May 6, 2009


Title: Harvey
Year: 1950
Director: Henry Koster
Writer: Mary Chase & Oscar Brodney, based on Chase's play
Starring: James Stewart, Josephine Hull, Peggy Dow, Charles Drake
Music: Frank Skinner
Distinctions: Oscar for Best Supporting Actress (Hull); Oscar nomination for Best Actor (Stewart); currently #177 on IMDb's Top 250
Synopsis: a friendly alcoholic has an invisible rabbit friend
Length: 104 minutes
How I saw it: on video twice (rented from Netflix), most recently January 2009
Subjective Rating: 7/10 (Good).
Objective Rating: 8/10 (points off for cinematography and special effects/design) c. 3.2/4 (Very good).

Here's another one where I disagree with myself the second time around. The first time I saw it I was annoyed by the stage play farce aspects, but they are hardly noticeable when you go into it knowing Elwood P. Dowd and expecting his implacable calm. And I seemed to think the acting was terrible the first time around, but it's perfectly fine; some actors are bad, but most are good, and of course Stewart is great. Cute movie.

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