Random Harvest (Mervyn LeRoy, 1942)

The Criterion Collection, a continuing series of important classic and contemporary films presents Random Harvest.

criterion logoFrom the best-selling novel by James Hilton, author of Goodbye, Mr. Chips and Lost Horizon, comes one of Hollywood’s most sentimental romances and one of 1942’s biggest hits. Ronald Colman stars as Charles Rainier, an amnesiac World War I veteran who falls in love with beautiful music hall performer Paula Ridgeway (Greer Garson) until a sudden accident restores the man’s true identity while erasing from his mind his relationship with Paula. Charles returns to his privileged life to become a successful industrialist but struggles with an unshakeable longing, all while Paula secretly suffers posing as the businessman’s executive assistant. A box-office triumph honored with seven Academy Awards nominations, Random Harvest is a first class melodrama featuring two of the era’s most distinguished performers.

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The Reel Infatuation Blogathon

Reel Infatuation BannersRuth at Silver Screenings and maedez of A Small Press Life have enticed us to join one more blogathon (no more please!), this one to celebrate crushes on fictional characters.  “The Reel Infatuation Blogathon” already boasts a Criterion connection with an upcoming post on King Vidor’s Gilda (1946), a worthy cinema crush if there ever was one.

MMC! will celebrate its favourite actress of all time – Greer Garson!  We’ll promote Mervyn LeRoy’s Random Harvest (1942) for a wacky “C” and spend some time gushing over how much we love Garson in the role of Paula Ridgeway/Margaret Hanson.  Garson steps out of her typical role here (and into a rather short kilt!) with great skill, being funny and sexy without losing her inherent dignity, compassion, or sophistication.  And has Hollywood ever a better pair of voices to headline a film than Garson and Ronald Coleman?!?  Enough for now – we better get writing!