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Harvey

Released 1950
Distributor Universal International

About Harvey

One of James Stewart’s most memorable performances anchors a comedy classic that’s enriched by the seriousness of its basic premise. Funny, sad and captivating, it’s that rare example of a well-loved movie that plumbs deeper depths than it’s given credit for. It’s been restaged often for television and there’s always talk of a theatrical remake, but it’s hard to see how director Henry Koster’s version of Mary Hadley Chase’s play could be topped.

About Joe Dante

Joe Dante is a lifelong film buff who turned his obsession into a career.  He got his start cutting trailers for Roger Corman and later directed the hit movie Gremlins, as well as Gremlins 2: The New Batch, for producer Steven Spielberg. His feature films include The Howling, Innerspace, Matinee, Small Soldiers, The ‘burbs and the 3-D thriller titled The Hole, first winner of the 3D Persol Award at the Venice Film Festival. His TV directing work includes:  the HBO film, The Second Civil War, the “Masters of Horrors” titles,  Homecoming and The Screwfly Solution, episodes of Eerie, Indiana , which he was in on the creation of, as well as episodes of CSI: New York  and Hawaii 5-0. His latest feature, the zom-com Burying the Ex, is slated to be released this year.
  • kirdoodle

    James Stewart, an actor almost universally beloved off as well as on screen took on the role originated by Frank Fay, a stage star highly regarded professionally, but widely despised personally as the ultimate Broadway S.O.B. Would be interesting to know how much more of that dark edge Joe talks about was evident in the original production with Fay as Dowd. Anyway, the movie version is terrific, and with each viewing, always seems a touch less warm, fuzzy and/or patronizing than I remember. Love that funny/creepy theme music!