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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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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)  »

Also Known As:

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?


Ann Richards was the first choice for the role of 'Kitty,' which was ultimately played by 'Susan Peters'. See more »


When Rainier hosts a dinner for the Prime Minister, we see briefly on screen the invitation card. It says, "...requests the honor of your company." The English spell it "honour". See more »


Smithy: Isn't there something morbid in burying one's heart with the dead?
Paula: That's a strange thing for you to say. Your capacity for loving, your joy in living, is buried in a little space of time you've forgotten.
Smithy: In some vague way, I still have...
Paula: ...hope?
Smithy: Yes, I suppose that's it.
Paula: Have you, Charles? Do you feel that there... really is someone? That someday you may find her? You may have... come so near her, may even have brushed her on the street... You might even have met her, Charles. Met her and ...
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O Perfect Love
(1889) (uncredited)
Words by Dorothy B. Gurney
Music by Joseph Barnby
Played and sung by an unidentifed organist
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The only "amnesia" movie that really works.
16 September 2004 | by (United States) – 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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