Sunday, April 20, 2014

To Kill A Mockingbird–episode 3

12. Scout reads to Atticus

Any text in brown is from the screenplay at http://www.script-o-rama.com/

That night Scout reads to Atticus, but Boo Radley is really the topic on her mind. Jem has filled her head with so many tales she simply has to separate the fact from fiction. She asks Atticus some questions. “Atticus, do you think Boo Radley ever really comes and looks in my window at night? - Jem says he does. This afternoon when we were over by their house...”. Atticus interrupts hoping to stop this particular subject cold in its tracks. “I told you and Jem to leave those poor people alone. I want you to stay away from their house... and stop tormenting them”. Even though she says she’ll do as her father says Atticus just knows this particular subject won’t go away any time soon. As eight-thirty rolls around Atticus calls a halt to reading. Scout inspects her fathers watch for what is probably the millionth time. Jem has informed her that one day he’s going to own it, and she wonders why. Atticus tells her that’s its customary for the son to get some of the fathers belongings. When Scout asks what she’s going to get she almost puts him on the spot. “I don't know that I have much else of value that belongs to me. But there's a pearl necklace, there's a ring that belonged to your mother. I put them away, and they're to be yours”. When she hears the word “pearls” a wonderful smile of glee comes over her face. The smile is mischievous yet innocent. Mary Badham, when she was interviewed by NBC news in 1999, said this particular scene is her favorite. Director Robert Mulligan stated that Mary’ reaction was perfect “you just can’t direct kids to react like that. It’s something that has to be spontaneous”.

13. I'm going to real pearls

                                                 Pearls…..wheeeee !

Atticus and Scout say goodnight to each other, and Scout turns over to sleep. This is another scene Robert Mulligan couldn’t have directed, and Scouts actions weren’t scripted. When the film was edited it caused some to cry. Horton Foote, the screenwriter, was one of those who wept. “She did my work proud”.

14. Mulligan-you can't direct kids to do this

But she isn’t silent for long. For she and Jem have a running conversation about their mother. “Jem? - Yes? How old was I when Mama died? - Two. - How old were you? - Six. - Old as I am now? - Mm-hmm. - Was Mama pretty? - Mm-hmm. Did you love her? - Yes. - Did I love her? - Mm-hmm. - Do you miss her? - Mm-hmm”. While this back and forth conversation is going on Atticus is sitting on the porch swing. He seems to be listening to this conversation while thinking about a subject that we are just about to learn about.

He sees Judge Taylor, who is played by Paul Fix, walks up the front stairs. The judge pulls up a chair. At first the talk is about the weather, then the judges wife, but both men know what is about to happen.

'Evening, Atticus. - Good evening, Judge. Rather warm, isn't it? Yes, indeed. How's Mrs. Taylor? She's fine. Fine, thank you.

17. Judge Taylor appoints Atticus Tom Robinsons lawyer

Atticus, you've heard about Tom Robinson. Yes, sir. Grand jury will get around to charging him tomorrow. I was thinking about appointing you to take his case. Now I realize you're very busy these days with your practice. And your children need a great deal of your time. Yes, sir. I'll take the case. I'll send a boy over for you tomorrow when his hearing comes up. Well... I'll see you tomorrow, Atticus”. The judge thanks Atticus in a manner that makes you think Atticus just lifted the weight of the world off the judges shoulders. And in a way Atticus did exactly that.

In the morning Dill is betting Jem won’t go farther than the Radley house riding a tire. Jem maintains he goes past it nearly every day of his life. Scout gets a bit lippy and adds “always running”. Jem isn’t too pleased to have that little bit of news disclosed, and pushes Scout into some bushes. The expression on her face is simply priceless. It’s an “I’ll get you” look. The way these two behave you’d think they really are brother and sister. Dill is supposed to ride the tire first, but Scout makes a fuss, and to maintain peace in the civilized world Jem reluctantly lets his sister go first.

19. Scout goes firstScout gets in, curls up, and goes…and goes…and goes. Jem can hardly believe his eyes. Nor can Dill. They’re both in state of shock. Then they realize where she’s headed. She crashes in the front steps of the Radley house,and plops out. Jem yells for her to collect her wits and get out of there. It doesn’t work out that way. He has to rescue his sister from the evil Radley house.

22. Jem comes his sisters rescue

With Scout rescued from the clutches of the Radley house Jem confronts Dill. “Now who's a coward? You tell them about this back in Meridian County, Mr. Dill Harris” Jem crows proudly.

