Movie Night, showing “Harvey”

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Join us on Saturday, September 8th at 8 PM for a free screening of “Harvey.”

This 1951 movie was based on the play of the same name and features James Stewart and Josephine Hull, both of whom played their roles on the stage. Ms. Hull won an Oscar for Best Actress and Stewart was nominated for Best Actor, but didn’t win.

Harvey features many character actors that had long careers in the 50s, 60s and 70s. You may recognize them from other venues. Jesse White may best be remembered as the lonely Maytag Repairman.

Stewart said his part in this movie was always one of his favorites. Elwood P. Dowd is one of my heroes, ever polite, ever helpful. He was Mr. Rogers, before Mr. Rogers. He also never judged the people he met. To him everyone was a friend or at least a fellow human deserving of respect and consideration. He along with people like him today are often seen as ‘crazy’. We could all stand to be a bit more like Elwood. I try but always fall far short. I keep trying.

If you’ve ever heard a reference to a large rabbit that almost nobody can see, it probably came from this source. This movie examines alcoholism, mental illness and health, also when it’s time to have your eccentric uncle committed to an asylum and is that what you really want. The hero doesn’t get the girl, but he does flirt rather extensively. However, he’s as harmless as your host when he does so. As usual, popcorn will be provided. Feel free to bring food and drink to enjoy and/or share.

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