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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31 August 1943 (Argentina)  »

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$1,210,000 (estimated)

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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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Very Watchable But Frustrating Story
23 February 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

For those who like melodramas, this is one of the better ones. I don't particularly care for them, but this one kept my interest for the whole 127 minutes, so it must be good.

The film reminded me of "Tomorrow Is Forever," with Orson Welles and Claudette Colbert. That, too, was a fine film but a frustrating one to watch. This, too, has its frustrations as Greer Garson holds back information that you and I couldn't have the strength to do.

I don't recall Garson ever looking prettier and more wholesome in a film. Ronald Colman, the male lead, entertains as he usually does. It was interesting to see Philip Dorn, too, the "papa" in "I Remember Mama," one of my favorite films. Adding to this cast are Susan Peters, Henry Travers, Reginald Owen and Bramwell Fletcher.

About the story, it's simply about a World War I vet who loses his memory, meets and falls in love with Garson, whom he marries. Then one day, an accident jars his memory and now his life with Garson is blanked out of his memory bank and he starts all over again in another town, leaving Garson back home and wondering whatever happened to her husband!

One thing: in all the time that passes - about 15 years - no one ages! They still look the same! Also, Colman playing a returning veteran was a little far-fetched. I mean, the guy was 40 or 50 years old, playing a young 20s guy?? Oh, well.

Overall, a good story that keeps your interest, even if it suspends belief. How many times you'd watch this depends on how much these type of stories appeal to you. If you love them, this is one you'd want in your collection, especially since it is out on DVD now.

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