Random Harvest (1942)
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.
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Critic Reviews for Random Harvest
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.
Dated, but still moving '40s classic with Garson and Colman.
Parts of it are tender and beautiful, but other parts are overplayed, maudlin, and about as subtle as a clunk on the head or a taxi across the sternum.
...it is the kind of love-found, love-lost, love-found tale that appeals to most anyone's sense of romanticism, nostalgia, and fair play.
Lavish but far-fetched tearjerker
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.
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.More
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 yourselfMore
This MGM film with Greer Garson and Ronald Colman is a wonderful drama/romance.
The story of an ill man that looses his memory and falls madly in love with a showgirl to only loose it again. Is love powerful ebough to regain these emotions and find each other again?!
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