Random Harvest (1942)
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as Charles Rainier
as Dr. Jonathan Benet
as Prime Minister
as Dr. Simms
as Mrs. Deventer
as Lydia Chetwynd
as Jill, Kitty's Mother
as Henry Chilcotte
as Mrs. Lloyd
as Mr. Lloyd
as Heavy Man
as Ella, the Charwoman
as Vicar's Wife
as Julia's Husband
as Mrs. Sims
as Sir John
as Paula's Lawyer
as Mrs. Lloyd
as Old Man
as Member of the House of Commons
Critic Reviews for Random Harvest
Boasts a deviously heart-wrenching plot, dripping with sentimentality and efficaciously tear-jerking romance, even though it was altered notably from the source material.
LeRoy's schmaltzy and literary romantic melodrama, about a WWI vet who suffers from amnesia, was a huge commercial hit due to Greer Garson and Ronald Colman's acting and the fact that it was released in the midst of WWII.
Dated, but still moving '40s classic with Garson and Colman.
Parts of it are tender and beautiful, but other parts are overplayed, maudlin, and about as subtle as a clunk on the head or a taxi across the sternum.
...it is the kind of love-found, love-lost, love-found tale that appeals to most anyone's sense of romanticism, nostalgia, and fair play.
Audience Reviews for Random Harvest
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.
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.
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.
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