November 1, 2011

Oh so pleasant

Filed under: Uncategorized — jchatoff @ 12:14 am
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On the first of November in 1944, a plucky Irish newspaper reporter from Denver named Mary Coyle Chase waited for the reviews to come in.  It was her third try at a play – the first had closed after three weeks and the second never made it to a theater, though Hollywood bought the script.  Maybe three would be a charm.

It was. ‘Harvey’ was a smash.  It’s still the sixth-longest running play ever (not counting musicals) and it made Chase only the second woman ever to win a  Pulitzer in drama. (In fact, between 1917 and 2010, only 12 Pulitzers in drama have gone to women.) ‘Harvey’ ran for four and a half years, 1,775 performances.

Only one remake has ever been made and it sank without a ripple. Many have been planned, but there seems to be a consensus that until there’s another Jimmy Stewart available, there’s not much point trying. Below, Elwood P. Dowd sums up life in 40 seconds – you can stream the whole thing on Netflix.

N.B.  This blogger is on hiatus until the end of the month, so happy turkey day to all.



  1. Oh no! Not until the end of the month? Give me a break!


    Comment by Carol — November 2, 2011 @ 3:41 pm | Reply

  2. My favorite movie of all time.


    Comment by mary s — November 6, 2011 @ 3:50 pm | Reply

  3. awesome! 🙂


    Comment by ninachat — November 7, 2011 @ 11:39 am | Reply

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