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The Hasty Heart
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Director:
Writers:
Ranald MacDougall (screenplay)
John Patrick (play)
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Release Date:
2 December 1949 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
It's 1945, Burma, the day the war is over! For many this means they've survived and will be going home... See more » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. Another 2 wins & 2 nominations See more »
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Cast

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Ronald Reagan ... Yank

Patricia Neal ... Sister Margaret Parker

Richard Todd ... Cpl. Lachlan 'Lachie' MacLachlan - the Scot
Anthony Nicholls ... Lieutenant Colonel Dunn
Howard Marion-Crawford ... Tommy - the Englishman (as Howard Crawford)
Ralph Michael ... Kiwi - the New Zealander
John Sherman ... Digger - the Australian
Alfie Bass ... Orderly (as Alfred Bass)
Orlando Martins ... Blossom - the African
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Robert Douglas ... Off-Screen Narrator (voice) (uncredited)

Clive Dunn ... MacDougall (uncredited)
John Gregson ... Raw recruit in jungle (uncredited)
Sam Kydd ... Driver (uncredited)
Pamela van Dale ... Burmese woman (uncredited)
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Directed by
Vincent Sherman 
 
Writing credits
Ranald MacDougall (screenplay)

John Patrick (play)

Produced by
Robert Clark .... executive producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Jack Beaver 
 
Cinematography by
Wilkie Cooper (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Edward B. Jarvis  (as E.B. Jarvis)
 
Art Direction by
Terence Verity 
 
Makeup Department
Eric Aylott .... assistant makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Wilfred Eades .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Frederic Goode .... third assistant director (uncredited)
Cliff Owen .... third assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Victor Croll .... draughtsman (uncredited)
Bertram Evans .... scenic artist (uncredited)
Anthony Masters .... draughtsman (uncredited)
Bill Osborne .... property master (uncredited)
Arthur Searle .... construction manager (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Harold V. King .... sound
Len Abbott .... dubbing crew (uncredited)
Eric Bayman .... boom operator (uncredited)
Cyril Brown .... sound camera operator (uncredited)
Charles Crafford .... dubbing editor (uncredited)
Len Shilton .... dubbing crew (uncredited)
Dennis Whitlock .... assistant boom operator (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
John Harris .... clapper loader (uncredited)
Tony White .... focus puller (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Peggy Henderson .... wardrobe
 
Editorial Department
Eve Catchpole .... assistant editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Louis Levy .... musical director
 
Other crew
Russel Crouse .... producer: stage play
Howard Lindsay .... producer: stage play
Leslie Frewin .... publicist (uncredited)
Thelma Orr .... assistant continuity (uncredited)
Joan Wyatt .... continuity (uncredited)
 
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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Hasty Heart" - USA (poster title)
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Runtime:
102 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Certification:
Australia:G | Netherlands:14 (orginal rating) | UK:U (original rating) | UK:U (video rating) | USA:Approved (PCA #13890)

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Trivia:
When Lachie asks Yank what he's going to do after the war, Yank replies that he's going back to "...a little place on the Rock River, Dixon, Illinois." This is actor Ronald Reagan's actual boyhood home.See more »
Quotes:
Sister Parker:He's a foundling, his father left his mother before he was born. Do you know what that means?
Yank:He sure is!
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23 out of 26 people found the following review useful.
Reagan Shines, 7 November 2001
Author: telegonus from brighton, ma

As a fan of neither soap operas nor Ronald Reagan I find myself utterly captivated by the movie of The Hasty Heart, a popular play of the postwar years, which was filmed in England by Warner Brothers. Richard Todd plays Lachy, a proud, somewhat obnoxious Scotsman who is assigned to a Burmese hospital, where he is presumably recovering from surgery but in fact dying, a fact kept from him by the medical staff. The other patients are told to go easy on the fellow, to make friends with him, which they do, with considerable opposition from Lachy himself, who did not up to this time have friends. There is some excellent dialogue along the way, as the various patients and staff members attempt to soften up this hard case, which in the end they do. The acting, of Richard Todd, as Lachy, and Patricia Neal, as the nurse he develops what I guess one would call a crush on, is quite good, but what makes the film somewhat of a revelation is the truly excellent performance of none other than Ronald Reagan, as Yank, the one American among the patients, and nobody's fool. Reagan does not play his part for charm. Yank is in his way as tough as Lachy, only he accepts life and Lachy doesn't. He too has a hard streak, but also compassion; and he is never soft. The interaction between the astringent Yank and everyone else is, thanks to Mr. Reagan, far and above the liveliest part of the film, which depending on one's mood can be either inspiring, in a gentle sort of way, or vaguely depressing, given its subject matter. This is a fine example of a well-made play of the sort its author, John Patrick, was an expert at. One doesn't see too many of them around these days, as they have gone out of fashion, as the art of the drama has, for good or ill, moved on. After seeing this movie one might have second thoughts about the notion that the theatre has, in the last half-century, moved on to better things.

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