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The Hasty Heart (1949)

In the final days of WW2, in a M.A.S.H. unit in Burma, a severely wounded corporal watches in dismay as fellow soldiers pack-up to return home but a caring nurse and five remaining soldiers bring him solace.

Director:

Vincent Sherman

Writers:

Ranald MacDougall (screenplay) (as Ranald Macdougall), John Patrick (play)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Ronald Reagan ... Yank
Patricia Neal ... Sister Parker
Richard Todd ... Lachie
Anthony Nicholls ... Lt. Col. Dunn
Howard Marion-Crawford ... Tommy (as Howard Marion Crawford)
Ralph Michael Ralph Michael ... Kiwi
Orlando Martins ... Blossom
John Sherman John Sherman ... Digger
Alfie Bass ... Orderly
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It's 1945, Burma, the day the war is over! For many this means they've survived and will be going home. But not for everyone. A Scottish soldier, Corporal Lachlan "Lachie" MacLachlan is the victim of a wound to the lower back on this day. He's moved to a M.A.S.H. unit and undergoes surgery. As time goes by he begins to recover and watches, in dismay as soldiers pack up and head for home. The doctors have told him he needs to remain "for observation". The Colonel takes Sister Parker, the unit head nurse, into his confidence and tells her that the real reason Cpl. MacLachlan can't go home is because the wound he sustained destroyed one of his kidneys and the other one is defective and will shut down in three to four weeks. He asks her to put Lachlan up with some other soldiers she has waiting to go home so that he can spend his last days with friends. But Cpl. MacLachlan wants nothing to do with friends and prefers his own privacy to "idle chat". He's a hard nut to crack and their work ... Written by McGinty <McGinty@aol.com>

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They had 30 days to teach their hearts to behave ... !

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Drama | War

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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 December 1949 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hasty Heart See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Color:

Black and White (archive footage)| Black and White

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Warner Bros. bought the rights to the play in 1945 for $100,000 ($1.4M in 2018). 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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Connections

Version of The Hasty Heart (1957) See more »

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26 February 1999 | by humptySee all my reviews

The Hasty Heart is one of the finest and most sensetive films ever made. Ronald Reagan gives his best acting performance and this story should bring a tear to the most cynical eyes. It is a story about a man with a terminal illness and his battle with self pity. As sad as it is, it is a celebration nevertheless, of the human condition. Its about real people and real feelings, not some hyped up special effects extravaganza of all prop and no plot. Although the film is not religious, per se, and does not mention God, it is a spiritual film, a gut wrenching exercise of the soul.


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