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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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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 4 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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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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Storyline

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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Taglines:

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

Genres:

Drama | War

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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 December 1949 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hasty Heart See more »

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Technical Specs

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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

Based on the Broadway play of the same title that opened at the Hudson Theatre, 141 W. 44th St. on January 3, 1945 and ran for 204 performances until June 30, 1945. 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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Featured in 16th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards (2010) See more »

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Richard Todd + Ronald Reagan + Patricia Neal = MUST SEE
30 April 2001 | by Enrique-Sanchez-56See all my reviews

Here is a movie no one talks about, yet it belongs among the best movies to come out of Hollywood.

Richard Todd reprised his stage role and received an Oscar nomination for this largely unknown movie. Yet, if you have a chance, DO NOT miss it.

It moves you, and it makes you laugh and smile. The story is simple but the emotion runs deep.

Some may point out that the ending may be inappropriate to the subject's tone. Yet, we do see that a man's life can been changed and improved by some simple gestures of friendship. And that is all we really want to see. The rest would have truly made this a maudlin effort.

Contrary to all of the criticism, scoffing and easy ridicule of the merely two (2) Reagan "Bonzo" movies, he sure was a fine actor and we were lucky to have him in the movies.

See it.


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