Random Harvest (1942)

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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.


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  • Ronald Colman and Philip Dorn in Random Harvest (1942)
  • Greer Garson in Random Harvest (1942)
  • Greer Garson and Ronald Colman in Random Harvest (1942)
  • Greer Garson and Ronald Colman in Random Harvest (1942)
  • Greer Garson and Ronald Colman in Random Harvest (1942)
  • Greer Garson and Ronald Colman in Random Harvest (1942)

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16 September 2004 | ecjones1951
The only "amnesia" movie that really works.
Thank heaven Sydney Pollack did not have amnesia when choosing this year's Essentials for TCM. I had long heard of "Random Harvest," primarily from relatives who saw it on first release, but never had the chance to see it for myself until this year.

What a wonderful movie. It's never overly sentimental, it's wistful and suspenseful at times, and buoyed by supreme performances from Ronald Colman and Greer Garson.

And who knew Greer could sing and dance like Marlene Dietrich! Colman was so versatile; one of the few actors who was just as successful in talkies as he had been in silents. He was by turns dashing, heroic, dignified, playful and romantic. Here he gets to be all of them. And Greer is his equal. This movie (and "Valley of Decision") made me a fan of hers, plus we have the same birthday.

Sydney Pollack was right in abandoning his long-held plans to remake "Random Harvest." It simply couldn't be done again. Mervyn LeRoy, the James Hilton story and that wonderful company of actors can't be bested.

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