Random Harvest

Closed Capationed Starring: Ronald Colman & Greer Garson Director: Mervyn LeRoy
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DVD Features:

  • Vintage shorts Don't Talk and Marines in the Making
  • Rated: Not Rated
  • Closed captioning available
  • Run Time: 2 hours, 6 minutes
  • Video: Black & White
  • Released:
  • Originally Released: 1942
  • Label: Warner Home Video
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Packaging: Keep Case
  • Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
  • Audio:
    • Mono 1.0 English
    • Mono 1.0 Frnech
  • Additional Release Material:
    • Documentary
    • Theatrical Trailer:
      1. Greer Garson Trailer Gallery

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Entertainment Reviews:

Entertainment Weekly - 01/14/2005
"Garson and Ronald Colman beautifully play the delicacy of two aching souls trying to recapture their lost romance."
Los Angeles Times - 01/09/2005
"This 1942 classic is one of those great romantic dramas that Hollywood seems incapable of making these days..."

Description by OLDIES.com:

Paula Smith (Greer Garson) is the secretary of industrialist Charles Rainier (Ronald Colman). She's also his wife, which Charles does not know. Shell-shocked during World War I, he doesn't recall his days as her husband, John Smith. Advised not to endanger Charles' fragile mental state, Paula cannot openly reveal her identity. She must find other ways to help him remember their life together.

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 Award nominations and also reaped a box-office harvest as the year's number 4 hit.

Product Description:

Based on the novel by James Hilton (whose LOST HORIZON and GOODBYE, MR. CHIPS had already been made into profitable films), this lavish MGM show features Ronald Colman as a soldier who has lost his memory. He escapes from the hospital to find himself alone on the streets as the public cheers the end of World War I. Showgirl Paula, played by showstopper Greer Garson, takes home the handsome amnesiac, and the two start a blissful marriage while leading a life of poverty. But when Colman is hit by a car, he regains his memory from before the war while losing all records of the events since--including his marriage to Garson. Colman resumes his life as aristocrat Charles Rainier while Garson takes on a fictitious identity to become his secretary, hoping that one day he will recognize her for his wife. This blockbuster romance directed by the great Mervyn LeRoy survives today on the heat the two stars emanate for each other.

Description by Warner Home Video:

Paula Smith (Greer Garson) is the secretary of industrialist Charles Rainier (Ronald Colman). She's also his wife, which Charles does not know. Shell-shocked during World War I, he doesn't recall his days as her husband, John Smith. Advised not to endanger Charles' fragile mental state, Paula cannot openly reveal her identity. She must find other ways to help him remember their life together. 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 Award nominations (including Best Picture and Colman as Best Actor) and also reaped a box-office harvest as the year's #4 hit.
Award: AFI - Top 100 Passions

Plot Synopsis:

A shell-shocked World War I veteran who has lost his memory escapes from the hospital where he's being treated. Trying to rebuild his life from scratch, he encounters a lonely dance-hall girl who helps him get back on his feet. The two find happiness together but their love is on borrowed time, as his memory could return any day.

Plot Keywords:

Adventure | Romance | Suspense | Thriller

Production Notes:

  • The film was one of the most popular of 1942 and was frequently shown to GIs during the course of the war.
  • The use of a miniskirt in a dance sequence made Garson's gams as hotly discussed as her fine performance.
  • Under MGM contracts, Greer Garson and director Mervyn LeRoy would work together on five films.

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