Random Harvest (1942)




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Movie Info

At the close of WWI, shell-shocked amnesia victim Ronald Colman is sequestered in a sanitarium. Unable to stand the loneliness, Colman wanders into the streets then stumbles into a music hall, where he is befriended by Greer Garson. The two eventually marry, but trouble ensues when Colman regains his memory.

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: George Froeschel, Claudine West, Arthur Wimperis
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 11, 2005
MGM Home Entertainment


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as Dr. Jonathan Benet

as Biffer

as Prime Minister

as Dr. Simms

as Mrs. Deventer

as Lydia Chetwynd

as Jill, Kitty's Mother

as Julian

as Sheila

as Henry Chilcotte

as Beddoes

as Bridget

as Mrs. Lloyd

as Mr. Lloyd

as Heavy Man

as Ella, the Charwoman

as Vicar's Wife

as Julia's Husband

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as Mrs. Sims

as Sir John

as Paula's Lawyer

as Trempitt

as Registrar

as Mrs. Lloyd

as Chemist

as Policeman

as Soldier

as Conductor

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as Tobacconist

as Sheldon
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Critic Reviews for Random Harvest

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (4)

Full Review… | October 3, 2008
Top Critic

Full Review… | March 25, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | January 10, 2004
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

LeRoy's schmaltzy and literary romantic melodrama, about a WWI vet who suffers from amnesia, was a huge commercial hit due to Greer Garson and Ronald Colman's acting and the fact that it was released in the midst of WWII.

Full Review… | March 1, 2008

Dated, but still moving '40s classic with Garson and Colman.

February 16, 2006

Audience Reviews for Random Harvest

A WWI amnesiac falls for a dancer, but their marriage fails when he loses his new memories and regains his old ones.
The plot of this film is excellent in its construction, but its execution lacks. The initial courtship between "Smithy" and Paula is so quick and seemingly insubstantial that it defies believability that she should so quickly give up her life for him. This is the "old movies" courtship that involves women and men speaking about marriage after the first or second meeting, but here it is more ridiculous considering the uncertainty of the man's position. What is more, the final resolution comes about solipsistically rather than spurred by the "secretary's" work. A good opportunity for a compelling scene is ignored, and the film suffers for it.
The performances by Greer Garson and Ronald Colman are strong, and Garson's charms are on display both in her role as alluring dancer/singer, as efficient secretary, and as notable society wife.
Overall, the performances and the basic outline of the story buoy the film, which could have taken more time to develop its characters.

Jim Hunter

Super Reviewer

This has got to be the most depressing movie I have ever seen. Not in a bad way either. Beautiful film, with the stellar grace of Greer Garson and the fumblings of Ronald Colman, it's the most romantic movies that doubles as a tear jerker that I have ever watched.

Spencer S.

Super Reviewer

the plot of this film is completely ridiculous. it's a big soapy melodrama and really not my kind of thing. however i feel compelled to keep watching...i can't explain...you'll just have to see for yourself

Stella Dallas

Super Reviewer

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