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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

Like most Hollywood films of the era, it was shot entirely on a studio backlot, where designers and technicians created their own versions of the streets of Liverpool, London's Waterloo Station and the cottage where Paula and Smith found happiness. See more »

Goofs

When Rainier opens the telegram announcing his newspaper job offer, he (accidentally) tears it. In the next shot he's reading an un-torn telegram. See more »

Quotes

Smithy: I don't even know who I am.
Paula: Well, I know who you are. You're someone awfully nice.
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Referenced in Hollywood Hist-o-Rama: Greer Garson (1961) 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 most romantic movie ever made.
4 August 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Period.Even more so than "Casablanca."

The only movie that comes close to "Random Harvest" in sheer heart-wrenching romanticism is"Golden Earrings," with Ray Milland and Marlene Dietrich. Now THOSE were movies!! Yes,I'm stuck in the 40's,and very happy to be there! I cannot get enough of Ronald Colman's voice,especially in this movie.He has the most beautiful inflections of any actor I've heard,on par with Orson Welles,I think,but in a different way. I won't give away any plot twists,but suffice it to say there is one heart-grabbing scene that knocks you out.This movie is not to be missed by sentimental saps who loves black and white movies from the 40's.This is one of the very best.


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