To Kill A Mockingbird–episode 2

5. Dill introduces himself

After Dill informs Jem and Scout that his photo was selected as the winner in a beautiful baby contest, and lives in Meridian Mississippi, Jem and Scout start to grill him on his parentage. The two diminutive attorneys establish Dill does have a mother. However, when the questioning changes to his father Dill volunteers “I haven't got one”. However when he’s introduced to Calpurnia he boasts “My daddy owns the L&N Railroad. He's gonna let me run the engine all the way to New Orleans”. Jem and Scout don’t know what to think of Dill when the meanest man in the county walks past. Dill makes the mistake of asking why he is the meanest man in the county. It is at this point in the film that people are treated to Jems truly bizarre imagination.

He has a boy named Boo... that he keeps chained to a bed in the house over yonder.” To heighten the scary effect he’s just beginning to sculpt Jem points out the Radley house, which looks like its seen one too many frat parties.

7. the Radley estate

This particular screen shot really isn’t that bad. I’ve seen some houses on those do–it–yourself renovation shows that make this place look like a palace. Other views of the same house are truly awful. By now Jem, Scout and Dill have moved down the street till the only thing separating them from the Radley house is the street. Jem and his imagination continue. “Boo only comes out at night... when you're asleep and it's pitch dark. When you wake up at night, you can hear him”. Dill is swallowing this description hook, line and sinker. He makes the fatal mistake of asking Jem what he looks like, and Jem obliges with a truly gruesome description that would make Edger Allen Poe happy as a clam.. “Well... judging from his tracks, he's about six and a half feet tall. He eats raw squirrels and all the cats he can catch. There's a long, jagged scar that runs across his face. His teeth are yellow and rotten. His eyes are popped, and he drools most of the time”. It dawns on Dill he’s being had, and confronts Jem about it. But Dills Aunt Stephanie grabs his arm to get his attention. Dill protests at this treatment, and informs Aunt Stephanie that she almost gave him a heart attack. When I was watching this film she almost gave me a heart attack too. Aunt Stephanie, who is the town gossip, tells Dill about Boo. “Dill, I don't want you playing around that house over there. A maniac lives there, and he's dangerous”. She goes on to tell Dill another story about Boo, one that no one will back up, one I suspect is a product of her overly fertile imagination. “I was standing in my yard when his mama come out yelling, "He's killing us all!" Turned out that Boo was sitting in the living room cutting up the paper for his scrapbook, and when his daddy come by, he reached over with his scissors, stabbed him in his leg, pulled them out and went right on cutting the paper. There he is to this day, sitting over there with his scissors. Lord knows what he's doing or thinking”. When she stops talking she rubs some dirt from Dills face.

9. Enter Aunt Stephanie

Come five o’clock the kids (all three of them) rush to meet Atticus as he makes his way home from work. But before they can even get started Jem schools Dill on the neighborhood grouch, Miss Dubose. “Listen, no matter what she says to you, don't answer her back. There's a Confederate pistol in her lap under her shawl, and she'll kill you quick as look at you”. Jem and Dill make it past Miss Dubose, but Scout scuttles any attempt at stealth by saying hello. “Hey, Miss Dubose”. Miss Dubose is not amused at Scouts deportment. “Don't you say "hey" to me, you ugly girl! You say, "Good afternoon, Miss Dubose." You come over here when I'm talking to you. - You come over here, I said!”. As Atticus walks down the street he hears the ruckus the kids have created. After being introduced to Dill he walks in front of Miss Dubose and compliments her and her flowers. “Good afternoon, Miss Dubose. My, you look like a picture this afternoon. My goodness gracious, look at your flowers. Have you ever seen anything more beautiful?

10. Pistol packin' Miss Dubose

Miss Dubose, the gardens at Bellingrath have nothing to compare... with your flowers. Your yard is going to be the showplace of this town. Well, grand seeing you, Miss Dubose”. The entire time Atticus is charming her into forgetting about Scout Jem is making some really good sarcastic comments. Some times the comments are a bit too loud, and Atticus almost loses his concentration. When that happens he has no choice but to swat with his hat Jem while still pouring on the charm.

11. Jem make an ill timed comment

Friday, April 18, 2014

To Kill A Mockingbird - episode 1

1. Blog Title

 

Then                                                                                 Today

911. Scout head shot                                          912. Mary head shot

            “Scout”                                                            Mary Badham

913. Jem head shot                                           Phillip Jem Alford

                “Jem”                                                             Phillip Alford

914. GP head shot                                        915. GP-now head hot

         “Atticus”                                                    Gregory Peck   (D. 2003)


The film is set in the fictional town of Maycomb Alabama. It’s modeled after the town the author really did grow up in, which was Monroeville. The role of Atticus Finch, a lawyer, is modeled after the authors father. Early on in the filming the is a scene when the kids meet Atticus returning from work. Apparently the author, Harper Lee, shed a tear as she watched. Gregory Peck was curious as to the tear stain on her face. He asked her about the tear.9.1. the kids greet Atticus She said “You’ve got a little pot belly just like my Daddy!". To which Gregory Peck responded "That's no pot belly, Harper, that's great acting.".

