Random Harvest

Synopsis: A veteran of World War I marries and settles happily into a tidy, humble life until an accident brings back memories of a former life of wealth and privilege while blocking all recollection of his existence since the war. Thus one man disappears, and another man long missing turns up and claims his vast inheritance. What does his devoted wife, whom he no longer recognizes, do?
Genre: Drama, Romance
Director(s): Mervyn LeRoy
Production: MGM Home Entertainment
  Nominated for 7 Oscars. Another 2 wins & 1 nomination.
Rotten Tomatoes:
126 min

Our story takes you down

this shadowed path...

to a remote and guarded building

in the English Midlands:

Melbridge County Asylum.

Grimly proud of its new military wing...

which barely suffices...

in this autumn of 1918...

to house the shattered minds...

of the war that was to end war.

Now, Mr. And Mrs. Lloyd...

I should warn you

that even if he is your son...

he may not recognize you.

His memory is affected,

and he has trouble with his speech:

The result of shock.

He was picked up by the Germans...

in a shell hole near Arras in 1917...

close to death

and with no means of identification.

When he returned to consciousness

in a German hospital...

he could remember nothing at all

of his past life.

He had no name...

he had no family

with whom he could correspond.

Six months ago, he was exchanged

through Switzerland and sent here.

I sincerely hope he proves to be your son.

I believe that he could be cured...

with patience and care

in normal surroundings.

May we see him now?


Please, Mrs. Lloyd, don't hope too much.

I've seen many disappointments.

Good morning, boys.

This is just an informal visit.

Good morning, Clayton.

Sleeping better? You just keep it up.

Well, now, Trempitt, what's going on?

I thought you and I were friends.

Last time we shook hands.

Don't you remember?

Well, don't bother today

if you don't feel like it.

You can't discourage me.

There. You see, my boy? That's the spirit.

You and I will be going into town

very soon for a glass of beer...

to Melbridge Arms.

Would you like that?

Fine. Won't be long now.

Well, Smith...

you are looking better, really improved.

- Don't you think so, Doctor?

- Very much.

We have some news for you. Interested?

There are some people here

who are very anxious to see you.

Mr. And Mrs. Lloyd.


The name mean anything to you?

Their son was reported missing in 1917.

At Arras.

Now don't pin your hopes on it.

You may be their son, you may not.

We'll soon know.

My parents.

There. You see, my boy?

You speak well enough when you want to.

It's just a matter of confidence.

You've just got to

get back your confidence.

My father.

Doctor, dress him up a bit

and take him to the reception room.

Very well. Come along, Smith.


Sit down, old man.

If they are your parents...

They would take me out of here?

That's rather a big if, old man. Sit down.


- He is not your son, then?

- No.

I'm sincerely sorry.

I told you, my boy, not to count on it.

Out in this weather, Major?

You are a one for a walk, ain't you?

Proper old pea soup this is.

I'm all right, thank you.

Coat's very warm.

I like to walk.

Proper old pea soup.

The war's over! Peace!

There's an armistice!

What is it you want?

Come on, I haven't got all night.


What sort?

Why, you're from the asylum. You're...

It's all right, dear. You take your time.

Have a nice look around, see.

I'll be back in a jiffy.

You are from the asylum, aren't you?

Yes, but I'm all right, really.

If you have given them the slip,

I wouldn't stay here.

She's gone straight to the phone.

She's telling them to come for you.

Can I help you?

I thought you weren't feeling too fit,

so I followed you.

You don't mind, do you?

You look tired out.

Been walking about for hours?

Well, how about a brandy and soda...

just to pull you together?

I'm gonna have one.

Shall we go over to the home pub?

It's just across the road.

It's not the Ritz, but it's where

we all stay when our show's in town.

It's, you know, friendly.

Come on.

Excuse us, please.

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Claudine West

Claudine West (1890–1943) was a British novelist and screenwriter. She moved to Hollywood in 1929, and was employed by MGM on many films, including some of their biggest productions of the late 1930s and early 1940s. Many of the films she worked on were British-themed such as Goodbye, Mr. Chips and The White Cliffs of Dover. In 1942, West won an Oscar as one of the screenwriters of the highly-regarded World War II drama Mrs. Miniver. more…

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