Fantasy comedy starring James Stewart as tippler Elwood P Dowd whose constant companion, Harvey, just happens to be a six-foot white rabbit who’s invisible to everyone else.
Yet Dowd’s reliance on Harvey is quite enough to wreck the life of Elwood’s ever-patient yet socially prominent sister, and drastic action is called for.
James Stewart gives a knockout performance in this classic comic fantasy about the fine line between sanity and insanity, and Henry Koster directs this loving tribute to eccentricity and bar-room philosophy with a deft touch.
Alongside the satiric misunderstandings, character mix-ups and revitalised clichés come poignant comments about humanity’s lack of communication, which touch both the funny bone and the heart.
A 1996 remake was vastly inferior.
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