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Random Harvest (1942)

An amnesiac World War I veteran falls in love with a music hall star, only to suffer an accident which restores his original memories but erases his post-war life.

Director:

Mervyn LeRoy

Writers:

Claudine West (screen play), George Froeschel (screen play) | 2 more credits »
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Nominated for 7 Oscars. Another 2 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ronald Colman ... Charles Rainier
Greer Garson ... Paula
Philip Dorn ... Dr. Jonathan Benet
Susan Peters ... Kitty
Henry Travers ... Dr. Sims
Reginald Owen ... 'Biffer'
Bramwell Fletcher ... Harrison
Rhys Williams ... Sam
Una O'Connor ... Tobacconist
Aubrey Mather ... Sheldon
Margaret Wycherly ... Mrs. Deventer
Arthur Margetson ... Chetwynd
Melville Cooper ... George
Alan Napier ... Julian
Jill Esmond ... Lydia
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Storyline

A veteran of World War I marries and settles happily into a tidy, humble life until an accident brings back memories of a former life of wealth and privilege while blocking all recollection of his existence since the war. Thus one man disappears, and another man long missing turns up and claims his vast inheritance. What does his devoted wife, whom he no longer recognizes, do? Written by Paul Emmons <pemmons@wcupa.edu>

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It's Great. Great Stars . . . A Great Story . . . A Great Author! See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 August 1943 (Argentina) See more »

Also Known As:

Random Harvest See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,210,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(Turner library print) (copyright length)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

In the UK it was named as the best film of the year. See more »

Goofs

In the last scene where Smitty goes back to the cottage, the flowering tree on the path has not changed or grown at all in the 15 years since he was last there. See more »

Quotes

Smithy: 1920. Three years gone. Three years. France - I remember distinctly. But after that - what after that? Liverpool - what am I doing here? Where have I been? Better go home. Yes - may clear things up. Better go home - .
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Connections

Spoofed in The Carol Burnett Show: Episode #6.24 (1973) See more »

Soundtracks

For He's a Jolly Good Fellow
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Sung by a mob for Rainier mediating a strike
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The best film ever made
15 December 2005 | by lamgerSee all my reviews

I've always said that for me the three best films ever made are "Random Harvest", "Waterloo Bridge" and "The Ghost and Mrs Muir". I'm very pleased to check that I'm not the only who has this kind of feeling. Random Harvest is an outstanding film made in an era when the most important features were proper use of language, dialogues, looks, music... In Random Harvest all of these ingredients are mixed to result in a master piece. Ronald Colman is superb. He plays to perfection the aristocratic role of Smithy/Charles, aristocratic when he is a humble writer and aristocratic when he plays the role of a member of Parliament. Greer Garson plays a lovely Paula/Margaret, patient, noble and guileless. They are not young in this film but it is also one of the best attractions in this film: love is never old enough. There are some culminating points in this film, but the highest ones for me are: 1. When Ronald Colman is going to marry Susan Peters (another lovely actress) and they are choosing the hymns for the ceremony. Whe he listens the same hymn they played in his previous wedding (the lovely O perfect love) he stares Susan Peters in a indescribable way that says everything. And 2. The final scene (indescribable, you must see it to feel how your soul moves). One thousand times I'll see the film one thousand times I'll tremble. Thanks everybody who made possible that wonder! thank you very much!


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