The film captures racial unrest at its height – or worst. And it’s a coming of age film for the kids who are forced to grow up faster, and deal with concepts that are both mature and immature at the same time. It captures life in the 1930s south better than any other picture. If you ever get the chance to see the film please do so. Not only is it educational, it’s entertaining as well.

Kim_Stanley  One of the chief “selling” points of the film is the voice of Scout as an adult. It’s perfect. It makes you want to see this film. Kim Stanley provided that voice. It’s not too southern. The accent tells you she’s from the south, but not much else. Kim Stanley was born Patricia Reid in Tularosa New Mexico. After doing some work in the theater, she migrated to TV during the time known as “the golden age of TV”. She did most of her work in the television medium. Even though she passed away in 2001, a documentary about her life was produced in 2005.


Any text in brown is from the screenplay at http://www.script-o-rama.com/

As the film opens the town of Maycomb is waking to yet another day. Scout says it’s 1932, But considering some errors in continuity the year is hard to place. But we know it’s during the depression. The paper is being delivered, and Walter Cunningham is driving his horse drawn buggy through the street. He’s driving down the street rather slowly. He’s not in any hurry, nor is the rest of the town. His destination is the Finch household. Mr. Cunningham is a proud man, but smart enough to know when he’s out of his element. That’s where Atticus Finch steps in. He’s a lawyer who did some legal work for Mr. Cunningham. The Cunningham savings were all but wiped out by by the crash of the Stock Market. Because of this he’s paying Atticus with produce from his farm. Today he is delivering hickory nuts. And apparently last week Mr. Cunningham delivered vegetables.

As Mr. Cunningham delivers the sack full of nuts he is met by Jean Louise Finch. But she’ll be forever be known by her nickname “Scout”. She makes a big production of Mr. Cunningham appearing, and calls her father. Mr. Cunningham is not very comfortable with the attention, and would rather simply deliver the nuts and leave. Seeing Atticus Finch only serves to remind him more of the entailment he owes Atticus Finch.

3. Mr. Cunningham brings the nuts

After Mr. Cunningham departs Atticus asks Scout where her brother is. His name is Jem. “Atticus? Jem's up in the tree. He says he won't come down until you agree to play football for the Methodists”. Atticus now wears a tired expression on his face as if to say “I thought we settled this foolishness”. He walks towards the tree house and says “Son, why don't you come down out of there now and have your breakfast. Calpurnia has a good one. Hot biscuits”. Calpurnia is their housekeeper. Mrs. Finch died some years earlier. Atticus tries to make his son see reason. “After all, I'm the only father you have. Wouldn't want me to get my head knocked off, would you?”. Scout moans about Jems conduct to a neighbor. Jem complains about his fathers conduct ending with a damning statement  “He's too old for anything!”.

While Jem is sulking about his father he spots someone looking up at him

4. Jem spot Dill hiding

from a small vegetable patch. It’s a small, owlish face with some rather sizeable front teeth. “I'm Charles Baker Harris. I can read.”. Master Harris, soon to be seven years of age explains that most people call him Dill. I couldn’t help but think while I watched this most entertaining DVD that maybe Dill was given that nickname because he’s as big as a dill pickle. Harper Lee has stated that Dill was modeled after someone she knew when she was Scouts age – Truman Capote. The only thing we know with any certainty is that Dill is staying with his Aunt Stephanie who is played wonderfully by Alice Ghostley. This was her first film, and its just four years before she started appearing in the TV series “Bewitched”.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Harvey–Escape From Reality

This post is part of the James Stewart Blogathon hosted by the Classic Film & TV Cafe. You can view the complete blogathon schedule here.

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James Stewart It’s not often an actor can be associated with just one film. Mention “Gone With The Wind” and you tend to think of Clark Gable. Mention the film “From Here To Eternity” and you might think of Burt Lancaster. But in the case of “Harvey” you can’t help but only think of Jimmy Stewart.

Just as the films “The Snake Pit” and “The Long Weekend” presented alcoholism and mental illness in a gritty and grim manner that may have been a bit too real for some, “Harvey” attempted to show the effects of these maladies on the loved ones of the alcoholic in a comical manner.

