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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>

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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 »

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

The person Greer Garson spent the most time with on set was cameraman Joseph Ruttenberg, who was her favourite photographer. She appreciated his using a woman's stocking over the lens to soften and glamorize her features. In addition, he quickly realized that she looked best shot from the right and made sure the sets were constructed so he could favour that side. See more »

Goofs

The pattern of water and mud on Smithy's coat changes after the accident as he walks along. See more »

Quotes

Paula: [in the verge of tears] He'd resent me. He'd accept me. He'd pity me... And he'd resent me.
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Connections

Featured in Personalities (1942) See more »

Soundtracks

Swan Lake, Op 20, Act II: No. 13, Danse des Cygnes (Coda)
(1876)
Written by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Excerpts played at ballet
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A magnificent Hilton allegory shines on the screen!
24 October 2004 | by byuzoo2See all my reviews

James Hilton wrote a handful of works whose staying power and emotive intensity compare with the greatest of all written literature. Taken from the great book, "Random Harvest" is one of the most beautiful and tender movies I have ever seen. Flawless acting, memorable cinematography, multi-dimensional characterizations, gorgeous scenery and peerless direction augment the pleasure of witnessing this great film.

For Hilton aficionados, this cinematic gem sparkles and gleams in the sun of Hilton's undying faith in eternal optimism, hope, sacrifice and love. The story is true to the Hilton novel and left me with gratitude rekindled for all of life's great bounties and blessings, not the least of which are the everlasting bonds of love we create and re-create through mortality.

Personally, I find the story parabolic on a deeply significant level: indeed we all are children of a great--yes, royal--family; sometimes we live our mortal lives with a dismissive attitude toward what turn out to be the turning points in our lives; oftentimes it takes us all our lives to find out who we really are; we walk through life constantly "adjusting our glasses" to see more clearly, when the very key is to adjust OURSELVES so that the "glasses" we HAVE help us see clearly; and finally, love DOES conquer all.

See this fabulous movie with a dear one and experience the magic.


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