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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Russ Recommends: Harvey, 1950

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.

Being pleasant is easier said than done. But we could all envy Elwood P. Dowd, a softspoken dreamer of independent means who has the help of a marvelous, magical friend named Harvey.  Jimmy Stewart is at his best in this comic fantasy, ably supported by Josephine Hull as his sister Veta - a Thurber caricature come to life - and a slew of other fine character actors.  Do watch it if you can find it - it will surely make you laugh and give your spirits a lift.

Original 1950 trailer:

Jimmy Stewart's introduction to the 1990 home video release:


Davis said...

I definitely need more charming comedies in my life!

Russ Manley said...


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