“Harvey” had its beginnings as a very ordinary story to cheer up a widowed neighbor of Mary Chase in Denver, Colorado whose one and only son had been killed during World War II(1).  It then became a Broadway stage play on November 1, 1944 at the 48th Street Theater. Contrary to popular belief Jimmy Stewart was not the original Elwood P. Dowd. That honor went to actor Frank Fay, who went on vacation in the summer of 1947. Jimmy Stewart stepped in to fill the void left by Fay. Harvey was already in its third solid year on Broadway when Stewart took over the role. Stewart took over the role in a limited run, and on his opening night Stewart admitted “I was awful, but I got better”. He stepped into the role, and quickly made it his own.

It soon became obvious that the play was a hot property. Research shows that the writer of the play, Mary Chase, was paid between $750,000 and one million dollars for the film rights by Universal International(2). One source mentioned $750,000 while another mentioned one million dollars. So I think it’s fair to assume the sum actually paid is somewhere in between. Silent screen star Harold Lloyd expressed an interest in playing the role of “Elwood P. Dowd”. Others stars such as Bing Crosby, Cary Grant, Rudy Vallee, Joe E. Brown (who had also played the part on stage), Gary Cooper, Jack Benny, Jack Haley and James Cagney either expressed an interest or were considered for the Elwood character(3). There were two conditions in the contract that were in Mary Chases favor – movie production could not begin until the play closed on Broadway so as not to cut into its business, and that she, the writer of the play and one of the screenwriters for the film, had the right of final choice of the actor to play the character “Elwood”. When Stewart did such a fantastic job in the play Chase knew who she wanted in the film.

The stage play experimented with someone portraying “Harvey”. The experiment failed miserably, and the studio experimented as well. It was decided leave “Harvey” invisible, or to the imagination. Children were persuaded by their parents to go see the stage show. However, children are ruthless critics, and by the end of the first act were rather anxious to see the rabbit. Some got restless, and fidgeted in their seats. When no rabbit appeared by the middle of the second act they would yell up to Jimmy Stewart, who was in the character of Elwood P. Dowd “Hey mister. Where’s the rabbit !”. The audience would chuckle, and the play would proceed. No doubt many a parent had to do some explaining when they got home. It’s a foregone conclusion that some some kids didn’t believe their parents, felt like they had been “had”, and stomped off to in frustration to lose themselves in a small cache of comic books.

When the play closed after 1,775 performances Hollywood could start to make they’re own version of Harvey. Hollywood had chosen Henry Koster to direct the film. He was on a bit of a winning streak as he had recently been nominated for an Academy Award for his film, The Bishop's Wife  in 1947. Having seen the play twice minus Jimmy Stewart he was more than eager to direct the film version. He wanted his film to be as close as humanly possible to the play. To this end he insisted that Mary Chase, the writer of the play, write the screenplay with the assistance of Oscar Brodney. In another attempt to have the film resemble the play he hired Josephine Hull (Veta), Victoria Horne (Myrtle Mae), and Jesse White (Wilson), to reprise the roles they created on Broadway. Only Josephine Hull and Jesse White were in the original cast in 1944. Even though Hollywood wanted to remain true to the stage play they couldn’t resist messing with perfection. In the Broadway version of the play Jesse Whites character had the first name of Duane. In the movie it was changed to Marvin.

Hollywood did not want to risk Harvey on an unknown entity. And they certainly were not going to risk such a hot property on a person the movie going public didn’t know very well. So, as strange as it may seem, Bing Crosby (White Christmas, Going My Way) almost became Elwood P. Dowd. Crosby fans didn’t think too highly of the idea, and Mary Chase positively hated it. So in the end Stewart was in, Bing was out, and Hollywood would not get its way.

The stage play had only two sets whereas the film version in excess of 30 sets. So Chase wrote some extra dialog specifically for the film version. Now Elwood is supposed to be an alcoholic. But we never see him getting drunk because the Hollywood Production Code of 1950 prohibited Stewart from even taking the mildest of drinks when he was on film. So all he could do is order drinks as frequently as possible. Koster and Stewart discovered they liked working together, and would soon work together on another film - No Highway In The Sky. Koster and Stewart were unable to attend the U.S. premiere because they were busy working in London on the fore mentioned film. Koster and Stewart screened “Harvey” in the company of Marlene Dietrich who thoroughly enjoyed the film.

Even though “Harvey” did respectable box office business, it did not recoup the monies used to acquire the rights, or pay for production of the film. Sadly it’s a film that has not aged well despite the fact that there are numerous stage revivals all over the globe. It has become a film that is a forgotten gem. But Harvey references can be found in movies (Who Framed Roger Rabbit and Wallace And Gromit: The Curse of The Were-Rabbit among dozens of others) The name Harvey was used in the incorporation of a London legal firm, and productions of Harvey covering the stage, television, and radio would make sure Elwood and Harvey would be seen and heard by thousands, and their very existence would extend well into the 21 century.

