Happy Easter! In honor of today, I wanted to post ten facts about Harvey! Harvey is an Easter tradition for many; I hope you enjoy these ten facts!
1.) Harvey started as a stage play by Mary Chase. The play opened on Broadway in November 1944 at the 48th Street Theater. The play was an instant smash hit and ran for five years. Mary Chase won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1945.
2.) Bing Crosby, Cary Grant, Gary Cooper, and James Cagney were considered for the role of Elwood P. Dowd.
3.) The cast and crew would often set a chair out for Harvey at lunch and order him something to eat.
4.) Shooting was quick and pleasant, Henry Koster said, “I must say it was a complete, one hundred percent pleasure, the whole picture.”
5.) Director Henry Koster found that he worked well with Jimmy Stewart, Koster would later say: “Without any doubt one of the most pleasant experiences of my life … It must have been his spirit. There was very little friction, ever, only ambition and craftsmanship and precision, just doing it professionally. on top of that, he put the whipped cream of great talent … He was always the first on set.”
6.) After Harvey, fans would stop Jimmy Stewart on the street and ask him if Harvey was with him, Jimmy always replied, “No. Harvey has a cold and he decided to stay home.”
7.) In 1970, Jimmy Stewart reprised his role as Elwood P. Dowd in a very successful Broadway revival of Harvey. Jimmy Stewart reprised the role again in 1972 for a Hallmark Hall of Fame television presentation with Helen Hays. The last time Jimmy Stewart reprised the role was in a London stage revival in 1975.
8.) Jimmy Stewart often told the story about how when performing Harvey on stage, there was always at least one child who would loudly ask during a performance, “Where’s the rabbit?”
9.) In 1990, Jimmy Stewart recorded an introduction to the VHS release of the film; this turned out to be one of the best selling videos of the year.
10.) Upon the death of Jimmy Stewart, in July of 1997, fans placed items on his Hollywood star, one item was a tall plush rabbit wearing overalls.
Have a wonderful Easter!
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