February 27, 2017


The Hasty Heart – 1949 | 78 mins | Drama | B&W


Plot Synopsis

The Hasty Heart

Compelling World War II hospital drama adapted from the stage play by John Patrick. Richard Todd’s poignant performance in his first major screen role merited an Oscar nomination for Best Actor.

1945. Belligerent Scottish soldier, ‘Lachie’ MacLachlan (Richard Todd), is recuperating in a British military hospital in Burma following an operation, unaware that he is stricken with a terminal illness and has only weeks to live. His fellow patients and compassionate nurse (Patricia Neal) were forewarned of Lachie’s condition before his arrival, and the stubborn Scot reacts rebuffs their friendly advances. After handing him a tartan kilt for his birthday, gradually friendships with his comrades are forged.

Production Team

Vincent Sherman: Director
Terence Verity: Art Directiont
Wilkie Cooper: Cinematography
Peggy Henderson: Costume Design
Edward B Jarvis: Editing
Jack Beaver: Original Music
Howard Lindsay: Producer
Russel Crouse: Producer
Ranald MacDougall: Script
Harold V King: Sound Department


Richard Todd: Cpl Lachlan \’Lachie\’ MacLachlan
Patricia Neal: Sister Parker
Ronald Reagan: Yank
Anthony Nicholls Lieutenant: Colonel Dunn
Howard Marion-Crawford: Tommy
Ralph Michael: Kini
John Sherman: Digger
Alfie Bass: Orderly
Orlando Martins: Blossom

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