 

Footnotes with links

TCM Page about the film “Harvey” - http://www.tcm.com/tcmdb/title/19347/Harvey/

Other reviews of the film “Harvey”          http://www.tcm.com/tcmdb/title/19347/Harvey/other-reviews.html

Section entitled “Articles” http://www.tcm.com/tcmdb/title/19347/Harvey/articles.html                             (1)  Origins of “Harvey”   Author is  Andrea Passafiume of articles on Articles page

(2) Film rights fee discrepancy http://www.tcm.com/tcmdb/title/19347/Harvey/notes.html                                                                                                                                                            http://www.tcm.com/tcmdb/title/19347/Harvey/trivia.html                                                 $750,000 dollars mentioned

(3) Other stars considered for the role of “Elwood”  

  http://www.afi.com/members/catalog/10top10View.aspx?bhcp=1&Movie=27603 

Other links of interest

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frank_Fay_(American_actor)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mary_Chase_(playwright)   http://marycoylechase.com/

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0042546/ (Harvey film)

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Harvey–Episode 13

A taxi cab comes to a stop at the front of the sanitarium. Out pops Veta, Myrtle Mae, and Judge Gaffney. Veta enters the reception area, looks about for white slavers and large rabbits, and seeing none announces “Ooh, good! Nobody here but people!”. 

100. The trio arrive in a taxi

It’s the wee hours of the morning, Judge Gaffney has been called out of bed (he’s not at all happy about having his beauty sleep interrupted) and wishes to see Dr. Chumley. After being told he’ll have to wait his usual polite nature goes right out the window. “After dragging me out of bed at this hour?! Tell him Judge Omar Gaffney's here!”. Dr. Sanderson says he’s the one who called the judge once Elwood was found and returned to the sanitarium. “Dr. Sanderson, I demand that this matter be settled right now!”. Veta notices Dr. Sanderson and brings this to Judge Gaffneys attention. “Look, he's the one I told you about. The eyes!”. Judge Gaffney asks Dr. Sandersons opinion about Elwood. “Well, in my opinion, Elwood P. Dowd is suffering from a third degree hallucination, and I recommend formula Number nine-seven-seven. Now, that's a powerful serum which will shock him back to reality”.

101. I reccomend serum 977

                     “I recommend formula Number nine-seven-seven”

Myrtle Mae is not so sure about Sanderson or formula 977.  She’s has her own diagnosis. “Lock him up!”.  Just look at her face – I think she was one of my teachers in grade school – brrrrr. Things are starting to happen, and that pleases the judge. “If this shock formula brings people back to reality, that's where we want Elwood”. But then he’s informed only Dr. Chumley can authorize the use of formula 977. The judge loses his temper. Having lost all patience with Dr. Sanderson he turns to Nurse Kelly. “Well, then why waste my time?! Young lady, will you kindly inform Dr. Chumley of my presence or must I do it?!”. As Nurse Kelly informs Dr. Chumley of Judge Gaffneys presence and mood Wilson enters the room. Myrtle Mae starts walking towards Wilson while Veta mutters, and shudders at the thoughts in her head.

Kelly alerts Dr. Chumley. But Elwood comes out of the office first. Wilson races like a guard dog for the office door just in time to see Dr. Chumley exit his office. Elwood greets everybody, while Doctors Sanderson and Chumley seem in no hurry to do anything. Judge Gaffney is clearly unimpressed and barks at Dr. Chumley. “Well, Dr. Chumley, a-are we gonna settle this matter or are we not?”. Dr. Chumley announces he’s handed over the case to Dr. Sanderson, who promptly answers that he no longer works there. Dr. Chumley asks Sanderson to ignore his outburst of earlier that afternoon. He then excuses himself and returns to his office.

102. Everybody watches Dr. Chumley go into his office 

Elwood thinks all this affection is cause for a drink, and invites everybody to Charlies. Veta vetoes that idea, and more or less says he’s going to stay at the sanitarium. Then Elwood compliments Nurse Kelly whose wearing the flower he gave her. Nurse Kelly kisses Elwood for the compliment.

Elwood is offered the serum which quickly declines.

103. you won't see the rabbit

                                   “You won’t see the rabbit”

Veta starts crying and moaning while leaning against a pillar. “I'm only thinking of you. You're my brother and I've known you for years. I'd do anything for you. Harvey wouldn't do anything for you. He's making a fool of you, Elwood. Don't be a fool. Why, you could amount to something. You could be sitting on the Western Slope Water Board right now if you'd only go over and ask them!”. Elwood says he’ll inquire about the Water Board the following day. “Tomorrow! I wish there might never be another tomorrow! Not if Myrtle Mae and I have to go on living with that rabbit! Our friends never come to see us any more! We have no social life whatever! We've no life at all! We're both perfectly miserable! But perhaps you don't care!”. Elwood is now more than aware of the effect Harvey is having. And decides in favor of the serum.

