55. Book to Screen

How often have we seen a famous novel being butchered when adapted to a full length motion picture ????

Then are comes a glimpse of hope that these adaptions sometimes do serve their purpose ,many novels have become international sensations when they are made into movies.Most times the movie doesn't follow the book faithfully but takes some cinematic liberties which enhances or spoils the essence of the book.

And its the latter that prevails in most of the adaptations.

PLOT : " A woman's quest to restore the memories of her amnesiac husband who doesn't even remember being married. "



It was said that this novel was impossible to translate to a full length movie so to the creators made some changes to the script & dare i say that they have done an amazing job of it.


Random Harvest is a 1942 film based on the 1941 James Hilton novel of the same name ,the novel follows the life of a war veteran who looses his memory ,falls in love & again regains his older memories only to loose all his recent memories.

It then becomes a quest for his wife to make him regain his memory.I was fully engrossed in this film from the start till its gripping end even though i knew the plot before ,its the treatment meted out to the screenplay that has made this possible.


Directed by
Mervyn LeRoy with screenplay by Claudine West, George Froeschel and Arthur Wimperis ,this movie stands testimonial to quality writers resourcefulness & a director's magic touch.

"Old is Gold" ,this stands true to yesteryear classics that still looks fresh even after decades.These kind of films makes me even a stauncher believer that its the scripts that are always evergreen.


Taking no credit away from the two lead actors of
Ronald Colman & Greer Garson who have should i say made hay with their meaty roles.

Greer Garson ,WOW i still could remember those mesmerizing eyes ,she was outstanding in her role of a lover torn between two lives ,her stunning beauty was ever so visible even though the film being in Black & White.

Ronald Colman was not far behind ,his performance of an amnesiac patient is something to look out for ,his attitude ,his expressions during various stages of the film was very convincing.

This film is also one of the rare cases when a single film sweeps the awards ,it deserved each & everyone of the seven oscar awards it won.


Books & Movies are a great source of information & inspiration but when these two work hand in hand then we sure are provided with a dazzling spectacle.


Random Harvest surely is an evidence of it ,the adaptation of a Book to Screen coupled with creative & quality writing is sure to weave its magic even after decades.

  • Rating : "U"
P.S : " Greer Garson , whose performance was well-received, was ineligible for the Academy Award for Best Actress, as she had already been nominated that year for her role in Mrs. Miniver which earned her an oscar. "

10 comments:

Rajlakshmi said...

tragic plus romantic :) haven't heard of it... will try to get the novel.

Madhu said...

well,how far do u think a book can be traslated on screen..it never does justice does it?

Sat_hi_sh said...

@ Rajlakshmi

Let me know ur feedback about the novel :)

Sat_hi_sh said...

@ Madhu

Rarely it does justice yaar :)

sm said...

romance full of emotions.

Sourav said...

Sathish, Do you have the PDF version of this novel? Seems this will be a lovely read

Bharathi said...

is this something like 'first 50 dates'?

Sat_hi_sh said...

@ sm

yup this romance is surely loaded with emotions :)

Sat_hi_sh said...

@ Sourav

sorry yaar i don't have it :(

Sat_hi_sh said...

@ Bharathi

LOOOOOOONG TIME NO SEE BHARATHI...

btw "50 First Dates" is like this film & not the other way around :)

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