“Wouldn’t that get a little monotonous – just Akron, cold beer and ‘poor, poor thing’ for two weeks?”

Who’s more dangerous? The easy-going dreamer with a vivid imagination
or the people who want him to conform to the “accepted” version of reality?

Harvey and I have things to do. We sit in the bars, have a drink or two, play the juke box. Very soon the faces of all the other people turn towards me and they smile. They say: ‘We don’t know your name, mister, but you’re a very nice fellow.’ Harvey and I warm ourselves in these golden moments. We came as strangers – soon we have friends. They come over. They sit with us. They drink with us. They talk to us. They tell us about the great big terrible things they’ve done and the great big wonderful things they’re going to do. Their hopes, their regrets. Their loves, their hates. All very large, because nobody ever brings anything small into a bar. Then I introduce them to Harvey, and he’s bigger and grander than anything they can offer me. And when they leave, they leave impressed. The same people seldom come back, but that’s – that’s envy, my dear. There’s a little bit of envy in the best of us. That’s too bad, isn’t it?


  1. Jimmy Stewart received a percentage of the Harvey returns as part of his contract.
  2. Harvey is 6’3 1/2″ in the film but, in the stage production, he’s 6’8 1/2″.
  3. At the suggestion of Jimmy Stewart, the director widened many shots so Harvey would be “in” the frame.
  4. The film Donnie Darko also features a 6′ anthropomorphic rabbit.
  5. In Wallace & Gromit: the Curse of the Were-Rabbit, the local vegetable shop is named Harvey.
  6. In Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, the main antagonist is on a search for Roger and a bar patron says he’s seen him. The patron then puts his arm around an invisible set of shoulders and says, “Well, say hello Harvey!”
  7. When PJ Harvey was asked to describe her soul with three words, she said “pink, fluffy bunny rabbit.”
  8. A Google search using the words “Harvey” and “Mary Chase” brings up this scary website.
  9. Davis & Davis Research Labs did a parapsychology research project on the Harvey myth.
  10. Some random guy named his blog 18th & Fairfax (the place where Harvey and Elwood first meet).
  11. The OED’s 2nd Edition definition of “pooka” is as follows: pooka, phooka (pu:ka). Irish. [Ir. puca] In Irish folklore, A hobgoblin, a malignant sprite. 1825 T. C. Croker. Fairy Leg. Irish superstition makes the Phooka palpable to the touch. To its agency, peasantry usually ascribe accidental falls. 1847 Le Fanu. T O’Brian The Cavilier had heard of Phookas that… scare… the benighted traveller. 1888 W.B.Yeats Fairy & Folk T. The Pooka… seems essentially an animal spirit… [a] wild, staring phantom.
  12. For about $14 US, you can buy a stuffed toy rabbit named Harvey.
  13. Apparently, Harvey now lives in Aloha, Oregon.

One Response to ““Wouldn’t that get a little monotonous – just Akron, cold beer and ‘poor, poor thing’ for two weeks?””

  1. […] Harvey now lives in Aloha, Oregon. [baphomette.] __________________ * Forests, lakes, and rivers, clouds and winds, stars and flowers, […]

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