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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.

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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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En la noche del pasado  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,210,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$10,137,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$17,760,460
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(Turner library print) (copyright length)

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Played a record eleven weeks at New York's Radio City Music Hall, one week more than Greer Garson's Mrs. Miniver (1942). 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: 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

Remade as Amar Deep (1958) See more »

Soundtracks

She's Ma Daisy
(1905) (Also known as "She Is Ma Daisy") (uncredited)
Music by Harry Lauder
Lyrics by Harry Lauder and J.D. Harper
Sung and Danced at the theater by Greer Garson and chorus
Staged by Ernst Matray
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The only "amnesia" movie that really works.
16 September 2004 | by See all my reviews

Thank heaven Sydney Pollack did not have amnesia when choosing this year's Essentials for TCM. I had long heard of "Random Harvest," primarily from relatives who saw it on first release, but never had the chance to see it for myself until this year.

What a wonderful movie. It's never overly sentimental, it's wistful and suspenseful at times, and buoyed by supreme performances from Ronald Colman and Greer Garson.

And who knew Greer could sing and dance like Marlene Dietrich! Colman was so versatile; one of the few actors who was just as successful in talkies as he had been in silents. He was by turns dashing, heroic, dignified, playful and romantic. Here he gets to be all of them. And Greer is his equal. This movie (and "Valley of Decision") made me a fan of hers, plus we have the same birthday.

Sydney Pollack was right in abandoning his long-held plans to remake "Random Harvest." It simply couldn't be done again. Mervyn LeRoy, the James Hilton story and that wonderful company of actors can't be bested.


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