Based on the novel by James Hilton (whose LOST HORIZON and GOODBYE, MR. CHIPS had already been made into profitable films), this lavish MGM show features Ronald Colman as a soldier who has lost his memory. He escapes from the hospital to find himself alone on the streets as the public cheers the end of World War I. Showgirl Paula, played by showstopper Greer Garson, takes home the handsome amnesiac, and the two start a blissful marriage while leading a life of poverty. But when Colman is hit by a car, he regains his memory from before the war while losing all records of the events since--including his marriage to Garson. Colman resumes his life as aristocrat Charles Rainier while Garson takes on a fictitious identity to become his secretary, hoping that one day he will recognize her for his wife.
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Memorable amnesia story
Posted by Play.com Reviewer, 24/01/2014 00:03:27
Utter tosh but it's 24 carat gold tosh. Representing Hollywood moonshine at its best, this finds shellshocked amnesiac soldier Ronald Colman after WWI starting a new happy married life with Greer Garson until a knock on the head restores his memory and he returns to his real family. Colman's actually really affecting as the man who doesn't know where he's supposed to fit in and he's perfectly matched with Garson, here at her loveliest. Susan Peters too is excellent as the young woman who sets her cap at the ex-soldier. All nicely orchestrated by director Mervyn LeRoy, there's a twist about three quarters of the way through that works extremely well and sets everything up for the three-hanky ending.
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Posted by Play.com Reviewer, 12/02/2009 14:19:01
This must be the best film i have ever seen. A true tear jerker of its time. A perfect film to cosy up to on a Sunday afternoon when its cold outside. Ronald Coleman is as brilliant as always as he draws you into his world from the very start and you soon find yourself shouting at the screen to let him know who his secretary really is. greer Garson is as always beautful and fantastic. Why arent there more like this.
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Don't forget the Tissues
Posted by Play.com Reviewer, 15/06/2007 15:59:05
My favourite film of all time.
This is one of those Sunday afternoon films, like the ones the good old BBC used to show, in the good old days when there were only two channels to choose from. The story is quite clever as it draws you into it from the very beginning. Greer Garson is Greer Garson (isn't she always?) meaning very English middle class with plummy accent which incidentally, does not really go with her character as a music hall singer and dancer, however all this is forgiven as the film progresses. Ronald Coleman is so very English too and the whole film centres around this Englishness. I know this may sound strange to some of you, but this sort of Englishness can only be found in these old and quite remarkable films. Anyway, back to the film. Many times during the film you will find yourself wanting to shout out and tell Ronald Coleman just who his secretary, later wife, really is. Such a beautiful and gentle film with a lovely ending. If you do buy this, then I should warn you softies out there to not forget the tissues.
Another of the 'must be watched more than once' films.
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Posted by Play.com Reviewer, 01/05/2007 18:20:52
One of the few old films I love. The story is great. Coleman is brilliant and Garson is beautiful. Its the sort of film to watch on a cold afternoon with the heating on.
It warms the cockles of your heart. Chick Flick but memorable.
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