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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Philip Dorn ...
Susan Peters ...
Bramwell Fletcher ...
Aubrey Mather ...
Margaret Wycherly ...
Arthur Margetson ...
Melville Cooper ...
Jill Esmond ...


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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He had found love - lost it - and now had found it again! See more »


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Release Date:

31 August 1943 (Argentina)  »

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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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Did You Know?


Played a record eleven weeks at New York's Radio City Music Hall, one week more than Greer Garson's Mrs. Miniver (1942). 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: Smithy, do I always have to take the initiative? You're supposed to kiss me.
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Referenced in As Time Goes By: A Trip to Los Angeles (1994) See more »


O Perfect Love
(1889) (uncredited)
Words by Dorothy B. Gurney
Music by Joseph Barnby
Played and sung by an unidentifed organist
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As Sidney Pollack says, this is an Essential film.
24 September 2004 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

I've seen Random Harvest a number of times, but recently I watched it twice as part of TCM's Essentials series hosted by Sidney Pollack. This time I was inspired to read the James Hilton novel, Random Harvest, which I recommend to all lovers of the film. If you know the film, you won't get the little surprise at the end of the book -- you will know it already -- but it's still a most enjoyable and heartwarming read. You will see that Smithy/Charles Rainier is quite a young man at the beginning -- however, I did not find Ronald Colman too old in the role, he overcomes the age difference with his splendid performance. And he doesn't seem too old to play Charles Rainier, the prince of industry. I can't imagine another pair who could play the two romantic leads, Greer Garson is so radiant. And all of us who watch old films know that people did look more mature back then -- they looked like real adults! This is such a romantic film, everyone should see it. And Sidney Pollack was right not to remake it -- let well enough alone!

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