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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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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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Release Date:

31 August 1943 (Argentina)  »

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En la noche del pasado  »

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Budget:

$1,210,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

(Turner library print) (copyright length)

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

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 »

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The bulk of the story takes place from 1920-1935, yet all of the women's hairstyles and clothing are strictly and very inappropriately in the 1942 fashion. See more »

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A must for all romantics
4 December 1998 | by (Clearwater, FL) – See all my reviews

One of the most irretrievably romantic films ever made, Random Harvest is an absolute must for romantics of all ages. I'd agree that Ronald Colman is a bit too old for the early parts of the story, but that didn't stop him from giving a magnificent performance. And Greer Garson is every bit his match in a perfect role. However, if you possibly can, read James Hilton's amazing book first; the movie totally negates the important plot twist that makes the last page of the book such an incredibly emotional experience.


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