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Random Harvest (1942)

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 »
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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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

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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Trivia

Ronald Colman had first-hand experience of shell shock - he had fought in the British army at the Battle of Ypres in World War I, during which he was also gassed. 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

Paula: Smithy, do I always have to take the initiative? You're supposed to kiss me.
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Soundtracks

Swan Lake, Op 20, Act II: No. 10, Moderato
(1876)
Written by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Excerpts played at ballet
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The most romantic movie ever made.
4 August 2007 | by crazyanimalsSee all my reviews

Period.Even more so than "Casablanca."

The only movie that comes close to "Random Harvest" in sheer heart-wrenching romanticism is"Golden Earrings," with Ray Milland and Marlene Dietrich. Now THOSE were movies!! Yes,I'm stuck in the 40's,and very happy to be there! I cannot get enough of Ronald Colman's voice,especially in this movie.He has the most beautiful inflections of any actor I've heard,on par with Orson Welles,I think,but in a different way. I won't give away any plot twists,but suffice it to say there is one heart-grabbing scene that knocks you out.This movie is not to be missed by sentimental saps who loves black and white movies from the 40's.This is one of the very best.


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