Belcourt Weekend Classics: Harvey 

Rabbit Season

Rabbit Season
As Easter movie fare goes, here’s a pleasant alternative to The Passion of the Christ (or Night of the Lepus). In Henry Koster’s 1950 movie version of Mary Chase ‘s community-theater staple, James Stewart plays Elwood P. Dowd, the good-hearted tippler who prefers the company of an invisible 6-foot rabbit to that of his prim sister (Josephine Hull) and disapproving doctors. It’s no great shakes as moviemaking, but Stewart does a wonderful show of sweetly soused daffiness in what could be called a 24-carrot performance. Co-starring Peggy Dow and Maytag’s lonely pitchman Jesse White — "and Harvey as himself" — the movie screens three days only.
April 3-5, 2010

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