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From the novel by James Hilton (Goodbye, Mr. Chips, Lost Horizon) comes one of the great sentimental romance movies. Garson's Paula, alongside her same-year triumph as Mrs. Miniver, established her persona as the strong, self-sacrificing wife. Random Harvest gathered seven Academy AwardO nominations* (including Best Picture and Colman as Best Actor) and also reaped a box-office harvest as the year's #4 hit.
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The story revolves around a shell shocked, World War I vet (Ronald Colman), who is suffering from amnesia and convalescing in a sanitorium. He simply cannot remember who he is. One day, he simply walks out of that sanatorium and runs into a dance hall entertainer (Greer Garson), who takes a shine to him. Realizing that he has been under a great strain, she looks after him and, before you know it, they fall in love and marry. Now Mr. and Mrs. John Smith, they rent a little cottage in a quaint country village, and he begins a career as a writer. They have a baby boy. All is rosy and well with their world for three years. One day, John travels to Liverpool, where he is struck by a car. The end result is that he remembers who he was before the war, but has no recollection of the last three years.
It turns out that he is wealthy industrialist Charles Rainier. He goes home and takes over the reins of his business. He ultimately engages the services of a wonderful secretary, who turns out to be his wife, though he is unaware of having had any relationship with her, and she does not disclose it to him under advice of the sanatorium psychiatrist, wonderfully played by Phillip Dorn. Steadfast, she patiently waits for the day that he will remember all that they had together.
What happens to them is memorable in this story of love lost and found.Read more ›
This tale includes a vivid telling of the story of Charles Rainier (Ronald Colman in one of his best performances)a shell shocked World War 1 veteran suffering from amnesia who is befriended by , marries and then loses his great love Paula (Greer Garson in another superb performance). Although Ronald Colman is central to the action here Greer Garson really steals the film lock , stock and barrel in her depiction of the lovely dance hall performer who falls in love and marries this mysterious man with no past only to see him regain his former life and in the process forget her. Greer's self sacrifice in the scenes where she becomes the newly well Colmans' personal assistant just to remain part of his life while never revealing her true identity to him are the stuff that romantic dreams are made of. Realistic? I doubt that strongly, but Colman and Garson are so professional and committed in their playing that we the viewers believe what is happening and are in there barracking for them .
"Random Harvest" never fails to move me and ranks right up there with those other great emotional dramas of the time like "Waterloo Bridge", "Blossoms in the Dust" and "To Each His Own".Read more ›
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Bought this because I liked it when I first saw it. It does show up on TV every once in awhile. Likable and good-looking main characters and an unusual plot that keeps you... Read morePublished 20 days ago by Carolyn Sutter
I should have read the review a little more closely - Korean subtitles on film and descriptions on package. That sucks. Read morePublished 1 month ago by sixfatcats
This movie was fantastic; very sweet, sad, and uplifting all at the same time. Greer Garson and Ronald Colman gave excellent performances as Paula and John/Charles. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Melanie B.
Loved this movie you never knew what was gonna happen, heart warming this will be a favorite for years to come.Published 1 month ago by G K
I did not order it. I ordered Mrs. Miniver, which is what I wanted. I loathed random harvest - worst movie ever unable to tolerate more than 15 minutes. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
TITLE: Random Harvest (1942) • PG-13 • 2:06:29
Ronald Colman, Greer Garson, Susan Peters,... Read more
Gift for my father. He loves this movie and only had it on VHS.Published 2 months ago by Susan Lynn Larson
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