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Random Harvest
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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:
The only "amnesia" movie that really works. 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)
 
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Runtime:
126 min (Turner library print) (copyright length)
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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)

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Trivia:
Ronald Colman fought with the British army in World War I at the battle of Ypres in 1914 where he received severe shrapnel wounds to the knee and ankle of one of his legs. He was decorated for bravery and was invalided out of the army several months later.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: The position of Kitty's hands change when she is crying in the chapel.See more »
Quotes:
Smithy:Paula, it's - it's a lot of nerve, but - I'm - I've fallen in love with you. I'm asking you to marry me, on a - on a check for two guineas.
Paula:Smithy, don't ask me, please. I might take you up on it. I'm just that shameless. I've run after you from the very beginning; you know I have. I've never let you out of my sight since I first saw you in that little shop.
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Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
O Perfect LoveSee more »

FAQ

What secret does the book keep until the end?
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39 out of 44 people found the following review useful.
The only "amnesia" movie that really works., 16 September 2004
Author: ecjones1951 from United States

Thank heaven Sydney Pollack did not have amnesia when choosing this year's Essentials for TCM. I had long heard of "Random Harvest," primarily from relatives who saw it on first release, but never had the chance to see it for myself until this year.

What a wonderful movie. It's never overly sentimental, it's wistful and suspenseful at times, and buoyed by supreme performances from Ronald Colman and Greer Garson.

And who knew Greer could sing and dance like Marlene Dietrich! Colman was so versatile; one of the few actors who was just as successful in talkies as he had been in silents. He was by turns dashing, heroic, dignified, playful and romantic. Here he gets to be all of them. And Greer is his equal. This movie (and "Valley of Decision") made me a fan of hers, plus we have the same birthday.

Sydney Pollack was right in abandoning his long-held plans to remake "Random Harvest." It simply couldn't be done again. Mervyn LeRoy, the James Hilton story and that wonderful company of actors can't be bested.

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