104. Veta wants Elwood to have the serum 

Nurse Kelly quietly ushers Elwood into Sandersons office, where he’ll get the injection. Veta sits down and waits for the procedure to be over. She is comforted by Judge Gaffney. Meanwhile the cabby who drove them to the sanitarium wanders in. “Oh, there you are. Lady jumped outta my cab and left without payin' me. She didn't say anything and a fellah gets nervous after a while”.

105. The judge forgot his wallet

The judge pats himself down in search of his elusive wallet. After giving himself a through going over he can’t find his wallet. “Why - I musta forgot my wallet. I was dragged outa bed in such a hurry it's a wonder I didn't forget my pants. Mm - beg your pardon, Veta. Uh - would you take a check?”. The cabby says no. Veta rifles through her coin purse and discovers several packages of pills, a bottle of medicine, a teaspoon, and a hanky. Then she thinks of getting the money from Elwood. “Oh I know. I'll get it for you from my brother, but I can't go into him just now. He's in there getting an injection. It won't take long. You'll have to wait”. The cabby is very unimpressed. “And I told you I want my money now or I'm nosin' the cab back to town, and you can wait for the bus”. Veta mutters something unkind under her breath, and knocks on the door of Dr. Sandersons office. As soon as the door opens Veta explains the situation to Elwood. “Elwood, I came off without my coin purse. Will you give this man two dollars and seventy-five cents - but don't give him any more. He's been very rude”. From the look on Dr. Sandersons face says he’s none too pleased about being interrupted. Elwood goes out into the reception area, introduces himself, and invites the cabby to dinner. After a chat that goes on far too long Elwood returns to the examining room and closes the door. The cabby is genuinely impressed with Elwood. Veta agrees, but chastises the cabby. He then clarifies what he means. “I been drivin' this route fifteen years. I've brought 'em out here to get that stuff and I've drove 'em home after they had it. It changes them. On the way out here, they sit back and enjoy the ride. They talk to me. Sometimes we stop and watch the sunsets and look at the birds flyin'. Sometimes we stop and watch the birds when there ain't no birds...and look at the sunsets when it's rainin' - heh - we have a swell time. And I always get a big tip. But afterwards? Oh oh!”. Veta is alarmed, and asks him to continue.

107. it changes them-crab crab crab

They crab, crab, crab! They yell at me - watch the lights - watch the brakes - watch the intersection. They scream at me to hurry. They got no faith - in me or my buggy - yet it's the same cab - same driver, and we're goin' back over the very same road. It's no fun - and no tips”. Veta insists that Elwood would have given him a tip. And that he’ll still be kind.

107a. pefectly regular human being - a real stinker Not after this he won't be. After this, he'll be a perfectly normal human bein' - and you know what stinkers they are. Glad I met ya - I'll wait”.

More then alarmed Veta starts hammering on the door, yelling for the procedure to stop, and for Elwood to come out.

107b. Veta pounds on the door

The judge tries to stop this behavior. Dr. Chumley opens the door and inquires as to what the problem is. Then the door to Dr. Sandersons office finally opens. Elwood walks out, and Veta collapses into Elwoods arms crying.

108a. no injection

Wilson now gets into the act. But Myrtle Mae calls him off (he’s now officially under her spell). But Veta gets a few good licks in using her purse as a weapon. After giving Wilson a few good whacks she checks her purse because it felt heavier, and discovers her coin purse. Now that Elwood isn’t going to get the injection she starts defending Harvey. The judge doesn’t believe his ears. After collecting his hat and coat he bellows with all the authority he can muster “Well, have it your own way, but I'm gonna take that cab back to town and I'm not givin' up another night's sleep again no matter how big the animal is”. After the judge leaves Veta turns toward Myrtle Mae, and finds her in the company of Wilson. She shivers at a rather uncomfortable thought. Elwood is quite pleased that his niece has met someone, and invites Wilson to dinner, which he quickly accepts. Veta shivers once more and exits the sanitarium. Elwood follows Veta and finds Harvey in the swing on the front porch. Harvey and Elwood conspire to have a night-cap at Charlies when all of sudden the front door opens and Dr. Chumley appears.

