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I Recommend Pleasant

April 15, 2006

Harvey might just be one of those classic movies many have heard about but few have seen. Which seems appropriate, since that just about describes its title character.

James Stewart plays Elwood P. Dowd, a gentleman who's been fortunate enough to befriend Harvey, a 6-foot, 3 1/2-inch tall rabbit. The 1950 film was based on the long-running (and Pulitzer Prize-winning) Broadway play of the same name by Mary Chase.

"You can't go wrong with Jimmy Stewart," says Mr. Crumpet.

And Harvey just might be the best story for anyone who's ever had an imaginary friend.

"Ahem." Mr. Crumpet pauses. "Just what is that supposed to mean?"

"Yeah," says Orange Bear, looking at his arms. "What's that supposed to mean?"

"Well," ponders Mr. Crumpet, "I did see a rabbit in my grapefruit once."

(photo: Mr. Crumpet)

Hmm. Well, we leave you with Elwood's famous line from the movie:

Years ago my mother used to say to me, she'd say, "In this world, Elwood, you must be" — she always called me Elwood — "In this world, you must be oh so smart or oh so pleasant." Well, for years I was smart. I recommend pleasant. You may quote me.

OK, Elwood, we did.

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