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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:
As Sidney Pollack says, this is an Essential film. 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:
For the picnic scene in which Smithy proposes to Paula, Greer Garson wanted to ride her own bicycle, but for authenticity's sake, the art department found her a vintage 1918 vehicle. When production finished Mervyn LeRoy gave her a new bike, which she gleefully rode through the streets of Beverly Hills to the astonishment of tourists.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: Smithy's hands change position when he says that he should be in uniform vs civilain attire. This same goof occurs twice more before he gives his report of the accident.See more »
Quotes:
Smithy:[Speaking of his newborn son] You can form only a very inadequate picture of him from what I've given you.
Clerk:I'll have to struggle along.
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Movie Connections:
Featured in The Ultimate Film (2004) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
O Perfect LoveSee more »

FAQ

What secret does the book keep until the end?
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44 out of 46 people found the following review useful.
As Sidney Pollack says, this is an Essential film., 24 September 2004
Author: tearose312 from New York City

I've seen Random Harvest a number of times, but recently I watched it twice as part of TCM's Essentials series hosted by Sidney Pollack. This time I was inspired to read the James Hilton novel, Random Harvest, which I recommend to all lovers of the film. If you know the film, you won't get the little surprise at the end of the book -- you will know it already -- but it's still a most enjoyable and heartwarming read. You will see that Smithy/Charles Rainier is quite a young man at the beginning -- however, I did not find Ronald Colman too old in the role, he overcomes the age difference with his splendid performance. And he doesn't seem too old to play Charles Rainier, the prince of industry. I can't imagine another pair who could play the two romantic leads, Greer Garson is so radiant. And all of us who watch old films know that people did look more mature back then -- they looked like real adults! This is such a romantic film, everyone should see it. And Sidney Pollack was right not to remake it -- let well enough alone!

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