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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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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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Runtime:

(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

Despite their fondness for Mervyn LeRoy and each other, Greer Garson and Ronald Colman did little socializing on the set. They spent time between shots in their dressing rooms, working on the script or just relaxing. See more »

Goofs

Smithy's hands change position when he says that he should be in uniform vs civilain attire. This same goof occurs twice more before he gives his report of the accident. See more »

Quotes

Smithy: 1920. Three years gone. Three years. France - I remember distinctly. But after that - what after that? Liverpool - what am I doing here? Where have I been? Better go home. Yes - may clear things up. Better go home - .
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Connections

Spoofed in The Carol Burnett Show: Episode #6.24 (1973) See more »

Soundtracks

It's a Long Way to Tipperary
(1912) (uncredited)
Written by Jack Judge and Harry Williams
Sung and Danced by the audience at the theater
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One of the best Ever !!!!!!!!!!!!
20 October 2001 | by (Ile-de-France / Paris Region, France) – See all my reviews

Due to being overjoyed in January 2005 at being finally able to own a copy of this masterpiece on DVD, I am re-editing my previous comments dating from 2001 slightly. Since that time, I have noticed a marked increase in the number of comments upon this film, and, furthermore, nearly all of the comments are highly positive. That just goes to show what a masterpiece this film is !

Indeed, I have my own personal list of top ten best films and this is one of them together with "Waterloo Bridge" !. It is a beautifully romantic (they just don't mak'em like that any more !!) and satisfying film to watch, and I just love the tune "O Perfect Love" which recurs on several occasions through the movie. I just wonder whether there is someone else in the world who loves this movie as much as me. Greer Garson is incredibly beautiful and sexy in this film and I would dearly loved to be "picked up" by her like Smithy was !! The overall plot is fantastic and is like a dream and the actors are beautiful. I may add that the quality of the DVD recording is excellent and in several languages/subtitles so there is no excuse for anyone being disappointed ! You need a large supply of hankies or Kleenex to make it right to the end without being flooded out. I did ! Let's hope that "Waterloo Bridge" will be given the same treatment in the coming months ..............


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