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Monday, June 28, 2010

Random Harvest

Classic Movies Digest has another great review of a movie starring one of my favorite actors, Ronald Coleman; specifically, Random Harvest (1942).  Coleman [star of one of my all time favorites, Lost Horizon (1937)] plays a soldier recovering in an English military hospital after being sent home from the trenches in World War I with amnesia.  Having no memory of his past life, Coleman wanders away from the hospital, where he meets a dance hall girl, Greer Garson, who falls for him, and vice versa.  Marriage and child follow.  Everything is going along swimmingly until Coleman gets hit by a car.  Physically uninjured, recovers his original memory of his past life, but loses the memory of the period during his amnesia, including that of his wife and child.  Things get more interesting.  As Classic Movies Digest noted:
Predictability is definitely not an element of Random Harvest. There are enough plot twists to make Alfred Hitchcock blush, and it is these twists and turns of fate that take this movie beyond merely a sugar coated three hankie tear jerker.

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