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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Bramwell Fletcher ...
Harrison
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Sam
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Tobacconist
Aubrey Mather ...
Sheldon
Margaret Wycherly ...
Arthur Margetson ...
Chetwynd
Melville Cooper ...
George
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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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He had found love - lost it - and now had found it again! See more »

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Drama | Romance

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Passed | See all certifications »

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31 August 1943 (Argentina)  »

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En la noche del pasado  »

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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

For the picnic scene in which Smithy proposes to Paula, Greer Garson wanted to ride her own bicycle, but for authenticity's sake, the art department found her a vintage 1918 vehicle. When production finished Mervyn LeRoy gave her a new bike, which she gleefully rode through the streets of Beverly Hills to the astonishment of tourists. See more »

Goofs

When watching Paula's performance, Smithy's position changes. See more »

Quotes

Smithy: [beaming while registering his son's birth] Writer, in a small way, of course. Writer and parent. Parent in a big way.
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Connections

Featured in Personalities (1942) See more »

Soundtracks

It's a Long Way to Tipperary
(1912) (uncredited
Written by Jack Judge and Harry Williams
Sung and Danced by the audience at the theater
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A tearjerker par excellence!
9 April 2007 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Well we have all heard the saying..."they really don't make'em like that anymore"....well it's true! It's all been said by the previous users comments but with top notch MGM production values the excellent cast sparkle in this totally memorable film. Whether the writers got confused themselves with all the plot twists it doesn't really matter as you are ultimately carried away by the 2 stars at their peak. Ronald Colman is sadly overlooked by film historians nowadays as his tender romantic screen persona seems out dated in this sometimes cynical world. What a great actor, only because his relaxed screen presence make it all the more engaging. Greer Garson could do no wrong at this time in her career & a more perfect combination is harder to imagine.

The scene towards the end when Colman suddenly regains his memory is truly and literary a "roses round the door" ending which always leaves me reaching for the hankerchief! Got to be 10 out of 10 for sheer Hollywood moonshine.


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