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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.

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3 Comments »

  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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