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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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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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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

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

Goofs

In the sequence where Rainier (Colman) see his wife off at a London railway station (about 113m into the film), there's a tracking shot as the pair walk along the station platform. The shadow of the camera is briefly, but clearly, visible on a pillar moving through the foreground of the shot. See more »

Quotes

Kitty Chilcet: Sometimes, especially when we've been closest, I've had the curious feeling that I remind you of someone else - someone you once knew... someone you loved as you'll never love me. I am nearly the one, Charles. But nearly isn't enough for a lifetime.
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Featured in Some of the Best (1943) See more »

Soundtracks

God Save the King!
(1744) (uncredited)
Music attributed to Henry Carey
Sung a cappella by a mob at the end of the War
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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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