Random Harvest (17-Dec-1942)|
Director: Mervyn LeRoy
Writers: Claudine West; George Froeschel; Arthur Wimperis
From novel: Random Harvest by James Hilton
Musical Score: Herbert Stothart
Producer: Sidney Franklin
Keywords: Romantic Drama, Amnesia
An officer that suffered a head injury during the Great War lives with total amnesia and takes up with Paula, living together for two years. After he is hit by a taxi, he recovers his memory except for the recent past, including Paula. Received Oscar nominations for Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Score, and Best Interior Decoration.
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Review by The Country Boy (posted on 14-Mar-2005)
This is one of my all-time favorite movies. I've probably seen it 10 times. It's based on a novel by James Hilton who also wrote Goodbye Mr Chips and Lost Horizon.
The plot has a major and unexpected twist (at least unexpected for me, since I'm not very imaginative) just before the middle. The first time I saw the movie, I gasped in satisfaction at that point. From then on, we're all hooked as we follow Greer Garson's character persevering through the almost impossible task she has chosen for herself, hoping that she succeeds.
But that gets me to the main reason I like the movie: Greer Garson. She does the best job of portraying benevolence of any actor I know. If I were shell shocked like Ronald Colman]'s character, Smitty, I'd want her to look after me. (Hell -- whether I were shell shocked or not!) This sense of benevolence is in all her roles, but this one may show it best.
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