The film was based on the novel of the same name written by James Hilton published in 1941.
I wouldnt usually confess to liking a romancenot the pure, unabashed kind, with brooding heroes; loyal, plucky heroines; and never-ending love. This is not, mind you, that I never watch or like themits just rare for me to admit it. Did I swallow up every minute of North and South (2004 Gaskell v... Read full article
Before I tell you of my own thoughts, I thought I’d first share a quote with you from the late great James Agee. Upon viewing Random Harvest in 1942, he said that he would “like to recommend this film to those who can with pleasure eat a bowl of Yardley’s shaving soap for breakfast... Read full article
The Motion Pictures
"You're supposed to kiss me, darling," Paula quips after "Smithy" proposes to her. (Image via recollective.tumblr) Charles Rainier – sometimes known as “Smithy” – can’t seem to keep his memories in check. Charles is a World War I veteran who is struc... Read full article
Today being Ronald Colman day on TCM’s Summer Under the Stars schedule, I was so pleased to see that Random Harvest had been scheduled for the primetime slot. One of the greatest screen romances and nominated for seven Academy Awards in 1942, this is one of my all-time favorite movies. A brie... Read full article
The Best Picture Project
In Random Harvest Ronald Colman plays a soldier with amnesia. On a foggy night, he breaks out of the asylum where people are celebrating the end of WWI in the streets. He stumbles around for a while until he meets Paula (Greer Garson), a girl who sings and dances at a club who befriends him. ... Read full article
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Paula: [in the verge of tears] He'd resent me. He'd accept me. He'd pity me... And he'd resent me.
Paula: You are from the asylum, aren't you? Aren't you?
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The title is taken from a quotation that appears in hardback versions of the novel (but omitted from most paperback printings.) The quotation is: "According to a British Official Report, bombs fell at Random." - German Official Report. The movie renames the Rainier ancestral home "Random Hall" to better tie in with the title, although in the novel, the estate is named "Stourton".
Ronald Colman fought with the British army in World War I at the battle of Ypres in 1914 where he received severe shrapnel wounds to the knee and ankle of one of his legs. He was decorated for bravery and was invalided out of the army several months later.
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