In the hands of any other cast and crew, the implausibility of the plot of Random Harvest would torpedo the whole production. But Mervyn LeRoy and his leads, Ronald Colman and Greer Garson, make this a touching romantic melodrama that transcends the story. Industrial scion Colman emerges from the WWI trenches mute and amnesiac. When he wanders from his ward into a small town, showgirl Garson takes him in, soothes his injuries, and nurtures his writing ability.
While away from Garson and their son, an injury jars his memory, though he loses the years spent with Garson. Back at work in the family factories, Colman hires Garson as an assistant without recognizing her. While revisiting the small town with Garson, his memories return and the couple is fully reunited.
The peerless, velvet-voiced Ronald Colman, also owned and operated the San Ysidro Ranch, an exclusive resort in Montecito, California; John F. Kennedy and his bride, Jacqueline, spent their honeymoon there.
Academy Award Nominations: 7, including Best Picture; Best Director; Best Actor: Ronald Colman; Best Supporting Actress: Susan Peters; Best Screenplay.
Cast: Ronald Colman, Greer Garson, Edmund Gwenn, Reginald Owen, Susan Peters, Henry Travers
Director: Mervyn LeRoy
Script: George Froeschel, Claudine West, Arthur Wimperis