108b. let him stay with me

Mr. Dowd - don't take him away. Let him stay with me” says the doctor. Elwood and Harvey talk it over and Harvey decides to stay with the doctor for a while. As the doctor closes the door he looks up at Harvey and asks him “Have you ever been to Akron? Hm? Akron”. Elwood is a little disappointed, as he walks away from the sanitarium but soon Harvey catches up to Elwood and says he prefers Elwoods company to that of Dr. Chumley. The four (Myrtle Mae, Veta, Elwood, and Harvey) walk to the bus stop.

108c. Harvey prefers the company of Elwood

I’m going to take a bit of rest, but this blog will return on April 16 2014. – Tom

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Harvey–Episode 12

Before Elwood enters Dr. Chumleys office he mentions that Wilson has offered to give him a manicure. And before he goes into the office he asks Wilson, very politely, to wait. Wilson is beside himself and says “Oh, not at all, Mr. Dowd! Not at all!” looking like he wished he still had the blackjack. Slowly Elwood ambles into Dr. Chumleys office. When he’s in Dr. Chumley closes the door. Dr. Chumley has his hands in his pockets, and is trying somewhat unsuccessfully to say something. Elwood tries to say something at the same time. He is offered a seat and a cigar. Elwood accepts the seat and politely declines the cigar. Dr. Chumley asks Elwood about himself, and leans against his desk. Elwood is a little befuddled as he’s sure he already gave the doctor one of his cards. Then Dr. Chumley asks the question he’s been wanting to ask all evening to ask.

99d. Dr. Chumley & Elwood chat about Harvey 

And where on the face of this tired old earth did you find a thing like - like him?”. The topic is now Harvey. When the doctor was at Charlies Bar with Elwood and Harvey he apparently learned something he didn’t expect. He expected to hear a fanciful tale, one that held little logic, and even less truth. But instead he heard the unvarnished truth about Harvey the pooka. “Yes - it's true - the things you told me tonight. I know it now” the doctor blurts out. He learns a few other things about Harvey from Elwood. Apparently Harvey has the gift to forecast the future.

99e. Harvey can forecast future events

But the fact about Harvey that interests Dr. Chumley the most is his ability to stop time. Elwood explains it to him this way “Well, you've heard the expression 'His face would stop a clock'? Well, Harvey - can look at your clock and stop it. And you can go anywhere you like - with anyone you like - and stay as long as you like -- and when you get back -- not one minute will have ticked by”. Dr. Chumley is fascinated by what he’s hearing, and sits in a chair close to Elwood so he won’t miss a word. According to Elwood “You see, science has overcome time and space. Well, Harvey has overcome, not only time and space - but any objections”.

99f. science has overcome time and space

                            “Science has overcome time and space…”

99g. But any objections too

        “Harvey has overcome, not only time and space - but any objections”

Dr. Chumley is both entranced by what Harvey can do, and frustrated mostly with himself. “Flyspecks - flyspecks! I've been spending my life among flyspecks - while miracles have been leaning on lamp posts at Eighteenth and Fairfax!”.

99h. I'd go to Akron

He saunters around the office, and eventually goes over to his couch where he lies down. He tells Elwood his dreams and fantasies. He’d go to Akron Ohio, and lie under a grove of maple trees. He’d go there with a quiet, mysterious woman, who’d listen to listen to his inner most thoughts, while holding his hand and saying “'Poor thing. You poor, poor thing”. Occasionally they would have a nice cold beer, and if all went well as they usually do in fantasies, it would last two weeks.

He sits up, plucks up his courage, and asks Elwood “Would he do this for me?”. Elwood responds that he’s never heard Harvey say anything negative against Akron. He then asks the doctor the whereabouts of Harvey. Dr. Chumley is surprised that Elwood doesn’t know. Then Elwood decides he’s most likely waiting for him at Charlies Bar. Before taking his leave Elwood wants to say goodbye to some of his friends. Dr. Chumley explodes at how blind Elwood is. He states that none of the people outside his office are Elwoods friends. He takes great exception to Veta, Elwoods sister.

99j. Your sister of yours had you committedThis sister of yours is at the bottom of a conspiracy against you! She's trying to persuade me to lock you up. Today she had commitment papers drawn up. She has your power of attorney and the key to your safety box! And she brought you here!”. To which Elwood responds “That Veta certainly is a whirlwind, isn't she?”. Doctor Chumley is angered at hearing this and asks “Good heavens, man! Haven't you any righteous indignation?!”. Upon hearing this Dr. Chumley is treated to Elwood the philosopher. “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, Elwood, you must be oh, so smart or oh, so pleasant.' Well, for years I was smart. I recommend pleasant. And you may quote me”.

At the front of the sanitarium a cab stops and Judge Gaffney, Myrtle Mae, and Veta exit. As soon as she enters the reception hall of the sanitarium she says “Ooh, good! Nobody here but people!”.

