January 3, 2012

Movie Review: Random Harvest

He can't remember who he is or where he comes from and his shattered nerves make it difficult for him to speak.  
They call him Smith.


Our story begins at the end of WWI at the Melbridge County Asylum in England, the military wing.   On an especially foggy evening, when the guard's backs are turned, Smith (Ronald Coleman) makes his escape and wanders about the town of Melbridge.  Confused and disoriented he is found by Paula (Greer Garson), a dancer/singer with a traveling troupe of performers.  Paula feels sorry for Smith, whom she calls Smithy, and decides to help him recover.  They travel to the country where Smithy soon regains his confidence and his speech.  And they fall in love.  But what will happen when Smithy disappears?  Will Paula ever find out what happened to her husband?

I love this movie.  My mom loves this movie.  My brother loves this movie.
It's beautiful and romantic, yet suspenseful and mysterious.
Greer Garson is stunningly beautiful as Paula and Ronald Coleman is superb in his role as Smithy.  And he has an awesome accent. =)
Definitely a film that we need to add to our personal library.

And here's several LUX Radio Theater versions, if that's your cup of tea.

Happy Trails, y'all!


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