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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dr. Sims
Mrs. Deventer


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?


When the shooting wrapped, the usually reticent Ronald Colman said, "This is one picture I hate to finish!" See more »


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


Paula: Oh Smithy, You're ruining my makeup.
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Remade as Amaradeepam (1956) 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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A must for all romantics
4 December 1998 | by See all my reviews

One of the most irretrievably romantic films ever made, Random Harvest is an absolute must for romantics of all ages. I'd agree that Ronald Colman is a bit too old for the early parts of the story, but that didn't stop him from giving a magnificent performance. And Greer Garson is every bit his match in a perfect role. However, if you possibly can, read James Hilton's amazing book first; the movie totally negates the important plot twist that makes the last page of the book such an incredibly emotional experience.

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