge #11 / 250 – Ranked #240 – Via iTunes

Harvey” is the tale of Elwood P. Dowd (James Stewart) a congenial, eccentric man who likes to frequent bars and make conversation with who ever he meets, with his best friend “Harvey” who happens to be a six-foot, invisible rabbit to you and me. After his sister (Josephine Hull, ‘Arsenic and Old Lace’) tries to commit him to a mental institution, a comedy of errors ensues.

I will say this film might not appeal to everyone and in honesty for the first twenty-five minutes it wasn’t for me but as I stayed (as I do with all films) I felt myself being more captivated by it, for it’s basically a story about true kindness.

There is a moment in this film which Elwood sits outside a bar and gives an innocent speech about how he first met Harvey which is delivered with such mesmerizing sincerity by James Stewart, that I could have sat there all day and listened.

Stewart is backed up a great comedic performance by Josephine Hull who won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for this role.

Steven Spielberg had plans to remake this classic but ultimately abandoned them due to what many believe, he couldn’t find an actor to bring Jimmy Stewart’s role of Elwood to justice, no surprise there really.

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