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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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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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Ann Richards was the first choice for the role of 'Kitty,' which was ultimately played by Susan Peters. See more »


When he asks the date, Rainier is first told that it is Thursday, and then that it is November 14, 1920. In fact, November 14, 1920 was a Sunday. See more »


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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Edited into Hollywood: The Dream Factory (1972) See more »


The Voice That Breathed O'er Eden
(1857) (uncredited)
Words by John Keble
Music by Henry J. Gauntlett (1852) and others
Played and sung by an unidentifed organist
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One Of The Three Most Emotionally Satisfying Movies Ever Made.
22 March 2004 | by See all my reviews

Along with NOW, VOYAGER and CASABLANCA, RANDOM HARVEST is one of the three most emotionally satisfying movies to ever come out of Hollywood's classic period, and a great example of the best that MGM had to offer in the '40s. Beautifully accomplished in every department from writing to art direction to cinematography to scoring, you have only to watch the first scene (so like REBECCA's) to be drawn in by it and then consistently surprised and entertained. And reading the 28 other comments here, I am struck by the unanimity of opinion -- because what makes the contrived plot believable scene by scene, and what causes the picture as a whole to live so warmly in the memory, is the unbeatable work from Ronald Colman and Greer Garson.

More than MRS. MINIVER, this is the archetypal Garson performance: her tact, gentle humor and intelligent restraint are in perfect service to her character and the story. If she seems too starry and aristocratic to be a lowly music hall performer, she is right in every other respect, particularly as an efficient secretary, society hostess and perfect helpmate. And this is Ronald Colman's best work ever. He should have won his Oscar for this lovely, subtle performance rather than for the strained work he did in A DOUBLE LIFE. Full of wistfulness as the amnesiac early in the film, there is real heartbreak in the way he says the line "I would have liked to have belonged to them" about the couple he hopes will turn out to be his parents. But he is just as convincing later as the confident, energetic 'Industrial Prince of England.'

Colman and Garson are the perfect grownup romantic couple: they make intelligence and maturity seem impossibly glamorous, and they embody the idea that friendship, loyalty and mutual respect must be at the center of every enduring love.

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