Harvey: Our Very Own Giant Rabbit

Life in the Boomer Lane

Back in 1950, a popular film titled “Harvey” hit the theaters. Jimmy Stewart starred as a wealthy alcoholic man who starts having visions of a giant rabbit named Harvey.  Stewart, named Elwood P. Dowd, lives with his sister Veta and her daughter.  Needless to say, Veta worries that Elwood has gone insane. In the process of trying to have him committed, Veta admits that she occasionally sees Harvey, herself. Even the therapist assigned to help Elwood begins to have his own unwanted relationship with Harvey.

Skipping over a lot of the story line, Life in the Boomer Lane will get to the punchline: Harvey isn’t imagined at all.  He is a Pooka, a mischievous spirit in animal form, invisible to most, who has been sent to shake things up among a group of self-satisfied, clueless-about-relationship people. Harvey, an unreal being, through mayhem, enables the film’s characters to acknowledge what…

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