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Random Harvest (1942)

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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Bramwell Fletcher ...
Harrison
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Sam
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Tobacconist
Aubrey Mather ...
Sheldon
Margaret Wycherly ...
Arthur Margetson ...
Chetwynd
Melville Cooper ...
George
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Julian
Jill Esmond ...
Lydia
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Storyline

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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Drama | Romance

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Passed | See all certifications »

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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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Trivia

With a 12-week continuous run, it set a house record as the Radio City Music Hall's longest-running film to date. Demand for tickets was so great, they had to open the box office at 7:45 a.m. each morning. The theatre's manager told Mervyn LeRoy it could easily have played another 12 weeks, but MGM's parent company - Loew's, Inc. - pulled it to play in their own theatres. See more »

Goofs

The position of Kitty's legs changes when sharing a smoke with Charles. See more »

Quotes

Paula: Smithy, do I always have to take the initiative? You're supposed to kiss me.
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Connections

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

Soundtracks

God Save the King!
(1744) (uncredited)
Music attributed to Henry Carey
Sung a cappella by a mob at the end of the War
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One Of The Three Most Emotionally Satisfying Movies Ever Made.
22 March 2004 | by (New York, N.Y.) – 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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