The first 1012 films are from The 1,000 Greatest Films list, and maintain the original order. The films that follow…
He had found love - lost it - and now had found it again!
An amnesiac World War I vet falls in love with a music hall star, only to suffer an accident which restores his original memories but erases his post-War life.
Part of my War Years Challenge
Nominated for seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Screenplay plus Best Director for Mervyn LeRoy, this war era romance deals with a case of double amnesia. Oscar-nominated Ronald Coleman plays a shell-shocked British WWI officer, whom doctors have nicknamed John Smith. Only much later do we learn that he is really Charles Rainier, the wealthy heir to the sprawling Random Hall estate in Surrey.
After Smith escapes from the Melbridge Asylum in the Midlands, he is taken in by a singer whose stage name is Paula (Greer Garson). They fall in love, marry and have a son together. But soon after the baby's birth, "Smithy" visits Liverpool and is involved in a traffic…
**Part of the Best Picture Project**
I feel bad for saying this, because it's an otherwise well made film, but Random Harvest is quite boring, mainly due to how dated the film is, and just how empty it manages to be.
Which is a shame because the story, while nonsense, is a good one. Ronald Coleman plays a WWI soldier with amnesia who doesn't remember his past and ends up falling in love with a woman played by Greer Garson. He then is in an accident that causes him to forget his current life but remember his old past war life.
Part of what makes the film good is the performances by the ever reliable Ronald Coleman and the charming…
A proof that (authentic) melodrama and the concomitant spectatorial affect, typically a recognition that is really an anamnesis, is always a formal pattern and that the Platonic strain in classical Hollywood (some Ford, Borzage, Peter Ibbetson, McCarey) filmmaking was structural avant la lettre!
Absolute codswallop, but wonderful nonetheless. It's 1918, and "John Smith" (played by Ronald Colman) has been confined to an asylum as he is suffering from amnesia which started whilst he was serving in the trenches. When the war ends he wanders out of the asylum and meets Paula (played by Greer Garson). They fall in love, marry and have a child. Some years later "Smithy" is involved in an accident which restores his memory up to the point at which he originally lost it, with a blank thereafter - he is actually Charles, a wealthy industrialist. Will Charles ever remember his wife, and his love for her?
Unlikely to say the least, but done brilliantly!
Absolutely wonderful. It made me cry over a cheap necklace, a squeaky gate, and a little house key!! Garson & Colman took this movie through the roof, they were both so excellent. And there were so many stunning shots! It's a perfect drama; yes, it can get a bit melodramatic, but it never felt cheesy or forced, and every time something sad happened, I cried! So, it completely did what it set out to do!
(I have to say though, the romance between Charles & his not-really-[but definitely much younger]-niece weirded me out... Glad that came and went quickly)
Niebla en el pasado
Grandes interpretaciones y esa atmósfera misteriosa que rodea a esta historia de amnesia mezclada con romance.
Greer Garson wearing a very short "kilt". Enough said.
A writer little remembered now by the name of James Hilton contributed two major figures of speech to the English language, from "Lost Horizon" we have the term Shangri-La as the Asian idea of an utopia, and from "Goodbye Mr Chips" we have the term "Mr Chips" as used to describe a beloved teacher, both were of course made into two classic films. Not so well remembered though, is "Random Harvest", apparently the third major adaptation of his work, and one of the Best Picture nominees for 1942. Its title has alas not entered the English language as a figure of speech.
I have good reason to suspect that it might be a joke about something because the film is…
Plausibility was never a strong suit of 1940s romantic melodramas, but even at that "Random Harvest" is just too much to bear.
This ridiculous twaddle finds Ronald Colman as a WWI veteran who has lost his memory and wanders out of the mental institution in which he has been living, only to be adopted by Greer Garson, an actress/singer who performs atrocious musical numbers in terrible stage revues, and who falls in love with him instantly and marries him. Years pass and they have a baby. Then one day, when Colman goes into the city on some business, he's hit by a car and regains the memories he previously lost, but loses all of the memories he's gathered since the…
I don't know how best to describe Ronald Colman's heartbreaking portrayal of an amnesiac. The way he trembles, the difficulty he has with speech, his earnest demeanor. He was so handsome too...SO HANDSOME.
I kept nodding off while watching this film, not because it's boring, but because I'm old now and get very tired at 9pm. But after rousing myself from one sleepy spell, the shimmering dissolve onscreen revealed Greer Garson's magical face, and it was as if I was waking up and falling into a dream. As the mist in the film began to dissipate, my sleep did too. Aren't movies wonderful? Isn't Greer Garson's face wonderful? And her voice too? Can you believe she was 38 in this film and believable as a chorus girl?
This film's runtime is 2 hours + some change, but the whole thing is so tightly paced and riveting. You hardly notice. Nothing drags. It's just splendid and romantic and really...indelible.
Weepy melodrama anchored by Ronald Colman and Greer Garson. Not much to say, other than that the stars make the usual amnesia storyline work.
This was one of my favorite finds of 2015, so I just had to watch it again, this time with my family. Melodrama that works like a charm, with great performances and some effective twists.
If anything more
I have yet to see.
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
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