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Random Harvest (1942)

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

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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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Drama | Romance

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31 August 1943 (Argentina)  »

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$1,210,000 (estimated)
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(Turner library print) (copyright length)

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

With a 12-week continuous run, it set a house record as the Radio City Music Hall's longest-running film to date. Demand for tickets was so great, they had to open the box office at 7:45 a.m. each morning. The theatre's manager told Mervyn LeRoy it could easily have played another 12 weeks, but MGM's parent company - Loew's, Inc. - pulled it to play in their own theatres. See more »

Goofs

In the sequence where Rainier (Colman) see his wife off at a London railway station (about 113m into the film), there's a tracking shot as the pair walk along the station platform. The shadow of the camera is briefly, but clearly, visible on a pillar moving through the foreground of the shot. See more »

Quotes

Smithy: Miss Hanson.
Paula: Yes, Mr. Rainier.
Smithy: Owing to lamentable weakness of character I'm having lunch at the Savoy - with your approval, I understand.
Paula: I thoroughly approve.
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Connections

Featured in Personalities (1942) See more »

Soundtracks

Symphony No. 5 in E minor, Op. 64
(1888) (uncredited)
Written by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Excerpts played at a concert
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As Sidney Pollack says, this is an Essential film.
24 September 2004 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

I've seen Random Harvest a number of times, but recently I watched it twice as part of TCM's Essentials series hosted by Sidney Pollack. This time I was inspired to read the James Hilton novel, Random Harvest, which I recommend to all lovers of the film. If you know the film, you won't get the little surprise at the end of the book -- you will know it already -- but it's still a most enjoyable and heartwarming read. You will see that Smithy/Charles Rainier is quite a young man at the beginning -- however, I did not find Ronald Colman too old in the role, he overcomes the age difference with his splendid performance. And he doesn't seem too old to play Charles Rainier, the prince of industry. I can't imagine another pair who could play the two romantic leads, Greer Garson is so radiant. And all of us who watch old films know that people did look more mature back then -- they looked like real adults! This is such a romantic film, everyone should see it. And Sidney Pollack was right not to remake it -- let well enough alone!


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