Random Harvest

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A veteran of World War I, Charles Rainier (Ronald Colman) has lost all memory of his life before the war. Left to wander, Rainier meets a showgirl, Paula (Greer Garson), with whom he falls in love. Rainier and Paula are soon happily married, but when Rainier travels out of town, a car hits him -- erasing the memories of his life with Paula, but restoring those of his life before the war. While he returns to his previous life, Paula tries to find a way to be reunited with her husband.

Cast & Crew

Ronald Colman
Charles Rainier, John 'Smithy' Smith
Greer Garson
Paula Ridgeway, Margaret Hansen
Philip Dorn
Dr. Jonathan Benet
Susan Peters
Kitty Chilcet
Margaret Wycherly
Mrs. Deventer, Country Inn Receptionist
Bramwell Fletcher
Harrison, Business Manager
Arthur Margetson
Chetwynd Rainier
Jill Esmond
Lydia Rainier
Herbert Stothart
Original Music
Joseph Ruttenberg
Cinematographer
Cedric Gibbons
Art Direction
Edwin B. Willis
Set Decoration
Claudine West
Writer (Screenplay)
George Froeschel
Writer (Screenplay)
Arthur Wimperis
Writer (Screenplay)
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Critic Reviews for Random Harvest

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Audience Reviews for Random Harvest

  • Feb 19, 2014
    The whole plot line is a wee bit far fetched. Can Ronald Colman remember anything. Nonetheless it is charming. Likely a good distraction from the war in its time.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • Oct 13, 2013
    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 H Super Reviewer
  • Jul 28, 2010
    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
  • Dec 09, 2009
    I'd heard of this film's reputation long before I ever had the chance to see it. Within minutes I could see that the work was unabashedly manipulative and meant to be a chick flick, seriously. Well it is. A serious chick flick. On steroids. And, as such, it demands immeadiate rejection. And yet ... I watched until the end. Oy vey. Greer Garson and Ronald Colman are appropriately magnetic.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer

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