Cast & Crew
Norman Z. Mcleod
Upon returning for his vacation in Nassau, Sky Ames is anxious to introduce his new fiancée, Linda Bronson, to his best friend, Jeff Holland. Much to Sky's dismay, Jeff and Linda fall in love over lunch and a few days later, decide to elope. On their way to Niagara Falls, Jeff stops to deliver some business papers and finds himself detained at his client's office for the rest of the afternoon. As a result, the impatient Linda decides to call off their engagement and leaves, with Jeff following her in a cab. When both their taxis are stopped for speeding, the policeman escorts them to the judge to be married.
Soon after their nuptials, the honeymoon comes to an abrupt halt when Jeff becomes so preoccupied with his advertising business that he neglects his bride. On the eve of the newlywed's vacation cruise, Jeff is called away to a business meeting and misses the boat, prompting Linda to file for a divorce. Jeff becomes so despondent at the loss of Linda that Sky steps in to resuscitate the union by administering a potion developed in his company's laboratory that will make the unhappy couple forget everything that happened to them in the last several months.
Once the potion works, Linda and Jeff forget they have ever met, are reintroduced by Sky, and fall in love, thus confounding Linda's confused parents when she introduces her "new" fiancé to them. At first puzzled when Jeff's butler addresses Linda as Mrs. Holland on their first date, Jeff likes the idea and the couple decides to elope that night. On their way to the judge's, they are stopped by the same policeman, who insists upon witnessing the ceremony this time. After the wedding, Jeff, Linda and Sky drink a toast, and Linda shocks Jeff by announcing that the newlyweds are already expecting a little addition to their family.
Norman Z. Mcleod
Laura Hope Crews
Harold F. Kress
Norman Z. Mcleod
Edwin B. Willis
MGM studio head Louis B. Mayer had seen the Irish-born Garson in a play in London, and immediately offered her a contract. He decided to groom her to be the next Norma Shearer, and cast her in the small role of Kathy, who marries the shy schoolmaster in Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1939), and dies early in the film. Garson made a strong impression in the role, and the studio rushed her into Remember?. It would be her first American-made film - Goodbye, Mr. Chips had been made in England, through MGM's British studios.
In Remember?, Garson proved to be as adept a comedienne as she was a dramatic actress, projecting great warmth and dignity, even when the plot complications put her in undignified situations, such as wallowing in the mud with Taylor. Taylor was stalwart and handsome, which was about all the script required him to be. The juiciest roles went to Lew Ayres, as Garson's jilted fiancé, the inventor who sets the preposterous amnesia plot line in motion, and Billie Burke, in one of her trademark fluttery matron roles.
But the film didn't do much for anybody's career, and didn't do well at the box office or with the critics. "We feel sure that Miss Garson will yet justify the high hopes which her first appearance excited, but in some other vehicle," wrote New York Times critic Frank Nugent, who also complained that she was so "formidably glamoured," in the MGM style, that "one is tempted to say of her...'Goodbye, Mrs. Chips.'" Taylor, who had had two flops in a row, made it three for three with Remember?. But better times were just ahead for both stars. In her next film, Pride and Prejudice (1940) Garson was ideally cast, and the film was a great success. (Interestingly, Norma Shearer had turned down the role.) Taylor likewise rebounded with Waterloo Bridge (1940), which was a great popular and critical success. Throughout the 1940s, both were among MGM's top stars, and Garson won an Academy Award for Mrs. Miniver (1942), another Shearer reject. That role would define the Garson film persona as MGM's Great Lady. Only rarely would she get the chance to kick up her heels and play a screwball heroine, as she did in Remember?.
Director: Norman Z. McLeod
Producer: Milton Bren
Screenplay: Corey Ford, Norman Z. McLeod
Cinematography: George Folsey
Editor: Harold F. Kress
Art Direction: Cedric Gibbons
Music: Edward Ward
Principal Cast: Robert Taylor (Jeff Holland), Greer Garson (Linda Bronson), Lew Ayres (Sky Ames), Billie Burke (Mrs. Bronson), Reginald Owen (Mr. Bronson), Henry Travers (Judge Milliken).
BW-83m. Closed captioning.
by Margarita Landazuri
According to M-G-M press material contained in the production file on this film at the AMPAS Library, this picture marked Greer Garson's first film made in the United States as well as producer-director partners Milton Bren and Norman Z. McLeod's first production for M-G-M after their teaming on the Topper features for Hal Roach. A Hollywood Reporter production chart credits Ray June as photographer, but his participation in the final film has not been confirmed. A news item in Hollywood Reporter notes that a hunt expert and "the master of hounds" for Maryland and Virginia were hired as technical advisors for the fox hunt sequence.