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Random Harvest (1942)

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An amnesiac World War I veteran falls in love with a music hall star, only to suffer an accident which restores his original memories but erases his post-war life.

Director:

Mervyn LeRoy

Writers:

Claudine West (screen play), George Froeschel (screen play) | 2 more credits »
Nominated for 7 Oscars. Another 2 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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
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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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Taglines:

He had found love - lost it - and now had found it again! See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »

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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

When Margaret and Charles are examining the suitcase in the hotel office, in one shot the case is closed and in the next shot it is opened and Margaret is fingering the shirt sleeve. See more »

Quotes

Smithy: I'm - all right. It's my speech. I can't - remember. I'm not like the others. I'm not like them. I'm all right. But I - I can't go back. I - I'll never come out; I'll - I'll be like the others.
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Connections

Featured in Some of the Best (1944) See more »

Soundtracks

Viva La Company!
(uncredited)
Traditional
Sung a cappella by a mob at the end of the War
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Get your hankies ready!
30 September 2006 | by Pimpernel_SmithSee all my reviews

The weepie to end all weepies! The two leads are perfect, the plot twists and turns, and Hollywood 'England' has never looked more lovely.

I'm also fascinated by the opening, given that Coleman had been through WWI, and must have known people with bad shell-shock, even if he escaped it himself. (For a modern take, try Pat Barker's 'Regeneration' trilogy.)

I think one of the reasons this sort of film is so appealing, is because of it's now-dated attitudes to commitment and relationships - you just can't imagine this story (or for that matter Brief Encounter) working nowadays - the protagonists would have taken shortcuts.

But here's to the days when this was the way one behaved!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 August 1943 (Argentina) See more »

Also Known As:

Random Harvest See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,210,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(Turner library print) (copyright length)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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