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Random Harvest

Random Harvest

Director: Mervyn LeRoy Cast: Ronald Colman
Ronald Colman
, Greer Garson
Greer Garson
, Philip Dorn
Philip Dorn
Mervyn LeRoy
Random Harvest

Random Harvest

Director: Mervyn LeRoy Cast: Ronald Colman
Ronald Colman
, Greer Garson
Greer Garson
, Philip Dorn
Philip Dorn
Mervyn LeRoy

DVD (B&W / Full Frame)

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At the close of World War I, shell-shocked amnesia victim Ronald Colman is sequestered in a London sanitarium; with no identity and no next of kin, he has nowhere else to go. Unable to stand the loneliness, Colman wanders into the streets, then stumbles into a music hall, where he is befriended by good-natured entertainer Greer Garson. That Colman and Garson fall in love and marry should surprise no one; what is surprising, at least to Colman, is that he discovers that he has a talent for writing. Three years pass: while in Liverpool to sell one of his stories, Colman is struck down by a speeding car. When he comes to, he has gained full memory of his true identity; alas, he has completely forgotten both Garson and their child. Returning to his well-to-do relatives, Colman takes over the family business. Having lost her child, the distraught Garson seeks out the missing Colman. Psychiatrist Philip Dorn helps Garson, advising her that to reveal her identity may prove a fatal shock for her husband. To stay near him all the same, Garson takes a job as Colman's secretary. "Strangely" attracted to Garson, Colman falls in love with her all over again. Will there be yet another memory lapse? Under normal circumstances, we wouldn't believe a minute of Random Harvest, but the magic spell woven by the stars and by author James Hilton (Lost Horizon, Goodbye Mr. Chips etc.) transforms the wildly incredible into the wholly credible (just one quibble: isn't Colman a bit long in tooth as a "young" World War I veteran?) The film was one of MGM's biggest hits in 1942--indeed, one of the biggest in the studio's history.

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Product Details

Release Date: 01/11/2005
UPC: 0012569525122
Original Release: 1942
Rating: NR
Source: Warner Home Video
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [B&W, Full Frame]
Time: 2:06:00
Sales rank: 102

Special Features

Closed Caption; 2 vintage shorts from the Era: The Crime Doesn't Pay Case Don't Talk and the Pete Smith Specialty Marines in the Making; Greer Garson trailer gallery; Audio-only bonus - 1/31/44 Lux radio theater adaptation starring Colman and Garson; Languages: English & Français; Subtitles: English, Français & Español

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ronald Colman Charles Rainer/John "Smithy" Smith
Greer Garson Paula Ranier
Philip Dorn Dr. Jonathan Benet
Susan Peters Kitty
Henry Travers Dr. Sims
Edmund Gwenn Prime Minister
Reginald Owen "Bitter"
Bramwell Fletcher Harrison
Rhys Williams Sam
Una O'Connor Tobacconist
Melville Cooper George
Margaret Wycherly Mrs. Deventer
Aubrey Mather Sheldon
Arthur Margetson Chetwynd
Alan Napier Julian
Jill Esmond Lydia Chetwynd
Marta Linden Jill, Kitty's Mother
Ann Richards Bridget
Norma Varden Julia
David Cavendish Henry Chilcotte
Ivan Simpson Vicar
Marie de Becker Vicar's Wife
Lowden Adams Clerk
Olive Blakeney Woman
Madge Crane Mrs. Sims
Henry Daniell Heavy Man
Helena Phillips Evans Ella, the Charwoman
Sam Harris Member of the House of Commons
Terry Kilburn Boy
George Kirby Conductor
Cyril McLaglen Policeman
Kay Medford Wife
Leonard Mudie Old Man
Hilda Plowright Nurse
Elizabeth Risdon Mrs. Lloyd
C. Montague Shaw Julia's Husband
Reginald Sheffield Judge
Arthur Space Trempitt
Frederic Worlock Paula's Lawyer
Pax Walker Sheila
Lumsden Hare Sir John
Peter Lawford Bit Part
Arthur Shields Chemist
Ian Wolfe Registrar
David Clyde Actor
Alec Craig Actor
Forrester Harvey Actor

Technical Credits
Mervyn LeRoy Director
Jack Dawn Makeup
Randall Duell Art Director
Sidney Franklin Producer
George Froeschel Screenwriter
Cedric Gibbons Art Director
Robert Kalloch Costumes/Costume Designer
Harold Kress Editor
Ernst Matray Choreography
Jack D. Moore Set Decoration/Design
Joseph Ruttenberg Cinematographer
Herbert Stothart Score Composer
Claudine West Screenwriter
Edwin B. Willis Set Decoration/Design
Arthur Wimperis Screenwriter

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Credits [1:34]
2. Melbridge County Asylum [5:33]
3. Peace [2:48]
4. Paula's Help [4:36]
5. Talking Rather a Lot [4:22]
6. Daisy [3:10]
7. Being Someone Again [4:18]
8. Doing What's Right [4:59]
9. Wonderful Outcome [4:07]
10. My Life Began With You [4:57]
11. Newlyweds' Home [3:05]
12. You Have a Son [5:20]
13. Summoned to Liverpool [3:44]
14. Memory-Jarrying Accident [5:29]
15. Random Hall; Sad News [1:38]
16. All in the Family [4:14]
17. Invitation; I Wonder [4:04]
18. Kitty's Letters [2:53]
19. Too Wonderful for Kitty [4:19]
20. Great Man's Secretary [2:57]
21. Real Need [5:14]
22. Presumed Dead [1:46]
23. Not the One [6:20]
24. Identity Search [5:46]
25. Merger Proposal [5:45]
26. Happy Anniversary [4:55]
27. Maybe Someone You Know [5:14]
28. Strange Farewell [2:46]
29. Melbridge Memories [5:47]
30. Looking for a Cottage [4:28]

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