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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.

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Ronald Colman
9-Feb-1891 19-May-1958 A Double Life
Melville Cooper
15-Oct-1896 31-Mar-1973 The Adventures of Robin Hood
Philip Dorn
30-Sep-1901 9-May-1975 Random Harvest
Jill Esmond
26-Jan-1908 28-Jul-1990 The Skin Game
Greer Garson
29-Sep-1904 6-Apr-1996 Mrs. Miniver
Marta Linden
24-Oct-1903 13-Dec-1990 A Yank at Eton
Alan Napier
7-Jan-1903 8-Aug-1988 Alfred on Batman
Una O'Connor
23-Oct-1880 4-Feb-1959 Googly-eyed character actress
Reginald Owen
5-Aug-1887 5-Nov-1972 Prolific character actor
Susan Peters
3-Jul-1921 23-Oct-1952 Random Harvest
Ann Richards
20-Dec-1917 24-Aug-2006 Sorry, Wrong Number
Elisabeth Risdon
26-Apr-1887 20-Dec-1958 The Roaring Twenties
Henry Travers
5-Mar-1874 18-Oct-1965 It's a Wonderful Life
Norma Varden
20-Jan-1898 19-Jan-1989 Gentlemen Prefer Blondes
Rhys Williams
31-Dec-1897 28-May-1969 The Bells of St. Mary's
Margaret Wycherly
26-Oct-1881 6-Jun-1956 Sergeant York


Ronald Colman   ...   Charles Rainier
Greer Garson   ...   Paula
Philip Dorn   ...   Dr. Jonathan Benet
Susan Peters   ...   Kitty
Henry Travers   ...   Dr. Sims
Reginald Owen   ...   Biffer (barkeep)
Bramwell Fletcher   ...   Harrison (manager)
Rhys Williams   ...   Sam (theatrical manager)
Una O'Connor   ...   Tobacconist
Aubrey Mather   ...   Sheldon (butler)
Margaret Wycherly   ...   Mrs. Deventer (receptionist)
Arthur Margetson   ...   Chetwynd (brother)
Melville Cooper   ...   George (brother)
Alan Napier   ...   Julian (brother)
Jill Esmond   ...   Lydia (Chet's wife)
Marta Linden   ...   Jill (sister)
Ann Richards   ...   Bridget (sister)
Norma Varden   ...   Julia (sister)
David Cavendish   ...   Henry Chilcet (Jill's husband)
Ivan Simpson   ...   The Vicar
Marie De Becker   ...   Vicar's Wife
Charles Waldron   ...   Mr. Lloyd (hospital visitor)
Elisabeth Risdon   ...   Mrs. Lloyd (hospital visitor)


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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