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Harvey–Episode 11

After Wilson announces he brought reinforcements in the form of a grumpy cop Sanderson says they’re going back to the sanitarium. Elwood replies that he won’t be able to stay long. Sanderson helps Elwood up from the crate he’s been sitting on. The cranky cop butts in and asks which one is Elwood P. Dowd. Elwood stands, and offers the cop one of his cards. The cop isn’t the least bit interested in the card, or what’s written on it. “Never mind the card! Come on!”, He latches onto Elwoods arm, and almost tears it off. Wilson tries to assist the cop, but is quickly put in his place by Dr. Sanderson “Wilson! What did I tell you? Wilson!”.

Back at sanitarium there’s a rattling of the front gates. It’s loud enough to rouse Herman the guard, and the person causing the rattling is Dr. Chumley.

97. the guard is alerted

Dr. Chumley not longer resembles the respectable looking man of just a few hours earlier. His hair is all over the place, his suits is dirty, and his tie is pushed to one side. Everything that made him a respectable looking man is gone. He asks Herman to hurry.

97a. Dr chumley wants in

As soon as the gates part he scoots in, now very anxious that Herman should close the gates as quickly as he can. “Close them, Herman, close them! Close the gates!. I'm being followed!. The gates are closed, and Herman asks who’s following the doctor. “None of your business!says the doctor. Herman closes the gates as directed by Dr. Chumley. The doctor is aware his appearance is in need of repair, so he starts to walk as if nothing were wrong. But something is. Something is following the doctor even though the gates are closed. He hears it, it startles him, but he doesn’t see it.

98. Dr Chumley hears somebody following him

He turns around, starts to walk backwards, and almost backs into a shrub with rather pointy limbs. He lets out a yelp, which gets the attention the attention of Herman the geriatric guard. After Dr. Chumley assures Herman that he’s all right he darts into the sanitarium. He runs to the safety of his office, which he promptly locks from the inside. All is well, or so the doctor thinks until he hears his office door creak open. For those who haven’t figured

99a. The doctor is bombed

it out yet Dr. Chumley is trying to get away from Harvey. More than rattled Dr. Chumley escapes the rabbits attentions by raising his office window, and climbing through it. In so doing he triggers every alarm the sanitarium has. Bells rings, sirens wail, and the exterior lighting system is activated. A lighting system built into the roof of the sanitarium is activated as well. The doctor starts running towards the gates where he encounters Wilson, Sanderson, Kelly, a very cranky cop, and Elwood who appears very uninterested in what’s happening. When the doctor proclaims that someone is after him Wilson and the cranky cop ask who’s after him. 

99b. The doctor triggers the escape alarms

Not wishing to have his dignity or sanity questioned he responds “I won't tell you. Forget it!. I'm going into my office - and I don't wish to be disturbed”. The doctor walks slowly in a pseudo-dignified manner towards his office. Wilson is not content to let matters be and loudly complains “Forget it, he says! Not me! I'm takin' a look around this joint! I'm gonna see what's goin' on!”. Meanwhile the others, with the exception of Elwood whose busy picking flowers, adjourn and proceed inside. Kelly turns on the lights. All of them are at the door of Dr. Chumleys office, which they find locked. Dr. Chumley is miffed, and the cranky cop asks Miss Kelly if there are any spare keys. Miss Kelly goes to fetch them, but before she gets a chance to actually lay her hands on them the office door opens from the inside. Wilson is in the office. “Doctor Chumley, I went around the house and climbed in through the window. I didn't see anybody”. The doctor thanks Wilson for his perseverance. “Thank you, Wilson, It's quite all right. Everything's all right, thank you. I'll be all right”. Wilson is about to resume his normal duties, when he suddenly remembers Elwood. “Dr. Chumley, if - if you need me, I'll - Holy Smoke! We forgot about that crackpot! He's probably roamin' around loose!”. As Wilson bolts out the front door Elwood is in the process of coming in. He’s attempting to put a flower in his buttonhole. Wilson is proud at nabbing his nemesis so quickly. “I got him, Doctor! All right, Buddy, let's go upstairs, I wanta do your fingernails for you”. To which Elwood responds “Oh, that's very thoughtful of you”. Wilson is a little put off that his comment did not have the desired effect. Dr. Sanderson says he’ll deal with Elwood. Elwood is still manhandling his jacket, looking for his buttonhole, when he sees Miss Kelly. “Oh, thank you, Doctor. Ohh. Hello, Miss Kelly. Miss Kelly, perhaps you'd like this flower. I - I seem to have misplaced my buttonhole”.

99c. Elwood gives a flower to Miss Kelly

But before anybody can do anything Dr. Chumley opens his office door and asks if may please speak with Elwood –alone.