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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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'Biffer'
Bramwell Fletcher ...
Harrison
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Sam
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Tobacconist
Aubrey Mather ...
Sheldon
Margaret Wycherly ...
Arthur Margetson ...
Chetwynd
Melville Cooper ...
George
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Julian
Jill Esmond ...
Lydia
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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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Random Harvest  »

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Runtime:

(Turner library print) (copyright length)

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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For several years, Sydney Pollack planned to remake the film, ultimately deciding against doing so. Anthony Minghella also toyed with the idea but felt that some of the plot contrivances simply wouldn't translate for modern-day audiences. See more »

Goofs

The position of Kitty's legs changes when sharing a smoke with Charles. See more »

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Smithy: [beaming while registering his son's birth] Writer, in a small way, of course. Writer and parent. Parent in a big way.
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Unsurpassable
21 January 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

In every respect, especially its co-stars Greer Garson and Ronald Coleman, 'Random Harvest' is, and will forever remain, THE unsurpassable romantic nonpareil that it is.

Attempting to remake this masterpiece would be the criminal, sad equivalent of graffiti vandals overspraying the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. There has since been no film remotely as riveting, emotionally suspenseful profound and, ultimately, redeeming and breathtakingly glorious; and, I'm not at all sad to say, we will never see its equal or better.

Throughout raptly watching the superb DVD transfer of 'Random Harvest' I lost count of how many times, and I could not measure how uncontrollably, my breath bated and my heart raced, arrested, throbbed, broke, pined, and rejoiced. Oh, what an eternal story! Oh, what a magnificent, unsurpassable film!


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