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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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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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(Turner library print) (copyright length)

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Played a record eleven weeks at New York's Radio City Music Hall, one week more than Garson's "Mrs. Miniver." See more »

Goofs

The pattern of water and mud on Smithy's coat changes after the accident as he walks along. See more »

Quotes

Paula: [in the verge of tears] He'd resent me. He'd accept me. He'd pity me... And he'd resent me.
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God Save the King!
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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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