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Director:
Writers:
Claudine West (screen play) &
George Froeschel (screen play) ...
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Release Date:
31 August 1943 (Argentina) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
It's Great. Great Stars . . . A Great Story . . . A Great Author! See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for 7 Oscars. Another 1 win See more »
User Reviews:
Very Watchable But Frustrating Story See more (97 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Ronald Colman ... Charles Rainier

Greer Garson ... Paula
Philip Dorn ... Dr. Jonathan Benet
Susan Peters ... Kitty

Henry Travers ... Dr. Sims

Reginald Owen ... 'Biffer'
Bramwell Fletcher ... Harrison

Rhys Williams ... Sam

Una O'Connor ... Tobacconist
Aubrey Mather ... Sheldon
Margaret Wycherly ... Mrs. Deventer
Arthur Margetson ... Chetwynd
Melville Cooper ... George

Alan Napier ... Julian
Jill Esmond ... Lydia
Marta Linden ... Jill
Ann Richards ... Bridget

Norma Varden ... Julia
David Cavendish ... Henry Chilcet
Ivan F. Simpson ... The Vicar (as Ivan Simpson)
Marie De Becker ... Vicar's Wife
Charles Waldron ... Mr. Lloyd
Elisabeth Risdon ... Mrs. Lloyd
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Harry Adams ... Businessman (uncredited)
Lowden Adams ... Clerk (uncredited)
Harry Allen ... Bartender (uncredited)
Hooper Atchley ... Businessman (uncredited)
Jimmy Aubrey ... Man Outside Asylum (uncredited)
Charles Bennett ... Porter (uncredited)
Frank Benson ... Workman (uncredited)
Olive Blakeney ... Miss Barnes (uncredited)
Matthew Boulton ... Policeman (uncredited)
John Burton ... Pearson (uncredited)
St. Luke's Episcopal Church Choristers ... Church Singers (uncredited)
Wallis Clark ... Jones (uncredited)
David Clyde ... Lodgekeeper at Random Hall (uncredited)
Robert Cory ... Waiter (uncredited)
Alec Craig ... Comedian (uncredited)
Madge Crane ... Mrs. Sims (uncredited)
Sidney D'Albrook ... Workman (uncredited)
Henry Daniel ... Heavy Man (uncredited)
Harold De Becker ... Milk Deliveryman (uncredited)
Helena Phillips Evans ... Ella - Charwoman (uncredited)
Herbert Evans ... Member of House of Commons (uncredited)
Al Ferguson ... Workman (uncredited)
Edward Fielding ... Prime Minister (uncredited)
Leatrice Joy Gilbert ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Arthur Gould-Porter ... Attendant (uncredited)
Bobby Hale ... Workman (uncredited)
Lumsden Hare ... Sir John (uncredited)
Sam Harris ... Member of House of Commons (uncredited)
Winifred Harris ... Ballet (uncredited)
Hugh Harrison ... Workman (uncredited)
Forrester Harvey ... Cabby (uncredited)
Al Hill ... Member of House of Commons (uncredited)
Ernest Hilliard ... Member of House of Commons (uncredited)
James Hilton ... Narrator (voice) (uncredited)
Keith Hitchcock ... Commissionaire (uncredited)
Tommy Hughes ... Workman (uncredited)
Lilyan Irene ... Waitress (uncredited)
Boyd Irwin ... Party Whip (uncredited)
Bill James ... Workman (uncredited)
Colin Kenny ... Workman (uncredited)
Terry Kilburn ... Newsboy on Sidewalk (uncredited)
Henry King ... Workman (uncredited)
George Kirby ... Conductor (uncredited)

Peter Lawford ... Soldier (uncredited)
Gwendolyn Logan ... Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Stanley Mann ... Workman (uncredited)
Dan Maxwell ... Workman (uncredited)
Clement May ... Beddoes (uncredited)
Cyril McLaglen ... Liverpool Policeman (uncredited)
Kay Medford ... Wife (uncredited)
Pat Moriarty ... Workman (uncredited)
Leonard Mudie ... Old Man Witnessing Accident (uncredited)
Bill Nind ... Workman (uncredited)
Rita Page ... Nurse (uncredited)
Gil Perkins ... Hospital Attendant (uncredited)
Hilda Plowright ... Paula's Nurse (uncredited)
John Power ... Workman (uncredited)
Clifford Severn ... Albert (uncredited)
Harry Shannon ... Badgeley - Melbridge Works (uncredited)
C. Montague Shaw ... Julia's Husband (uncredited)
Reginald Sheffield ... Judge (uncredited)
Yorke Sherwood ... Cockney Workman (uncredited)
Arthur Shields ... Liverpool Chemist (uncredited)
Leslie Sketchley ... Workman (uncredited)
Arthur Space ... Traumatized Patient #2 (uncredited)
Robert R. Stephenson ... Attendant (uncredited)
Donald Stuart ... 2nd Liverpool Cabby (uncredited)
Walter Tetley ... Call Boy (uncredited)
Cyril Thornton ... Asylum Guard (uncredited)
John Van Eyck ... Workman (uncredited)
Pax Walker ... Sheila (uncredited)
Frank Whitbeck ... Trailer Narrator (uncredited)
Elizabeth Williams ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Eric Wilton ... Member of House of Commons (uncredited)

Ian Wolfe ... Registrar of Births (uncredited)
Frederick Worlock ... Margaret's Lawyer (uncredited)

Directed by
Mervyn LeRoy 
 
Writing credits
Claudine West (screen play) &
George Froeschel (screen play) and
Arthur Wimperis (screen play)

James Hilton (based upon the novel by)

Produced by
Sidney Franklin .... producer
 
Original Music by
Herbert Stothart 
 
Cinematography by
Joseph Ruttenberg (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Harold F. Kress (film editor)
 
Art Direction by
Cedric Gibbons 
 
Set Decoration by
Edwin B. Willis (set decorations)
 
Costume Design by
Robert Kalloch (gowns) (as Kalloch)
 
Makeup Department
Jack Dawn .... makeup creator
Sydney Guilaroff .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
William H. Cannon .... production manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Hugh Boswell .... assistant director (uncredited)
Al Shenberg .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Randall Duell .... associate art director
Jack D. Moore .... associate set decorator (as Jack Moore)
 
Sound Department
Douglas Shearer .... recording director
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Eugene Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Daniele Amfitheatrof .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Murray Cutter .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Paul Marquardt .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Leonid Raab .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Jonah Ruddy .... technical advisor (uncredited)
 
Crew verified as complete


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Runtime:
126 min (Turner library print) (copyright length)
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Language:
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Certification:
Argentina:Atp | Australia:G | Canada:PG (video rating) | Finland:K-16 | Sweden:Btl | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (PCA #8545)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
The film is very different from James Hilton's original novel in that it is told chronologically; Hilton's novel is told like a mystery, with fragments being pieced together.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: The position of Kitty's hands change when she is crying in the chapel.See more »
Quotes:
Smithy:[beaming while registering his son's birth] Writer, in a small way, of course. Writer and parent. Parent in a big way.See more »
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Soundtrack:
Viva La Company!See more »

FAQ

What secret does the book keep until the end?
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20 out of 32 people found the following review useful.
Very Watchable But Frustrating Story, 23 February 2006
Author: ccthemovieman-1 from United States

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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