Random Harvest (1942)

Passed  |   |  Drama, Romance  |  31 August 1943 (Argentina)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Philip Dorn ...
Susan Peters ...
Bramwell Fletcher ...
Aubrey Mather ...
Margaret Wycherly ...
Arthur Margetson ...
Melville Cooper ...
Jill Esmond ...


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 »


Drama | Romance


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Release Date:

31 August 1943 (Argentina)  »

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En la noche del pasado  »

Box Office


$1,210,000 (estimated)

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Technical Specs


(Turner library print) (copyright length)

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


When the writers had trouble coming up with a scene to show Paula on stage (the book only mentioned the title of a patriotic play she was performing in), Greer Garson suggested singing the Harry Lauder standard "She M' Daisy" in a short kilt. Sidney Franklin and Louis B. Mayer hesitated, concerned that the show of leg would hurt her image as the perfect lady. They even tried kilts in three different lengths, finally choosing a medium-length one that wouldn't show too much leg. See more »


The position of Kitty's hands change when she is crying in the chapel. See more »


Paula: Oh Smithy, You're ruining my makeup.
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Referenced in Cagney & Lacey: Happily Ever After (1985) See more »


Symphony No. 5 in E minor, Op. 64
(1888) (uncredited)
Written by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Excerpts played at a concert
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Get your hankies ready!
30 September 2006 | by (London) – See all my reviews

The weepie to end all weepies! The two leads are perfect, the plot twists and turns, and Hollywood 'England' has never looked more lovely.

I'm also fascinated by the opening, given that Coleman had been through WWI, and must have known people with bad shell-shock, even if he escaped it himself. (For a modern take, try Pat Barker's 'Regeneration' trilogy.)

I think one of the reasons this sort of film is so appealing, is because of it's now-dated attitudes to commitment and relationships - you just can't imagine this story (or for that matter Brief Encounter) working nowadays - the protagonists would have taken shortcuts.

But here's to the days when this was the way one behaved!

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