I like the occasional love story and this is one of the better ones. Ronald Coleman is excellent as the man who has lost his memory because of the horrors of war. The scene early on in the film where a man and wife looking for their son is brought in to meet him to see if he is theirs is heartrending. The look of disapointment and quiet acceptance that he does not BELONG to anyone is so loaded with pathos that it is hard to hold back a tear. His demeanour of confusion and helplessness makes you want to reach out to him and we are thankful when Greer Garson does.
She meets him in a tobacconist's shop where he is about to be reported for escaping from the nearby asylum and takes him away. She looks after him tenderly and lovingly and he recovers from the speech problem he has but not his memory loss.
There is a dignity about this film, first at the start when Smithy struggles with his plight and later when Paula uses restraint in not telling him who she is that is reminiscent of the stiff upper lip days. The movie is all the more refreshing because of it. We were a different breed of people in those days. This may have been able to happen in 1918 but it is highly unlikely that events would unfold in this way in today's society.
This is a highly enjoyable movie. Incidently, it's the only one where Greer garson shows her legs - and what nice legs they are! The print is superb, you'd think it was filmed yesterday. Nice contrast and sharp picture. I'm referring to the American region one version when I say that there are some curious extras in the form of two shorts of the time. One is, "Don't Talk," about the dangers of careless talk during wartime and, "Marines in the Making," showing the training of American marines. There is also an audio only Lux Radio Theatre adaption starring Ronald Coleman and Greer Garson and a Garson trailer gallery.
I recommend this DVD, it's a good buy. Enjoy the movie, I cheered at the end - my wife thinks I'm nuts.